Jun 26, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Concern about shortage of vets in SA

To address the shortage of veterinarians in South Africa, the government should offer a grant to support veterinarians in rural areas, says a dean of the University of Pretoria’s veterinary faculty.

Prof. Vinny Naidoo said there is a regional shortage of veterinarians, many of them in urban centers and less in rural areas.

“This has to do with being able to make a living as the veterinary fees are and must be private get paid by the customer, which is not as easy for farmers as it is for urban customers. Salaries depend on people paying for services, as opposed to subsidized government agencies. ”

The UP is the only institution that offers veterinary training, with a maximum class size of around 200 students .

Animal insurance company Dotsure said they encouraged students to enter a competition by posting a video or a written paragraph detailing why they want to become a veterinarian and what problems they need to overcome to qualify.

“We received a lot of submissions and were very impressed with their overall quality. We were only able to crown the top four winners, but we are very proud of every receipt we received, “said CEO David Roache.

The four winners shared R 110,000 for their tuition and accommodation. < / p>

Naidoo said there was a lot of interest in this area, but UP could not afford to accept more students due to limited capacity and facilities.

Lack of staff and clinics Also the support clinical training was a problem.

“So there is a relative shortage of veterinarians. The first step in addressing this problem is likely to have the government offer some sort of grant to support veterinarians in rural areas. Otherwise we will likely have a lot of trained people who cannot take care of themselves or pay back their tuition fees.

“As far as I know, we should have 100 vets per million people. That would correspond to around 6,000 veterinarians. At the moment we have about half of them registered in the country. “

Since the state does not grant any subsidies, veterinarians have to charge fees for services provided.

” This is the problem with lies. Rural and developing farmers cannot afford the necessary care. ”

Naidoo said there are certain factors that need to be taken into account in attempting to resolve the crisis:

  • ensure that all civil service veterinarians (CCS) have the facilities, medication, and travel allowances allocated to provide therapeutic services. No CCS vet should do paperwork or other activities as there is no government budget for animal care;
  • Introducing a grant to support private vets in rural areas. This will allow veterinarians to open practices in areas where it would otherwise be too expensive to set up a practice;
  • Consider opening more government veterinary clinics (not mobile clinics) to provide daily services in Ensure areas that do not have private veterinary assistance. Such facilities must be run by CCS and senior vets as CCS vets are still inexperienced; and
  • ensure that farmers are trained in agriculture. Agriculture is a science and should be treated as such.