Veterinary Services
Name: 
Ms Hilda Combrink
Telephone number: 
+27 21 808 5001
Fax number: 
+27 21 808 5120
Travelling with your pet

Pets travelling out of South Africa generally require a Veterinary Health Certificate certified by a state veterinarian.

Pets from the Western Cape, South Africa

Pets travelling out of South Africa generally require a Veterinary Health Certificate certified by a state veterinarian.

We have compiled some info sheets to assist you with your travels but these are to serve as a guide only and you are ultimately responsible for obtaining the import requirements from the country you are travelling to. If the information we provide differs in any way from the information received from the importing country please let us know so that we can update our information.

 

 Western Cape Map 

Want to know where the closest export certification office is?

Country Info sheet Template certificate for the private veterinarian

 

Table of info sheets for pets

Angola

Pets to Angola

Angola template
Australia Pets to Australia  
Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

Pets to most of SADC

 SADC template
Canada

Pets to Canada

Generic template
European Union

Commercial pets to the EU

Pets travelling with owners to EU

Western Cape private veterinarian template
Kenya   Kenya template
Malaysia   Malaysia Template
Namibia

Pets to Namibia

Namibia Template
New Zealand

Pets to New Zealand

DAFF Letter
Nigeria   Nigeria template
Sweden Dogs and cats to Sweden  
United Arab Emirates Dogs and cats to the UAE Template Certificate UAE
United States of America

Dogs to the USA

Cats to the USA

Template for Dogs to the USA

Generic template (Cats)

Other General pet exports Generic template
Tariffs

Register 2018

 

Pets entering South Africa

Dogs and cats entering South Africa need to have an import permit.

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in Pretoria is responsible for issuing import permits. 

You can contact them on:

012 319 7559 OR 012 319 7514

vetpermits@daff.gov.za

You can also find information here.

 

TB and Brucellosis testing

!Read more about the risks of Br and TB spread at shows and auctions!

Bovine Brucellosis:

Brucellosis is a zoonosis which means that it is an infectious disease which can be transmitted from animals to humans. It is caused by bacteria of the genus Brucella. It is primarily a disease of domestic animals (goats, pigs, cattle, dogs, etc) and humans and has a worldwide distribution, mostly now in developing countries.

Cattle affected with Brucella abortus have high incidences of abortions or weak calves, arthritic joints, and retention of the fetal membranes.

 

Click here to read the OIE disease card.

Bovine Tuberculosis 

Bovine TB is also a zoonosis. It is a chronic wasting disease that causes considerable production losses and is caused by Mycobacterium bovis.

Click here to read the OIE disease card.

The Animal Health subprogramme of Veterinary Services conduct TB and Brucellosis testing as part of national surveillance for these 2 important diseases. If a farm is diagnosed positive for either of these diseases, state officals will step in and control the disease which will involve culling infected animals and testing until the herd is once again clean.

African Horse Sickness

The African Horse Sickness vaccination season runs from June to October each year.

 

“African horse sickness (AHS) is a highly infectious and deadly disease of Equidae (horses, donkeys, mules, and zebra) caused by the African Horse Sickness virus which is a virus of the genus Orbivirus belonging to the family Reoviridae. AHS is not directly contagious but is spread by the Culicoides midge.

South Africa is endemic for AHS which means that it commonly occurs throughout the country. The Western Cape contains the only AHS free zone in the country and therefore the only place that horse exports can take place from is Cape Town.  As a result of this AHS control is strictly regulated in the province.

 

AHS is spread by biting midges and the vaccine used is a live virus vaccine. The cause of previous outbreaks of AHS in the AHS controlled area (AHS CA) has been identified as the spread of the vaccine virus between horses by these Culicoides midges. This is the reason why the vaccination period has been restricted to the period when the midges are least active in the AHS CA.

 

Consequently, African horse sickness vaccinations are now controlled in the AHS protection, surveillance and free zones of the Western Cape. The vaccination season in the AHS CA in the Western Cape is legislated by the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to take place between 1 June and 31 October each year. Vaccination against AHS for horses in the AHS Surveillance and Free zones may only occur with written permission from State Vet Boland, and this permission can only be granted for vaccinations that are planned within this time period.

 

Applications for permission to vaccinate against African Horse Sickness open in March every year in order that permission can be granted timeously by State Vet Boland before vaccination can begin annually on 1st June in the African Horse Sickness Controlled area (Surveillance and Free zones) in the Western Cape.  

 

Only registered AHS vaccines may be used during this time and it is illegal to use an unregistered vaccine or for a private person to vaccinate their horse in the AHS CA. All AHS vaccinations in the AHS CA must be done by a veterinarian. Permission must be applied for by your private veterinarian who will send an application to vaccinate@myhorse.org.za  

 

Responsible vaccination against AHS decreases the risk of outbreaks in our region, which is to the benefit of our local horse population and increases international market access for South African horses. The public’s adherence to these requirements assists us to ensure there are no further outbreaks, either from the use of vaccine outside the permitted times or from the illegal movement of an infected horse into the area.

 

For more information with regards to movement control, vaccination,  passports and Stop Over quarantines please see the links attached below.

 

The Department  would like to thank all horse owners, veterinarians and everyone else involved  in the equine industry for partnering with us to reach this goal.”

To access the AHS control protocol brochure, click here

Rabies vaccinations

Rabies is caused by a virus that is able to infect all mammals including humans (a zoonosis). The disease is spread to humans by contact with infected animals. Although rabies occurs in a number of wild animal species, transfer to humans occurs via the bite of a domestic dog or cat in more than 90% of cases. The symptoms of someone infected with rabies include fever, nervous symptoms, anxiety, inability to swallow and paralysis. In the final phase of the disease the body shuts down and goes into a coma which is followed by death.

Once the rabies virus has entered the nervous system there is no cure! The only way to prevent the virus from entering the nervous system is to clean and disinfect the bite wound immediately and to receive very specific medical attention in the form of post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) so rather take the advice of the saying “prevention is better than cure”.

Click here to read the OIE disease card on rabies.

The Animal Health Technicians of Veterinary Services hold regular campaigns in various areas to vaccinate dogs and cats and to create awareness about rabies. Not only does Veterinary Services deliver this service free of charge, but they bring it right to the community, where it is most convenient for people who do not have the means to transport their animals to the local vet.

Veterinary Laboratory Services

The Provincial Veterinary Laboratory at Helderfontein, Stellenbosch renders an extensive diagnostic service to the livestock, poultry, ostrich and aquaculture industries and also delivers a supporting service to other provincial and national departments.

 

A wide spectrum of tests is conducted in the diagnostic bacteriology, serology, virology, parasitology, histology, PCR and biochemistry sections of the laboratory. The laboratory also receives samples such as meat, water, animal feed and swabs for hygiene monitoring for veterinary public health and food safety testing. The laboratory has implemented a computerized laboratory information management system (LIMS) that greatly enhances the capturing and availability of data on all functions performed.

 

The Provincial laboratory has obtained ISO 17025 accreditation for a number of test methods including controlled disease testing for Brucellosis, Avian Influenza, Newcastle Disease, African Horse Sickness and Salmonella spp. detection. The food safety section is accredited for a number of methods testing food, feed and meat samples. Accreditation facilitates international recognition and the maintenance of a high standard of service delivery. Please visit the SANAS website for the latest schedule of accredited tested methods.

 

Sample submission

Samples sent to the Provincial Veterinary Laboratory for testing must be accompanied by a submission form, which can be obtained at the laboratory, or downloaded from the forms tab.

 

Please consult this specimen submission guideline for more information on sample requirements and turnaround times for the various tests.

 

Sample packaging

Please ensure that samples transported by road or air are packaged according to OIE regulations. The principle of a three-layer system should be followed. All biological material should be packaged and transported to:

  • Minimise the risk of exposure for those in transportation and should protect the environment and susceptible animal populations from potential exposure.
  • Protect the integrity of the specimens and avoid cross-contaminating other specimens and the environment.

 

A three-layer system comprises of the following elements:

  • First layer: a leak-proof receptacle (avoid glass containers). The primary receptacle must be packaged within enough absorbent material to absorb all fluid in case of breakage and sealed in a clear plastic bag.
  • Second layer: The secondary packaging must be durable, watertight, and leak-proof to enclose and protect the primary receptacle e.g. plastic container or water-tight plastic bag.
  • Third layer: a rigid outer packaging of adequate strength for its capacity, mass and intended use e.g. plastic or cardboard box. The delivery address, name and telephone number of the laboratory and senders details should be indicated. The Proper shipping name and UN Number should be indicated on the third layer and on the overpack (e.g. cooler box). Routine diagnostic specimens will be packaged as “Biological substance, Category B, UN3373”. Refer to the OIE website for more information.

 

 

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Abattoir inspections

The subprogramme Veterinary Public Health of Veterinary Services is responsible for food safety inspections especially at abattoirs, processing plants and dairy establishments.

Name: 
Petuania Danti
Telephone number: 
021 808 5273
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Exporting animal products

Animal products usually require a veterinary export certificate before being allowed to enter another country.

This export certification is the assurance by the relevant role-players in the exporting country to the relevant role-players in the importing country that the animal or product complies with the requirements of the importing country.

Please click here for more information..

 

 

Travelling with your pet
Pets travelling out of South Africa generally require a Veterinary Health Certificate certified by a state veterinarian. Pets from the Western Cape, South Africa Pets travelling out of South Africa generally require a Veterinary Health Certificate certified by a state veterinarian. We have compiled some info sheets to...
TB and Brucellosis testing
!Read more about the risks of Br and TB spread at shows and auctions! Bovine Brucellosis: Brucellosis is a zoonosis which means that it is an infectious disease which can be transmitted from animals to humans. It is caused by bacteria of the genus Brucella. It is primarily a disease of domestic animals (goats, pigs, ca...
African Horse Sickness
The African Horse Sickness vaccination season runs from June to October each year.   “African horse sickness (AHS) is a highly infectious and deadly disease of Equidae (horses, donkeys, mules, and zebra) caused by the African Horse Sickness virus which is a virus of the genus Orbivirus belonging to the family Reovirida...
Rabies vaccinations
Rabies is caused by a virus that is able to infect all mammals including humans (a zoonosis). The disease is spread to humans by contact with infected animals. Although rabies occurs in a number of wild animal species, transfer to humans occurs via the bite of a domestic dog or cat in more than 90% of cases. The sympto...
Veterinary Laboratory Services
The Provincial Veterinary Laboratory at Helderfontein, Stellenbosch renders an extensive diagnostic service to the livestock, poultry, ostrich and aquaculture industries and also delivers a supporting service to other provincial and national departments.   A wide spectrum of tests is conducted in the diagnostic bacter...
Abattoir inspections
The subprogramme Veterinary Public Health of Veterinary Services is responsible for food safety inspections especially at abattoirs, processing plants and dairy establishments.
Exporting animal products
Animal products usually require a veterinary export certificate before being allowed to enter another country. This export certification is the assurance by the relevant role-players in the exporting country to the relevant role-players in the importing country that the animal or product complies with the requirements...