Equine Health Update Issue 1 Volume 16 - Page 4

Chairman’s Report Deon van Tonder Wellington Animal Hospital Cell: 083-6314603 Chairman SA Equine Veterinary Association This is my first report for Equine Health Update as SAEVA president. I want to thank SAEVA members for the trust put in me to lead the way for the next two years. I also want to make use of the opportunity to invite all SEAVA members to participate and be actively involved in the day to day activities of SAEVA. Any suggestions and positive criticism is welcome. Our annual SAEVA Congress held at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park was again a huge success with in excess of 100 veterinarians attending. We also had several foreign veterinarians from Europe, Africa and Australia attending. The academic program was of a very high standard with amongst others, Bruce Bladan, Sarah Puchaliski and Christine Smith lecturing. Topics varied form diagnostic imaging of the distal limb to reproduction and infectious disease. Several local speakers also contributed to the program to ensure a wide variety of topics to fulfil the needs of all the delegates. I want to congratulate Madaleen Schultheiss and her team from Vetlink for a job well done under difficult circumstances. The confirmation of horse sickness in two horses in the Porterville district just outside the surveillance zone is a big concern, not only for the Thoroughbred industry, but for the whole equine industry in South Africa. The origin of the infection is still unknown, but is suspected to be a field strain. Quarantine is currently imposed on the Porterville/Saron district until further notice. All collegues are encouraged to help impose and respect the movement restrictions of horses to the Western Cape to get the ban on the export of horses lifted as soon as possible. Any queries on the current status of movement restrictions to the Western Cape can be taken up with Dr Gary Buhrman and the State Veterinarian Boland Offices at telephone number: 021 808 5253. veterinarians to report the presence of internal and external parasites, Bacterial Disease, Viral Disease, Venereal Disease, Insect Transmittable Disease and Tick Borne Disease in their respective areas. The cost of putting a report like this together on a monthly basis is very high and pose quite a challenge. Any suggestions and ideas to make this a reality can be forwarded to me by e-mail to: tonder@ iafrica.com. All members of the SAEVA are invited to join the equine discussion group “equinevetsafrica”. This is a google group initiated by Louis Gouws on behalf of the SAEVA and is open to all veterinarians with an equine interest. To join the group, go to equinevetsafrica@googlegroups.com and request to become a member. The aim of the group is to gain/ share knowledge, rapid distribution of information regarding disease outbreaks and any other matter pertaini