SAAMBR veterinary clinic gets the nod from South African Veterinary Council

SAAMBR's uShaka Sea World veterinary clinic is now officially registered with the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC).

As anticipated, reaching this milestone was not an easy task, as the uShaka Sea World treatment centre is very different from other veterinary clinics in South Africa in that it looks after marine species.

uShaka Sea World veterinarian Dr Francois Lampen examines a stonefish (Synanceia verrucosa). (Image: uShaka Sea World)

"This registration is an affirmation of our excellent standards of care and operating procedures," says uShaka Sea World veterinarian Dr Francois Lampen. Recognition from the national authority responsible for setting legal veterinary standards – the South African Veterinary Council – is the ultimate accolade for our vet treatment centre.

So what does this mean for SAAMBR? Firstly, it means that all medical procedures performed at uShaka Sea World are supported and endorsed by a governing institution. Secondly, it allows us to collaborate with other similar institutions on an equal basis, with the approval of the SAVC, and finally, having fulfilled our legal obligation to register, we are now in a position to grow and develop into an even better veterinary facility.   

The variety of species that receive treatment at uShaka Sea World make compliance with operational standards challenging, to say the least. However, our unique situation also affords us the opportunity to influence and assist in establishing a benchmark for the standard of care required by aquatic animal hospitals in the rest of Africa.

What is the best technique to anaesthetise a fish in order to perform critical surgery on it? Well, years of experience and collaboration with local and international specialists and research facilities have helped us establish the current best practice in this and many other healthcare situations.

"Recognition by the SAVC will encourage us to continue innovating in our veterinary care techniques. Our ultimate goal remains to give the animals in our care, whether permanent or temporary, the best possible veterinary attention through the provision of the most current, best and most compassionate practice," Lampen adds.

uShaka Sea World veterinarian Dr Francois Lampen injects a catface rockcod (Epinephelus andersoni). (Image: uShaka Sea World)

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