In South Africa domestic pets and food-production animals suffer primarily because of ignorance, uncontrolled breeding and preventable infectious diseases. There are an estimated 6 million dogs alone 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) supports responsible pet ownership and understands the importance of the human animal bond. The 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 render primary veterinary services in disadvantaged communities.
Our main activity is primary health care: vaccinations, parasite control and sterilisations. We currently have 30 clinics nationwide reaching 80 communities and approximately 25 000 animals per year. We also put a lot of emphasis on educating pet owners about basic care of their pets: general health, prevention of dog bites, nutrition, training, etc. Our booklet "Your best Friend" is available in 7 official South African languages: (English, Afrikaans, Sesotho, isiZulu, Setswana, isiXhosa and Xitsonga). These booklets are distributed countrywide, as we hope to reach as many people as possible.
Contributions are welcome.
Branch Code: 632005
Account number: 405 677 9023
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