Veterinary Certification and the Equine Passport
Camilla Weyer BVSC, MSc, PhD
08 November | Valid to be viewed for 1 year after the initial date.
Veterinary certification is a legal privilege given to veterinarians, allowing us to verify information of a veterinary nature, which can then be used as proof of a procedure or incident having occurred. It is not an act which should be taken lightly and veterinarians should consider carefully what they certify before signing documents. The act of veterinary certification is legislated under the Rules of the Veterinary and Paraveterinary Act, 1982. The equine passport is an international concept used for the legal identification of equines and record keeping purposes. parts of the equine passport serve as a veterinary certificate (for example the identification pages, health certification pages, or vaccination pages), and should therefore should be treated under the same conditions as defined and described in the Veterinary Rules. This webinar will define veterinary certification in terms of the equine passport and highlight some considerations applicable to any vet dealing with horses.
Private veterinarian reporting of equine diseases and syndromes of importance
Camilla Weyer BVSC, MSc, PhD
11 December | 20:00 CAT
Disease reporting is becoming more and more important globally with transparency in disease incidence playing an important role in the assessment of countries, their Veterinary Services and their ability to trade in animals and animal products. In South Africa there is legislation dictating which diseases must be formally reported to the state, and how this should be done. The list of such diseases and how to report them is published in the Animal Diseases Act 35 of 1984. Among the diseases of legal importance are African horse sickness, Dourine and Rabies, and of course any exotic disease. The occurrence or even suspected occurrence of these diseases should be immediately reported to the state veterinarian of the area. SAEVA has established a web-based system where basic disease occurrences can be captured called the Equine Cause of Disease website (ECOD). It utilises the most basic of data capture and disease events can be logged in a matter of minutes on a location scale that ensures privacy for both vets and their clients. These events are then immediately available online to other registered users to view. Both specific diseases or disease syndromes (eg neurological disease symptoms) where a specific diagnosis has not been made can be captured. The aim of the system is to further supplement and integrate where possible with already established disease reporting systems. This webinar will give an overview on the responsibilities of veterinarians with regards to disease reporting, as well as short introduction to the SAEVA ECOD system