South African Veterinary Association (SAVA)

South Africa | Full Member


Dr Johan Marais

WSAVA Representative
Dr. Ian Southern

Members: 380

Assocation Overview

The South African Veterinary Association was officially formed from the amalgamation of provincial associations in April 1920. The group representing “small animal or companion animal veterinarians” was formed within the SAVA in the late 1970’s. The SAVA is a dynamic organization which evolves with the needs and requirements of its members, South African Veterinarians.


SAVA Annual report to WSAVA for 2014

2014 List of Activities

In the last week of February 2014, the NVCG hosted Prof. Dan Smeak from Colorado State University. Dan lead a day of continuing education in soft tissue surgery at a lovely venue on the East Coast of South Africa in a small town called Umhlali.

In September 2014 Cape Town hosted the World Small Animal Veterinary Associations (WSAVA) annual congress. Kenes helped us organize this prestigious event which went off very smoothly and was enjoyed by the 1850 delegates who made their way to Cape Town.


2014 Highlights

WSAVA Congress held in Cape Town:

Awards were made to the following people in Cape Town:

The WSAVA International Award for Scientific Achievement

This was presented to Dr Michael Herrtage, Professor of Small Animal Medicine at Cambridge Veterinary School, UK, in recognition of  his contribution to small animal internal medicine, especially in endocrinology. Dr Herrtage is a Diplomate of both the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging.

The WSAVA Global Meritorious Service Award

This was made to Dr Lawson  Cairns. Dr Cairns trained in Scotland but has run a practice in Hillcrest, near Durban, for 40 years. He received the award  in recognition of the work he has done to raise standards of continuing education (CE) across Africa.

The WSAVA Global One Health Award

This was made to Professor Lucille Blumberg of the National Institute of Communicable Disease (NICD) in South Africa. She is currently heading the country's response team to the ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The WSAVA Hill's Pet Mobility Award

This was made to Professor Kenneth Johnson, Director of Orthopaedics at the University of Sydney, in recognition of his work in the field of canine and feline orthopaedic medicine and surgery.

The WSAVA Hill's Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award

This was made to Dr Gen Kato, Director of the Daktari Animal Hospital in Tokyo, Japan, in recognition of his work to promote companion animal healthcare and the family-pet-veterinary bond.

The WSAVA Henry Schein Cares Award for International Community Service

This was presented to  South African vet Annelize Roos, the founder of EnviroVet CNV, a satellite community veterinary clinic under the umbrella of the South African Veterinary Association Community Veterinary Clinics (SAVA).