Equine Health Update EHU Vol 19 Issue 3 - Page 3

President’s Report Manfred Rohwer Chairman SA Equine Veterinary Association Cell: 083 327 0237 D ear Members, Welcome to this the third edition of the EHU in 2017. The new Communi- cations Committee headed up by Johnny Cave is leading by example and doing sterling work, well done. The Executive would like to strongly advise all members to join the SAEVA Facebook page. Most of the communications will appear on this Facebook group as well as the Website. The second executive meeting was held in August at the yearling sales complex. Importantly the Congress and speak- ers for the annual SAEVA Congress 2018 to be held in February next year were finalised. We are looking forward to a pre congress wet lab to be held at the Drakenstein Equine Hospital, the Congress with Virginia Reef, Warwick Bayly and Anthony Goodhead immediately following. Early morning sessions will be fitted into the program as well as the traditional Sport/ sight seeing afternoon is back. Registration will be active when the EHU reaches you and I do recom- mend the early bird registration and take advantage of the members preferred rate. Congress 2017 financials have been completed and a healthy profit of around R150 000.00 was posted. Well done to Terry Casey and Vetlink for this extra ordinary effort. Also to Angela Rogers and Angelo Nichas who made the monies work and get the archives sorted respectively. The disease reporting committee has been active and the disease reporting website is now up and running, acces- sible via the website. The regional representatives will soon be contacting Equine practices to get disease reporting motivated. I therefore request all members to support this initiative. From a regulatory point of view there have been some dramatic developments regarding the dispensing licensing for veterinarians. In essence we have lost the battle and will possibly have to be licensed to be able to dispense. The SAVC and the SAVA are in the process of further negotiations. This development is extremely disconcerting and I therefore advise all members to make input to this executive as well as to SAVA. Guidelines to antibiotic stewardship is work in progress and I would like all members to be vigilant. I would like to encourage as many members as possible to register for the Congress 2018 and remember that 2018 is a ‘Voting Year”. So please may I receive timeous nominations for executive positions, especially from our younger members. Finally I would like to wish all members a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year, from all within your Executive. • Volume 19 no 3 • September 2017 • 3