|ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER, MARCH 2016Dear Members,
I wish to thank you for this opportunity to be your president. I sincerely hope that during my time I will bring value to this organization. I do not take this position lightly and together with my valued executive team, plan to develop and improve the SAEVA and what it can offer you as members.To start we have decided to introduce a monthly form of communication to you as members by email. This will be compiled of all the emails sent to the SAEVA during the month. This does not replace the EHU but is an attempt for you to receive a single email with all the relevant communications for the month.I wish to first address the increase of annual registration fees which I am sure you have received by now. It was proposed at the annual SAEVA AGM on the 15 February 2016 that membership fees be increased to R 1000,00 per annum. This was agreed on by majority vote at the AGM. The reason for the proposed increase was that the executive committee believes that the day to day costs of running SAEVA should be funded from membership fees and that it should not be necessary to subsidize everyday expenses from congress profits. We also plan to offer a wider variety of CPD opportunities in the form of on-line CPD, improved website and other CPD events at a significant discount to SAEVA members.This will allow SAEVA to provide world class CPD to our members at a very affordable price.A detailed budget including these figures will be in the minutes of the AGM.The Congress 2016 has come and gone and new committee members have been appointed as well as some new members. I would like to take the opportunity to welcome them all to SAEVA and the working committees as such.The exciting news is that 2017 is our 50th Anniversary as a group, previously the EPG and now SAEVA. We are planning an extraordinary Congress at Skukuza from the 13th to the 16th February. We have invited 10-12 International Speakers who have strong SA connections or have been a previous speaker at our Congress. The Endurance Group will join us at the Congress and we will also have a wet lab session prior to the Congress at Onderstepoort.
We are making a serious attempt to collate pictures and some history on our organization.
So please send us any information you might have, it will be much appreciated. Please send all the info to Angelo Nichas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herewith I would like to close off the first monthly information mail.
|1.||Disease Reporting by SAEVA|
|An online SAEVA disease reporting system has been developed with technological support from the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (Research and Technology Development Services) to facilitate the reporting of a select number of equine diseases and syndromes occurring in South Africa.The system primarily targets private equine veterinarians although there is no current restriction on other veterinary professionals within academic or Government settings to also add to the dataset. The diseases and syndromes have been selected to cover international and regional diseases of importance and have been categorised into South African controlled/notifiable conditions like African horse sickness (AHS), dourine and rabies; general conditions of interest like piroplasmosis, herpes virus infection and Rhodococcus; undiagnosed syndromes including fever, abortion, GIT and neurological syndromes; and finally exotic diseases like contagious equine metritis (CEM) and equine viral arteritis.The core system information includes both a time and a spatial component and every data line will have a coordinate and a date associated with it. The value of disease information however is very limited if only the positive data is captured. It is for this reason that population at risk data capture has been included where the number of equines on a property can be captured and be used in further analysis.A more specific part of the capture, and this particularly for those vets in the AHS controlled areas, is the Negative AHS reporting check box, where vets can show that they have visited a property and they did not clinically see AHS present. This information is crucial in the report back of AHS surveillance since private vet passive surveillance has proved pivotal in the AHS controlled area in identifying the disease in the past 20 years.In order to provide feedback and value to the veterinary fraternity the website has a facility, for those registered, to view a period in time and see on a map where various diseases have been logged. Individual diseases can be filtered out and it is envisaged that this feedback can inform vets regarding disease risk in their areas. Also vets have an opportunity to capture any routine vaccinations they perform and see this information on the disease map although this feedback is only depicted for the data that the logged-in user captured.The system is currently in its early stages and it is envisioned that a monthly report showing the disease data captured will be made available to users. This can again be used by private practioners for client education regarding disease and prevention options open to them. For the system to function a representative amount of data is required and we encourage all private vets involved in equine work to register on the site www.jdata.co.za/equine. There are tutorial videos and a manual available for those just starting out and assistance is available via email email@example.com.Included in the website is some pertinent documentation regarding equine diseases in South Africa as well as links to some recommended websites. The website can also be accessed via the SAEVA website.SAEVA regional representatives elected at the February 2016 AGM held in East London will be contacting practices in their areas to encourage reporting.REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES
KwaZulu Natal: Dr Alan Bechard C 0836060048
Western Cape: Dr Kate Meiring C 082 323 8703
Eastern Cape: Dr Ashley Parker C 082 446 5287
Freestate and Central regions: Dr Gavin Rous C 083 606 0048
Gauteng: Dr Patrick Page C 082 511 3410
Mpumalanga: Dr Albertus Coetzee C 072 122 5794
PASSPORTS – AN UPDATE
To many of you this may be already common knowledge but it seems not all know which passports are acceptable as a movement document for horses into and within the AHS controlled area. For any horse that needs to be moved between AHS zones, and from the infected zone into the AHS controlled area, ONLY the following passports comply:
And since September 2015 the Red Studbook passports, BUT only the new ones that have a picture in them that looks like the one attached. ALL THE OLD STUDBOOK PASSPORTS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR MOVEMENT, AND ACTUALLY HAVE
have realised that it either does not have a passport, or it is one of the old Studbook passports that DO NOT comply for movement, please contact myself or Danielle Pienaar so we can advise you as to how we can rectify the situation.FOR THOSE GOING TO SHOWS OUTSIDE OF THE CONTROLLED AREA, ALSO PLEASE NOTE THAT A MOVEMENT APPLICATION FORM MUST BE COMPLETED. FIND ATTACHED. This application is also required for any other movement of horses from the infected zone into the AHS controlled area.Please contact us if we can help in any way further, or if anything is unclear.Dr Camilla Weyer
DAFF authorised Veterinarian (Ref: 1/2/1/7/1)
State Vet Boland authorised Veterinarian,Â (Movement Control and Equine Disease Surveillance)Â and Research Officer
Equine Research Centre, Cape Town
Cell: 076 152 2782 Â Fax: 086 558 9818
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