SA Veterinary Council committed to change
Farmer's Weekly|October 22, 2021
According to Dr Alfred Tlolo Kgasi, president of the South African Veterinary Council, the transformation of the veterinary profession is a priority. Annelie Coleman reports.
Annelie Coleman

FAST FACTS

Transformation of the South African veterinary profession is vital to ensure inclusivity and accessibility to veterinary services.

The current shortage of veterinarians has a negative impact on successful livestock production in previously disadvantaged communities.

In poor rural communities, there is little awareness and practice of primary animal healthcare.

Please tell us more about the history of the regulation of the veterinary profession in South Africa.

South Africa has a proud history of the regulation of the veterinary profession, which dates back over 80 years. The profession has evolved and grown significantly over the years and is now characterized by a vibrant private practice sector that co-exists with public veterinary services. The profession has also expanded to include para-veterinary [professionals] as an integral part of a veterinary team that delivers comprehensive services to clients.

Why is the transformation of the veterinary profession so important and how does the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) intend to bring about transformation?

When we look at transformation, we need to look at it in the terms of the broader picture that would expand the profession and make its services more accessible. Change and adaptation are continuous processes that organizations have to undergo in order to be self-sustaining and remain relevant in society. Organizations that fail to adapt become irrelevant and dispensable.

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