SAEVA: Veterinary Certification and the Equine Passport

Camilla Weyer 
08 November | 20:00 CAT

Veterinary certification is a legal privilege given to veterinarians, allowing us to verify information of a veterinary nature, which can then be used as proof of a procedure or incident having occurred. It is not an act which should be taken lightly and veterinarians should consider carefully what they certify before signing documents. The act of veterinary certification is legislated under the Rules of the Veterinary and Paraveterinary Act, 1982. The equine passport is an international concept used for the legal identification of equines and record keeping purposes. parts of the equine passport serve as a veterinary certificate (for example the identification pages, health certification pages, or vaccination pages), and should therefore should be treated under the same conditions as defined and described in the Veterinary Rules. This webinar will define veterinary certification in terms of the equine passport and highlight some considerations applicable to any vet dealing with horses.



SAEVA: Private veterinarian reporting of equine diseases and syndromes of importance

Camilla Weyer 
11 December | 20:00 CAT

Disease reporting is becoming more and more important globally with transparency in disease incidence playing an important role in the assessment of countries, their Veterinary Services and their ability to trade in animals and animal products. In South Africa there is legislation dictating which diseases must be formally reported to the state, and how this should be done. The list of such diseases and how to report them is published in the Animal Diseases Act 35 of 1984. Among the diseases of legal importance are African horse sickness, Dourine and Rabies, and of course any exotic disease. The occurrence or even suspected occurrence of these diseases should be immediately reported to the state veterinarian of the area. SAEVA has established a web-based system where basic disease occurrences can be captured called the Equine Cause of Disease website (ECOD). It utilises the most basic of data capture and disease events can be logged in a matter of minutes on a location scale that ensures privacy for both vets and their clients. These events are then immediately available online to other registered users to view. Both specific diseases or disease syndromes (eg neurological disease symptoms) where a specific diagnosis has not been made can be captured. The aim of the system is to further supplement and integrate where possible with already established disease reporting systems. This webinar will give an overview on the responsibilities of veterinarians with regards to disease reporting, as well as short introduction to the SAEVA ECOD system




Camilla Weyer BVSC, MSc, PhD

Dr Camilla Weyer qualified from Onderstepoort in 2007 with a BVSc. She went on to work in a mixed animal private practice in the Pretoria area over 2008 and 2009.

In 2009 she started her MSc registered in the Department of Tropical Diseases at Onderstepoort, under the Equine Research Centre, supervised by Prof. Alan Guthrie. Camilla has been involved with ERC since then, completing her Masters research degree, titled: A PROSPECTIVE STUDY ON THE CLINICAL PATHOLOGICAL, VIROLOGICAL AND SEROLOGICAL RESPONSES OF HORSES TO NATURAL INFECTION WITH AFRICAN HORSE SICKNESS VIRUS, in April 2011, and is currently in the process of finishing her PhD, also on African horse sickness, under Prof Guthrie. In 2011 and 2012 she also worked part time for an Equine practice in the Kyalami area.

In 2013 Camilla moved to the Western Cape to assist State Vet Boland with the AHS surveillance programme and other Equine related disease surveillance in the area under the Equine Research Centre.  She is currently involved in the development and management of the new AHS surveillance programme as well as the Equine Census of the AHS Free and Surveillance zones.  Camilla assists State Vet Boland with any Equine related issues, and is authorised by State Vet Boland and DAFF to act on behalf of State Vet Boland in matters relating to AHS.  She also assists with Movement Control into the AHS Controlled area. Most recently she was intimately involved in the AHS outbreak in the Porteville, Wellington and Robertson areas.

Camilla has also completed her SANEF Level 1 in Instruction and Horsemastership in 2001, and has hands on experience in Stable Management and Teaching novice riders.


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