Veterinary Services
Name: 
Hilda Combrink
Telephone number: 
+ 27 21 808 5001
Fax number: 
+27 21 808 5120
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in South Africa

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was confirmed in a broiler breeder site in Mpumalanga on 22nd June 2017 and in a layer farm in Standerton on the 26th June 2017. The farms have been placed under quarantine and infected birds are being culled.

No live birds, hatching eggs, table eggs or day old chicks may be moved into the Western Cape Province without a movement permit from the State Veterinarian of the place of origin. 

Although an initial ban on the sale of live cull birds was put in place by DAFF, this ban has been conditionally lifted and the Director Animal Health has authorised the Poultry Disease Management Agency (PDMA) to register and keep records of all parties selling and buying live chickens. With regard to the registration process for the selling of live chickens, please download the relevant procedural manual and forms:

For any further enquiries, relating to the registration process, please contact the PDMA on 012 529 8298 or malesedi@sapoultry.co.za.

Avian Influenza FACT SHEET from DAFF

Avian Influenza FACT Sheet from Western Cape

Avian Influenza on the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE)

Please report any cases of large numbers of birds dying to your nearest state veterinarian so that we can investigate further. You can find the relevant contact details by clicking here.

If you have birds on your property and you are within the Western Cape please complete our online survey so we know where you are:

Online Survey

Compulsory Community Service (CCS)

2017 is the second year of Compulsory Community Service (CCS) year brought by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).

Legislative changes to the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Act (Act 19 of 1982) in the form of the veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Amendment Act 2012 as well as the regulations that came into effect in November 2015 have allowed the implementation of this state funded programme which aims to provide accessible and affordable veterinary services to resource-poor areas and under-serviced areas within South Africa.

Below are some of the objectives of the programme:

  • To promote accessibility of veterinary services to resource-poor areas particularly regarding the following aspects:
    • To promote safety of food of animal origin
    • To facilitate trade of animals and animal products
    • To promote veterinary diagnostic capabilities
    • To promote animal health through management of controlled and non-controlled diseases
    • To provide primary animal health care, including clinical services and animal welfare, to under-served areas.
  • To provide an opportunity for Compulsory Community Service (CCS) veterinarians to acquire knowledge, critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will aid them in their future professional development.

The programme is funded centrally by DAFF and CCS veterinarians are employees of DAFF. Although employed by DAFF, the CCS veterinarians are deployed throughout the provinces where their services are needed most.

Provincial veterinary services are funding some of the operational day to day costs as well as coordinating their activities of the CCS vets within the province. CCS postings extend to any strategic partner in veterinary services, such as animal welfare organizations, private practitioners as well as other veterinary community outreach service providers across the country.

Veterinarians performing CCS will not compete with the private sector, but rather aim to complement the services delivered by all sectors of the veterinary profession. Newly qualified veterinarians now have the opportunity to work in a field they previously would not have been exposed to, creating awareness and ultimately sending a well-rounded veterinarian back into the community.

Each CCS vet is assigned an adviser and works under their guidance and supervision during the course of the year. The Western Cape representative on the PAHC and CCS implementation Committee is Dr. Aileen Pypers, based at the Elsenburg Head Office.

This year the Western Cape has been allocated 19 CCS veterinarians. Their placements cover a wide range of veterinary fields including animal welfare, public health, export control, laboratory and state veterinary services.

The CCS programme presents ever increasing opportunity for development of the veterinary profession in the coming years as well as equipping newly qualified graduates with knowledge and hands-on experience gained in community service. This will benefit them hugely in their future careers as veterinarians. The CCS team in the Western Cape Province are excited and proud to be involved in this new venture to invest sustainable veterinary services in our communities.

Reports

Western Cape Compulsory Community Service (CCS) 2016 Annual report

 

Animal Health and Disease Control

Want to know where your closest State Veterinary office is?

 

State veterinarians (SV) assisted by animal health technicians (AHT) at eight state veterinary offices throughout the province, are responsible for surveillance, control and eradication of animal diseases.

Regular testing, monitoring and surveillance are conducted on livestock, ostriches, poultry and pet animals for diseases such as bovine tuberculosis, bovine Brucellosis, rabies and sheep scab and trade sensitive diseases such as foot and mouth disease and mad cow disease.

These actions play a major role to provide disease-free guarantees for exports of animals and animal products. The province exports more than 90% of the country’s ostrich meat and other products generated by the ostrich industry. An intensive surveillance for Newcastle disease and Avian influenza and a registration system on ostrich export farms is conducted in several of the state veterinary areas.

A serum data bank has been established to provide scientific evidence on the occurrence or absence of animal diseases. The province is free of the major trade-sensitive diseases such as foot and mouth disease and also has the only African horse sickness free zone in the country from where horses are accepted for export world-wide.

The epidemiology section of Western Cape Veterinary Services is tasked with assisting State Veterinarians during outbreak campaign. Epidemiology also encompasses the design of surveillance programs for various animal diseases and assists in determining the status of diseases in the Western Cape Province. The section maintains animal surveillance databases as well as information on animal census. It also publishes a monthly newsletter with pertinent epidemiological information which can be used by private veterinarians as an information source.

State veterinarians are responsible for training and education on both a formal and informal basis. Formal training is provided through the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute to students pursuing a Bachelors degree in Agriculture in the form of subjects on animal health as well as a registered bovine artificial insemination course. Animal Health Technicians (AHTs) also complete the Tuberculosis and Brucellosis component of their studies under the supervision of a state veterinarian and experienced AHT. Informal training is given to veterinary science students during their studies to expose them to the work of a state veterinarian.

The control animal health technician (CAHT) in each state veterinary office monitors and oversees the work of the other AHTs and also mentors AHT students during their final year of training which is an experiential training year.

Name: 
Natalie April
Telephone number: 
021 808 5053
Fax number: 
021 808 5126
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Export Control

The Deputy Director: Export Control assisted by 6 State Veterinarians and a technical manager are responsible for managing and controlling the exportation of products of animal origin from the Western Cape Province. They facilitate the certification these products in accordance with international norms and standards. More than 50 % of all products of animal origin that are exported from South Africa originate from the Western Cape Province. There are four European Union approved ostrich export abattoirs within the province. A state veterinarian is assigned to each of these abattoirs to implement and maintain the prescribed official veterinary management system at each abattoir. This includes implementation of the National Residue Monitoring Program.

The Export Control programme is responsible for the auditing of all abattoirs, processing plants and dairy establishments that wish to export products. These facilities are audited once a year to ensure compliance with the registration requirements of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as well as import requirements.

Name: 
Siyabulela Victor Twala
Telephone number: 
021 808 7607
Fax number: 
021 808 7662
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Veterinary Laboratory Services

The Provincial Veterinary Laboratory at Helderfontein, Stellenbosch renders an extensive diagnostic service to the livestock, poultry, ostrich and aquaculture industries and a supporting service to other provincial and national Departments.

A wide spectrum of tests is conducted in the bacteriology, virology, parasitology and biochemistry sections of the laboratory. The laboratory has implemented a computerized laboratory information system (LIMS) that will greatly enhance the capturing and availability of data on all the functions performed. A satellite veterinary laboratory at Beaufort West also renders an extensive diagnostic service within the Karoo region.

The Provincial laboratory is in the process of obtaining ISO 17025 accreditation. This will facilitate international recognition and the maintenance of a high standard of service delivery.

Samples sent to the Veterinary Laboratory for testing must be accompanied by a registration form, which can be obtained at the laboratory, or downloaded from the forms dropdown below the contact details above.

Please consult this specimen submission guideline for more information on sample requirements and turn around times for the various tests.

History of the Stellenbosch Vet lab: How the Vet Lab got to Helderfontein.

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Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety

Food safety inspections focus especially on abattoirs, processing plants and dairy establishments.

 

 

Name: 
Petuania Danti
Telephone number: 
021 808 5273
Fax number: 
021 808 5274
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Training and education

State veterinarians are responsible for training and education on both a formal and informal basis. Formal training is provided through the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute to students pursuing a Bachelors degree in Agriculture in the form of subjects on animal health as well as a registered bovine artificial insemination course. Animal Health Technicians (AHTs) also complete the Tuberculosis and Brucellosis component of their studies under the supervision of a state veterinarian and experienced AHT. Informal training is given to veterinary science students during their studies to expose them to the work of a state veterinarian.

The control animal health technician (CAHT) in each state veterinary office monitors and oversees the work of the other AHTs and also mentors AHT students during their final year of training which is an experiential training year.

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About us

The Programme Veterinary Services is responsible for managing animal risks and the safety of foods from animal origin in accordance with national and international standards and conventions.  The legal mandate for executing these functions is vested in the Animal Disease Act, 1984 and the Meat Safety Act, 2000.  The primary focus is on active and passive disease surveillance, disease control and prevention interventions, export facilitation of animal products and the delivery of a diagnostic laboratory service.

Subprogramme: Animal Health has the responsibility to apply the Animal Diseases Act within the Western Cape Province. Official veterinarians and animal health technicians stationed within 7 State Veterinary areas (Boland, Worcester, Swellendam, Malmesbury, George, Beaufort West, Vredendal) distributed within the Province to execute the functions demanded by this Act.

In addition to the above regulatory responsibilities, officials are intimately involved in servicing the emerging farmer sector. This is achieved by regular visits to holdings to inspect livestock, providing assistance with treatment and vaccination of animals, collection of diagnostic samples and the dissemination of information on preventive and corrective animal health.

Subprogramme: Veterinary Public Health ensures the safety of meat and meat products through the implementation of the meat safety act (act 40 of 2000), the animal diseases act (act 35 of 1984) and other relevant legislation.

The VPH team includes state veterinarians and meat inspectors who monitor and audit the application of hygienic procedures at abattoirs to ensure compliance with the Meat Safety Act.  Hygiene management practices at abattoirs, meat and dairy export establishments; the humane handling of animals presented for slaughter; the setting of standards for new abattoirs and the grading of existing facilities are important functions carried out by these officials.

Approximately 80 local abattoirs are inspected and monitored regularly to ensure that the requirements and hygiene management practices are in accordance with legal requirements and national and international standards. Food Safety awareness campaigns are launched regularly to educate the general public about the dangers of unsafe food.

Subprogramme: Export Control promotes, facilitates, and maintains international market access for products of animal origin from within the province through provision of control measures and guarantees including risk assessment and health certification in order to provide Sanitary and Phytosanitary guarantees required by the importing countries.

There are 117 registered export establishments that the Export Control section manages of which nine of them are European Union (EU) approved.

Subprogramme: Veterinary Laboratory Services is situated at the Provincial Veterinary Laboratory (PVL) in Stellenbosch and renders a diagnostic service to the Programme, the private veterinary sector, other departments, such as National Health and Nature Conservation, and commerce associated with the agricultural industry.  A diagnostic service is also rendered to the dairy, beef, sheep, pork and racehorse industries, as well as the poultry, ostrich and aquaculture sectors.

Important Links

The South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) is the regulatory body for the veterinary and para-veterinary professions in South Africa and has a statutory duty to determine scientific and ethical standards of professional conduct and education.

The Southern African Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (S.A.S.V.E.P.M.) was formed at the end of 2000, with the objective of promoting veterinary epidemiology and preventive medicine in the Southern African region.

The South African Veterinary Association (SAVA) is a professional association of veterinarians in South Africa. It promotes the interests and activities of the veterinary profession and assists veterinarians to fulfil their role in the community.

The South African Association for Laboratory Animal Science (SAALAS) is a non-profit organisation serving South African Scientists involved in the breeding, husbandry and welfare of laboratory animals, and also those individuals at secondary schools, tertiary educational institutions and state and privately owned research institutions using laboratory animals for teaching, research, the production of products and the testing thereof.

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in South Africa
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was confirmed in a broiler breeder site in Mpumalanga on 22nd June 2017 and in a layer farm in Standerton on the 26th June 2017. The farms have been placed under quarantine and infected birds are being culled. No live birds, hatching eggs, table eggs or day old chicks may be mov... ...read more
Compulsory Community Service (CCS)
2017 is the second year of Compulsory Community Service (CCS) year brought by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). Legislative changes to the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Act (Act 19 of 1982) in the form of the veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Amendment Act 2012 as well as the regul... ...read more
Animal Health and Disease Control
Want to know where your closest State Veterinary office is?   State veterinarians (SV) assisted by animal health technicians (AHT) at eight state veterinary offices throughout the province, are responsible for surveillance, control and eradication of animal diseases. Regular testing, monitoring and surveillance are co... ...read more
Export Control
The Deputy Director: Export Control assisted by 6 State Veterinarians and a technical manager are responsible for managing and controlling the exportation of products of animal origin from the Western Cape Province. They facilitate the certification these products in accordance with international norms and standards. M... ...read more
Veterinary Laboratory Services
The Provincial Veterinary Laboratory at Helderfontein, Stellenbosch renders an extensive diagnostic service to the livestock, poultry, ostrich and aquaculture industries and a supporting service to other provincial and national Departments. A wide spectrum of tests is conducted in the bacteriology, virology, parasitolo... ...read more
Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety
Food safety inspections focus especially on abattoirs, processing plants and dairy establishments.    
Training and education
State veterinarians are responsible for training and education on both a formal and informal basis. Formal training is provided through the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute to students pursuing a Bachelors degree in Agriculture in the form of subjects on animal health as well as a registered bovine artificial... ...read more
About us
The Programme Veterinary Services is responsible for managing animal risks and the safety of foods from animal origin in accordance with national and international standards and conventions.  The legal mandate for executing these functions is vested in the Animal Disease Act, 1984 and the Meat Safety Act, 2000.  The pr... ...read more
Important Links
The South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) is the regulatory body for the veterinary and para-veterinary professions in South Africa and has a statutory duty to determine scientific and ethical standards of professional conduct and education. The Southern African Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medi... ...read more