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New veterinarian Bill to allow “drafting” for community service

A new veterinary bill,  the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Amendment Bill, attempts to identify a number of serious challenges facing the veterinary profession in South Africa but at the same time the Bill calls for newly qualified veterinarians to undertake community service.

The Bill was tabled by agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

In Parliament last year, the minister talked of new legislation in the light of the serious outbreaks of animal sicknesses in the country and the new Bill, as now tabled, specifically changes a number of features surrounding present practices, including a definition to be included on physiological conditions when referring to veterinary services.

In the light of the fact that South Africa is extremely short of veterinarians, provision has been made for registration of a graduated person to whom a degree has not yet been conferred; the use of the word “para-vetinarian”; specific provisions made for facilitating continuing professional development amongst the profession; provision for suspension of registered persons and an appeals committee.

Continued registration of “foreign” vets who have received citizenship or permanent residency status is to be made easier but on the subject of community service for younger qualifying veterinarians the minister said “it was likely that the veterinary profession will support the proposed changes”, this providing a minimum of 100 jobs per annum. Some of the major problems faced by the veterinary professional in South Africa, the minister said, was a shortage of vets in the agricultural areas and the departure of newly qualified vets to other countries.

 

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