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  1. Advocacy

The SAAVT represents most of the registered veterinary technologists and acts as the mouthpiece of the profession. This includes:

  • Communication with SA Veterinary Council
  • Input towards legislation and regulations
  • Legal action to ensure the rights of veterinary technicians are protected
  • Liaison with other para-veterinary organizations in South Africa


  1. Committees

The COMMITTEES of the SAAVT play important roles in representing the interests of members and the profession as a whole. Some are “standing committees” working on an ongoing basis, while other committees are established on an ad hoc/as-needed basis.

The standing committees include:


  • TUT Advisory Committee

The committee presents the work that students do, then receive feedback and suggestions from the industry, in an effort to improve training and give training that is current and relevant.


  • SAVC Specialization Committee

The committee is responsible for setting the minimum standards for specialization. The Committee constantly revises and approves the standard operating procedures and guidelines documents and drafts guidelines for monitoring training for prescribed specialist qualifications.


  • SAVC Registration and Authorisation Committee

The committee is responsible for the screening of registration and authorization applications.


  • SAVC Executive committee

This committee is responsible for taking decisions in between full council meetings, exercising all powers, and performing all the functions of the council. Section 11(1) of the Veterinary and Para-veterinary act of No 19 of 1982.


  • SAVC Education Committee

This committee investigates and monitors all aspects of the veterinary and para-veterinary undergraduate standards for training, including examination standards and teaching facilities.


  • SAVC Standards Committee

The committee determines standards of training in undergraduate programs. They focus on new veterinary faculties and foster regional harmonization in the training of all veterinary professions and para-professions. They liaise with University Councils of institutions that offer training for veterinary professions, in South African and regional African countries. They also oversee the process of bringing new veterinary para-professions on board.


  • Transformation Committee

Transformation committee which will look at all issues relating to transformation in the SAVC and the industry including training institutions.


  • SANAS Scientific and Technical Committee

This committee is a fundamental and vital component of operating a technically relevant accreditation/compliance system.


  • AREC – Animal Research Ethics Committee

Review research proposals in order to ensure that the research conducted will promote health and contribute to the prevention of diseases, furthermore, we grant approvals for research by the relevant institution/s where the research proposal meets the ethical standards.


  • DCPS – Department Committee for Postgraduate Studies

Review and approve research proposals for postgraduate studies within the department, assessing the study viability and contribution towards science.


  1. Other services and activities:

Continuing Professional Development(CPD)

The SAAVT is actively involved in events and other activities aimed at providing members with CPD opportunities. These include:

  • Biennial Para-Vet Congresses / Conferences:
    • Held every second year, usually over three days, with various lecture streams to provide something for everyone, all CPD accredited.
    • The Para-Vet Gala Dinner, where Para-Vet Awards are handed over, takes place during this congress. The congress also provides other opportunities for members to socialize and renew friendships.


  1. Classified advertisements:
  • Classified career advertisements will be emailed to our members