The South African Veterinary Association-Community Veterinary Clinics (SAVA-CVC) is a SAVA initiative to support private veterinarians who donate their time and skills to prevent disease through vaccination, control pet populations through sterilisation and provide information to pet owners from poor communities.
The first Community Veterinary Clinic (CVC) was established by private veterinarians in July 1998 in Port Elizabeth to provide the disadvantaged (the poor and those who do not have access to veterinary services) with subsidised veterinary services. In April 2002 the The South African Veterinary Association (SAVA) took over the co-ordination of the project and the initiative was launched nation-wide, involving all SAVA members.
Our main activity is primary health care: vaccinations, parasite control and sterilisations. CVC currently has 16 clinics nationwide reaching 32 communities and approximately 15 000 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.
To provide primary health care to animals from disadvantaged communities, thus promoting the health and welfare of animals and people.
To expand and have CVCs operating in all major centres as well as smaller centres where veterinarians and the community have identified a need.
- To provide access to the essential services of vaccination, parasite control and sterilisation
- Teaching responsible pet ownership: educating pet owners about the basic care of their pets: prevention of dog bites, nutrition, training, vaccination, sterilisation, ect.
- To reduce the risk of zoonotic diseases (these are diseases that can be transmitted to humans such as worms, mange, rabies, etc.) this means an improved quality of life for both humans and animals alike. Healthy animals ensure healthy environments.
- Humane education: humane education of children creates empathy for others, through fostering of respect for life, creating a culture of caring and empathy for all beings. In the long term, this will lead to less violence in communities and thus create safer communities.
- To create awareness of career opportunities in the veterinary field to disadvantaged communities.
Currently CVC’s are expanding, servicing more clients every month. The need is vast and every informal settlement and poor community in South Africa is in dire need of assistance.
Contributions are welcome.
ABSA Bank, Branch: Brooklyn (632005), Account number: 405 677 9023
The SAVA-CVC is a registered non-profit organisation (Reg no: 000-234 NPO)and is registered with the South African Revenue Service under 18A legislation as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO 130001321), which enables donors to receive a tax rebate on donations to the organisation.
Should you make a donation, please don’t be anonymous! We really would like to acknowledge you and welcome you to our ‘family’. Please e-mail us with your full details i.e. name, postal address and telephone number: firstname.lastname@example.org