The Vision of SAVA

To be established as the professional body recognised and respected by all stakeholders, representing a united profession, acknowledged as the leaders in animal health, production and welfare.

Why should you be a member of the SAVA?

The driving force of SAVA is the needs and interests of its members.

The SAVA offers the following benefits to its members:

Committees, Groups and Branches

The COMMITTEES of the SAVA play important roles in representing interests of members and the profession as a whole. Committees of the SAVA: Finance, Education, Ethics, Marketing and Communication, Congress Standing, Animal Welfare, Veterinary History, Editorial (JSAVA), Awards, VetNews, Remuneration, Medicines, One Health Disaster Management and Vetshop Committees.

Ethics Committee:

The essential mandate of the Ethics Committee is to mediate and attempt to amicably resolve conflict which has arisen for whatever reason between a member of the public and a veterinarian. In so doing the Ethics Committee currently prevents around 85% of the complaints they facilitate from reaching the South African Veterinary Council, with all the stress and expense that then ensues.

Editorial (Journal of the SAVA):

The overarching objective of the Editorial Committee is to publish a scientific Veterinary Journal that inter alia will be:

  • Of international standard
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Contain reviews, articles, clinical communications, short communications and letters to the editor that are of primary interest to members of the SAVA.

Remunerations Committee:

The production of an annual edition of a recommended guideline of remuneration for assistants, locums and veterinary nurses is the main focus of the Remuneration Committee.

Marketing & Communications:

The aim is to market the SAVA to its members, to the veterinary profession, to Industry and to the public. Marketing initiates and creates activities that have value to our members, that informs the public and that improves the image of the veterinary profession at large. This committee also ensures that free and open communication occurs between our members.

Projects of M&C:

  1. Veterinary Rhino Rescue Fund
  2. A Day in the life of a South African Veterinarian coffee table book
  3. Activities to promote World Vet Day and World Rabies Day every year.

Practice assistance:

  1. Vaccination Certificates
  2. Name badges for practice staff
  3. Receptionist shirts with practice logo
  4. Students:
    • Elective friendly practices
    • New Graduates available for positions in new year
  5. Remuneration Guidelines
  6. Classified ads: Find a
    • assistant veterinarian
    • veterinary nurse
    • practice for sale
    • veterinary locum

Partnerships to assist our members:
Partners:

  • Elogger – tracking device providing a detailed km breakdown report for tax purposes.
  • PeoplePlus – very affordable human resource management support and solutions.
  • RealPay – The system enables users to electronically deduct time sensitive future dated instalments directly from clients’ bank accounts in all countries of operation.
  • VetProtect – relevant and practice based indemnity insurance.

Subsidiaries of the SAVA

  • SAVETCON
    • In-house congress organisers
  • South African Veterinary Foundation
  • Community Veterinary Clinics

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

1. Biannual Congresses

  • Member discount
  • CPD points
  • Various topics including Small animals, Livestock, Equines, Wildlife

2. Mini Congresses organized by branches and Groups of the SAVA

  • Member discount
  • CPD points

3. VetNews CPD articles
4. Journal of the SAVA (NOW available in an electronic format)

To record your points all in one place simply log on to www.sava.co.za – it couldn’t be easier!

Communication with members:

1. Communicator

  • Weekly electronic newsletter

2. VetNews

  • Monthly printed magazine

Marketing the role of Veterinarians to the public:

3. CyberVet:

  •  Veterinarians answer questions posted on the Health 24 website by the members of the public.

4. Dagbreek (DSTV, Kanaal 144)

  •  Veterinarians talking about companion animal care and other interesting topics

5. SACAC (South African Companion Animal Council)

  • The SAVA is a member of the Council
  • SACAC promotes Responsible Pet Ownership to members of the public
  •  Radio interviews, WODAC, Newspapers, Magazines.

6. Press releases: written communication directed at members of the news media for the purpose of announcing something ostensibly newsworthy.
7. A press statement is information supplied to reporters. (Official announcement or account of a news story that is specially prepared and issued to newspapers and other news media for them to make known to the public.)

Interest Groups

The SAVA creates an infrastructure for special interest groups representing members working in specific fields:

  • SA Equine Veterinary Association
  • Livestock health and Production Group
  • Pig Vet Society
  • Poultry Group
  • Wildlife Group
  • National Veterinary Clinicians Group
  • Animal Behaviour & Interaction Group
  • Veterinary Public Health Group
  • Complementary Veterinary Medicines Group

Branches

The aim of the branches of the SAVA is:

  • To promote the advancement of the Veterinary profession on a local basis and to cultivate goodwill and understanding amongst its members.
  • To promote a forum for the interchange of ideas amongst its members and to promote the idea of continuing professional education.

Branches of the SAVA represent the interests of members in specific geographic areas:

  • Western Cape
  • KwaZulu Natal
  • Eastern Free State
  • Mpumalanga
  • Northern Natal & Midlands
  • Free State & Northern Cape
  • Oranje-Vaal
  • Pretoria
  • Southern Cape
  • Johannesburg.
  • Eastern Cape & Karoo

Other activities of the President and MD of SAVA:

The President were invited to attend the parliamentary public hearings on the proposed changes to the Veterinary and Para-veterinary Professions Act, and present SAVA’s standpoints on these changes.
The parliamentary portfolio committee raised a lot of questions on agriculture, and many changes, mostly concerning Compulsory Community Service of newly qualified veterinarians in the future, was accepted.
This will hopefully, in the long run, alleviate the shortage of veterinarians in both the state veterinary services as well as rural practice, especially if government was to accept SAVA’s proposals towards Public-Private-Partnership agreements.

The President, President-elect or MD will attend all branch and group congresses or AGM’s so that direct communication with members can be established. Members are urged to share their ideas and concerns during such visits.

International Benefits for SAVA Members:

The South African Veterinary Association is part of the International Veterinary Officer Coalition (IVOC), made up of six veterinary associations across the globe – America (AVMA), Australia (AVA), Britain (BVA), Canada (CVMA), South Africa (SAVA) and New Zealand (NZVA).

The coalition meet once per year, generally preceding the host’s national conference. The meetings are attended by each organisation’s President and CEO or MD and allow the associations a chance to collaborate, share common positions, exchange information on common issues, and share strategies and programmes to address these issues. Issues of mutual interest include:

Animal health and wellbeing – national and global trends, Veterinary education, Workforce and economic challenges, Antimicrobial resistance, Veterinary workforce issues and opportunities, The changing view of veterinary business – challenges and opportunities for individuals and the profession at large, Rhino Poaching.

As member nations of IVOC we share reciprocal benefits for our members:

  1. When moving to a new country, the first three months’ membership to any of the IVOC associations is free.
  2. Members of IVOC associations receive concession rates for other IVOC nation’s conferences/congresses (this does not include regional or special interest branch conferences).

To find out more information about these benefits please contact the relevant association.

Feedback to the SA Veterinary Council

We are in the fortunate position that the SA Vet Council regards the SAVA (representing three-quarters of the vets in South Africa) as the mouthpiece of the profession and as a sounding board for proposals. This necessitates input from our side. SAVA thus has a seat on the Council, as prescribed in the Veterinary and Para-veterinary Professions act!

All issues affecting the profession are therefore either forwarded to all members or, where specific topics are addressed, to chairpersons of the relevant groups or branches, for comment.