The South African Veterinary Association Community Veterinary Clinics (SAVA-CVC) is an initiative where private veterinarians donate their time and skills to prevent rabies by vaccination, control pet populations through sterilisation and educate pet owners from poor communities. Our primary function is to render primary veterinary services (vaccinations, parasite control and sterilisations), to disadvantaged communities who have little or no access to veterinary services. We currently have 30 clinics nationwide, reaching 80 communities and approximately 25 000 animals annually.
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 primary animal health care.