Our aim as the South African Veterinary Fund is to promote a greater public understanding of animals through research
Our work includes supporting veterinary research at all levels, funding bursaries for veterinary studies and investing and administering a variety of financial portfolios to promote the knowledge, image and status of the Veterinary and Paraveterinary Professions and practice within Southern Africa.
Our general purpose is to improve the quality of life for both animal and mankind.
Formation and Purpose
The South African Veterinary Foundation was founded in 1984 and is a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) (registration number 1984 / 003967 / 08) and is registered with the Department of Social Development as a registered Public Benefit Organisation with registration number 930001649.
The foundation was established to raise money to promote a greater understanding of animals by means of research and an informed public.
To promote and advance Veterinary and other Biological Sciences in all their aspects. This includes supporting veterinary research at all levels, to fund bursaries for veterinary studies and to invest and administer various financial portfolios in order to promote the knowledge, image and status of the Veterinary and Paraveterinary Professions and practice within Southern Africa resulting in improved quality of life for animal and man.
Background on our Bursaries
The South African Veterinary Foundation has been supporting a 4th and 5th year veterinary student financially since 1999 when K Eason and GL van Blerk each received R5000. To date 36 veterinary students have received bursaries to a total value of R235 500 and the current bursary value is R10 000. The bursaries have been funded from the Pet Memorial Fund as well as from 2002 by a generous donation each year from veterinary wholesaler Lakato (Pty) Ltd represented by the managing director, Mr Stuart Fyffe. In 2017 The Professional Provident Society gave bursaries and in 2018 Mercantile Bank sponsored two bursaries. Our sincere thanks are extended to Lakato, the PPS and Mercantile Bank for their assistance in educating veterinary students.
Whilst the bursaries only cover a small amount of the annual expense of studying veterinary science they do make a difference. The bursaries are allocated to students who actively partake in campus student activities and with good academic achievements and are presented with no repayment obligation. We only hope that past recipients who are currently in practice will support the Pet Memorial Fund so we can help more students.
With increasing costs of studying veterinary science and greater numbers of financially challenged students there is a constant request for student bursaries and the Foundation has thus established a bursary fund. The Foundation can then make ad hoc bursaries available if special requests are received from vets or related organisations, as well as make more regular bursaries available for veterinary and nursing students.
The Foundation thus challenges members of the public, individual veterinarians or multiperson practices to make a once-off, or regular donation to the SAVF bursary fund, or to consider the bursary fund in their will. Additionally SAVA branches and Groups can also donate some of their accumulated funds or profits from mini-congresses to the bursary fund. Vets in industry and their companies can also consider making donations to the fund as part of their corporate social responsibilities. Any donations will be acknowledged on the website if required. These donations are tax deductible and donors will receive an 18A tax receipt. Qualified veterinarians and veterinary nurses have been privileged to receive a good veterinary education in South Africa – let us consider those that have limited financial means to achieve their dreams to become a veterinarian or veterinary nurse.
Requirements and eligibility
Bursaries are ONLY available to BVSc students from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, who are in their 4th or 5th year of study and in need of financial assistance.
TO BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY
• You must currently be studying at the University of Pretoria.
• You must currently be studying a for a BVSc degree (Veterinary Science).
• You must be in your 4th or 5th year of study for a BVSc degree.