The aim of the programme is to provide veterinary services which promote sustainable economic growth through export/import and, ensure healthy animals,safe animal products and the welfare of people and animals in the Northern Cape and South Africa. 

The programme consists of the following 4 sub-programmes:

Animal Health
Export Control
Veterinary Public Health
Veterinary Lab Services

The objectives of this programme are:

  • Prevention,control and eradication of animal diseases
  • Trade of animals and animal products
  • To promote food safety
  • Diagnostic services and epidemiological investigations

To facilitate and provide animal disease control services in order to protect the animal population against highly infectious and economic diseases, through the implementation of the Animal Diseases Act (Act 35 of 1984) or Animal Health Act (Act 7 of 2002), when promulgated and Primary Animal health programme/projects.

To provide control measures including risk assessment and Health Certification, in order to facilitate the importation and exportation of animals and animal products.

To ensure the safety of meat and meat products and the prevention of food borne diseases through the implementation of Meat Safety Act (Act 40 of 2000), the Animal Disease Act (Act 35 of 1984),food safety awareness and various meat safety schemes as well as other relevant legislation.

To render veterinary diagnostic, laboratory and investigative services and epidemiological studies that will back the control of animal diseases for adherence to hygienic standards and to generate data.Lab Services primarily provides support services to the strategic objectives of all the sub-programmes of the programme.

The programme will focus on:

  • Conduct 16 food safety campaigns
  • The abattoir monitoring programme implemented targeting 8 pre-selected abattoirs
  • Development of the Herd Health Improvement Plan
  • Initiate the registration of the Veterinary Laboratory with Sanas (ISO 17025) this is a multi-year project and its expected to be completed in 5 years
  • Build the necessary technical capacity for bees,aquaculture/fish health and increase the capacity for Veterinary Public Health,diagnostic services and epidemiology Redesign the student animal health technician programme and keep it as a feeder system
  • Prevention of introduction of animal diseases into the province,control animal diseases that have huge economic impact especially foreign diseases
  • Acquire necessary tools for business intelligence such as automating process and improved communication with farmers
  • Fulfilling the role required by Vet services to play in the establishement and implementation of Agri parks in the province.
  • Implementation of the National Community Service Vet programme in the Northern Cape
  • Awareness and emergency response plan with particular reference to Pestes Des Petitis Ruminant.The province has to concentrate on awareness of the disease and prepare for eventuality
  • Export readiness of smallholder producers
  • Implementation of the Animal identification programme

The following are some of the outbreak investigations done :
Catfish die-off at Kamfers Dam
In the summer of 2013,the province investigated a massive die-off of wild birds at Kamfers Dam.The investigation concluded that these wild birds were killed by an outbreak of Avian Botulism and that the dam should be monitored during high risk periods.

In the summer of 2014-15 (December-February) the dam was under surveillance as recommended by the Flamingo report when a massive die-off of Catfish was noticed by the state officials.The investigation that was launched involved multiple government departments and the Sol Plaatjie Municipality.The outcome of that investigation was that oxygen depletion in the water had resulted in these catfish die-offa.The water had significantly receded and combined with high temperatures,aquatic life was put under stress.

Bovine Tuberculosis in Buffaloes

The Northern Cape Investigated three cases of Bovine Turbeculosis in three buffalo herds,two of which were epidemologically-linked and one was imported from Namibia.

The index case was an 8 year old bull that was tested as part of a group for an outbound movement.This bull tested positive on the comparative skin  test as well as the gamma interferon.Post mortem revealed leseisons consistent with tuberculosis granulomas and these stained positive with the Ziehl Neelson staining technique.Trace back of this buffalo bull lead us to another bull in another farm which also teted positive on the comparative skin test and the gamma interferon.These two herds are under quarantine and being closely monitored by Head Office:Veterinary Services.

The last case was a consignment of 90 imported buffaloes that had failed quarantine due to positive comparative TB skin tests and were subsequently refused entry into South Africa.This consignmnet was succesfully repartriated back to the country of origin.

Newcatle Disease Outbreak in Ostriches
An ostrich farm belonging to emerging farmers reported heavy mortalities in their ostrich chicks.They had bought day-old chicks from two sources, 150 and 100 respectively.The outbreak of Newcastle Disease was confirmed by the laboratory (Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) picked virulent Newcastle Disease Virus (NDC) using hemi nested real time PCR, hnRT-PCR) and could be traced back to the one supplier in the Northern Cape.The Northern Cape team the launched an outbreak investigation and discovered mortalities of up to 44% in some groups linked to the source farm.The affected farms were put under quarantine.Vaccination of day old chicks with La Sota strain of vaccine was advised.

5 - 7 Elliot Street, Kimberley 8300
Telephone: 053 839 7870


Calvinia State Veterinary Office
Akkerdam Weg, Calvinia, 8190
Telephone: 0876300346

De Aar State Veterinary Office
Corner Jenny & Rossouw 48 Street, De Aar, 7000
Telephone: 0876300356

Kimberley State Veterinary Office
Old Mint Building, De Beers, Kimberley, 8300
Telephone: 0876300385/0876300274

Kuruman State Veterinary Office
Tsening Road (Next to Labour Department), Kuruman 8460

Mothibistad State Veterinary Office
6236 Kgosi Mothibi Road, Mothibistad, 8474
Telephone: 053 773 1981/053 712 1263

Springbok State Veterinary Office
49 Van Riebeeck Street, Springbok, 8240

Upington State Veterinary Office
Karakoel Research Farm, Airport Road, Upington, 8800
Telephone: 0876300304

Kimberley Veterinary Laboratory
Corner Hall & Lanyon Street, Kimberley, 8300
Telephone: 053 832 4346

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