South African Veterinary Association - Community Veterinary Clinics
There are an estimated 6 million dogs in South Africa, of which 85% have no access to veterinary services. Unfortunately there are very few state run veterinary hospitals or clinics in South Africa. The South African Veterinary Association (SAVA) therefore established Community Veterinary Clinics (CVC) to assist disadvantaged pet owners with basic animal health care.
The South African Veterinary Association - Community Veterinary Clinics (SAVA-CVC) is an initiative where private veterinarians donate their time and skills to stop rabies, control pet populations through sterilisation and provide information to pet owners from poor communities. Our main activity is to render primary veterinary services, (vaccinations, parasite control and sterilisations), to disadvantaged communities who have no access to veterinary services. We currently have 29 clinics nationwide reaching 80 communities and approximately 25 000 animals per year.
The overarching objectives of the SAVA-CVC are:
- Deliver primary veterinary care to communities unable to attend or afford private veterinary services,
- Address animal suffering due to overpopulation and disease,
- To provide access to the essential services of vaccination, parasite control and sterilisation,
- Provide information to pet owners about the basic care of their pets: prevention of dog bites, nutrition, training, vaccination, sterilisation, etc.,
- To reduce the risk of zoonotic diseases (these are diseases that can be transmitted to humans such as worms, mange, rabies, etc).
- To create awareness of career opportunities in the veterinary field to disadvantaged communities.