Historical Article

The role of the South African Veterinary Council, with special reference to the period 1982–2011

Peter C. Ardington, Rudolph D. Bigalke
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 85, No 1 | a1167 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jsava.v85i1.1167 | © 2014 Peter C. Ardington, Rudolph D. Bigalke | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 February 2014 | Published: 14 November 2014

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Peter C. Ardington, Private Veterinarian, Cranburn Farm, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Rudolph D. Bigalke, 961 Justice Mahomed Street, Brooklyn, South Africa

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The current South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) has a long and laborious history associated with the legislation responsible for its establishment. The forerunner of the SAVC, the South African Veterinary Board, was established in terms of the Veterinary Act 1933 (Act No. 16 of 1933), which was launched through Parliament as a private motion by Dr Hjalmar Reitz M.P. After several amendments, the Act was replaced with the Veterinary and Para-veterinary Professions Act 1982 (Act No. 19 of 1982), superseding the existing Board with the SAVC. One of the reasons for replacing this Act was to comply with Government policy for professional statutory bodies to become self-funding, with fees paid by registered professionals, and to constitute councils that were more representative of the profession. Apart from providing some background information, this article was virtually entirely confined to some historic aspects of the SAVC, using, as its basis, the main developments that occurred during the terms of office of its various presidents, serving from 1982 to 2011. The presidents concerned are: Prof. B.C. Jansen (28 March 1983 – 28 March 1986), Dr G.E. Frost (14 April 1986 – 31 March 1992), Prof. R.I. Coubrough (07 April 1992 – 21 March 1994), Dr P.C. Ardington (21 March 1994 – 31 March 1998), Prof H.M. Terblanche (31 March 1998 – 31 March 2004), Prof. S.S. van den Berg (01 April 2004 – 30 July 2007) and Dr R. Moerane (06 August 2007 – 31 July 2013).


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