What if Animal Health Technicians were the catalyst for both extending vet services and human-animal-veterinary relationships?

This would mean increased health and well-being for animals, humans, and poor communities, throughout South Africa.

Our strategy focuses on Animal Health Technician mentorship with financial literacy education to empower a potential network of independent practitioners that addresses the transformation needed in animal health service delivery to townships, informal settlements, and rural areas throughout South Africa.

AHT mentorship and financial literacy education are most effective:

  • To take animal healthcare to our communities
  • Provide affordable alternatives to primary vet services
  • Empower AHT professionals
  • Increase access to care for vulnerable animals
  • Improve service quality delivered at the point of need
  • Create employment.


Actions to Attain South Africa’s Potential

SAID AHT practitioners are trained to provide veterinary extension services as an important tool to link private vets and animal welfare organisations nationwide.

Adopting a One Health model, the solution is in understanding the inter-connected relationship between the health of humans, animals, and the environment.

Build a primary veterinary network of black women and men owned and operated sole proprietors that provide accessible, affordable, and quality healthcare to communities in low income areas.

They extend their affordable veterinary service strategically as a preventative approach.

Affordable community veterinary health cluster delivery systems in rural and poor community settings sets the benchmark for delivering QUALITY animal healthcare services to the people of South Africa.

Facilitate scientifically prudent and humane control of animal populations, provide vaccination programmes to not only prevent pet-to-pet but also pet-to-human transmission of zoonotic diseases and mitigate risk of rabies transmission to humans.

Raise nationwide community awareness about Parvovirus and Zoonoses, such as Rabies.

Increase Zoonosis and emerging disease control in activities focused on passive surveillance, detection and reporting to mutually strengthen control systems for enhanced public health in South Africa.


Helping people to Help animals

According to Statistics South Africa, in Q1 of 2020, graduates in the age group of 15-24, the unemployment rate was 33,1% during this period compared to 24,6% in the Q4 of 2019.

Education, accelerating mentorship and advocating nationwide graduate youth employment for AHT’s empowers post graduate para-veterinary youth transition to employment.

Strengthening competencies for veterinary Public Health.

Deliver excellence in companion animal and equine veterinary technician specialty.

AHT’s are skilled, in the study, of diverse areas such as anatomy, physiology, nutrition, animal diseases, management of production and wild animals, maintenance of primary animal health care and auditing of abattoirs.

Increase the numbers of rural Animal health practitioners to set the demographic representation of the veterinary workforce on a new course.

Provides financial literacy coaching for sustainable AHT practitioners

Development of active economic participation for professional para-veterinary youth that are aspiring to solve peri-urban human-animal challenges.

“The latest UN DESA’s World Youth Report is clear: Young people have the potential to save the world. All we have to do is let them do just that,” said Assistant Secretary-General at UN DESA and UN Chief Economist Elliott Harris. “And that means giving them a fair shot at quality education and decent jobs.”


The human side of animal welfare.

Preventing suffering Redefining productivity, AHT’s recognise culture, know the dialect, understand needs to build trust and to ensure relevance for the sustainability of animal ownership inside the community.

Demonstrate a force-free community engagement model to show a more humane way to accomplish progress.

Intentional cruelty to animals is not the norm, often people do not have what is needed to correctly care for their animals.

AHT’s offer culturally relevant education – guidance about food, shelter, and best practice for improving the lives of animals.

Engage children that are often caretakers of animals and will become agents of change and role models of responsible, caring dog or cat owners in their communities.

Real-life solutions for communities that would otherwise not have them.



Programme focus is on-the-job and in-the-field skills for inexperienced graduates.

To achieve a wide array of objectives, such as attainment of a practical skill engaged in the real animal health process, community development, personal and professional development, research opportunity, and academic development.

By achieving specific goals for excellence in companion animal and equine veterinary animal welfare.

The training modules deliver a combination of internship small animal and para-veterinary technical skills, foundational skills (a special focus on building financial literacy and micro-enterprise), and soft skills (including critical thinking, communication, and teamwork).

Locations: SAID Veterinary Hospital training facility in Midrand, Johannesburg designed to provide world class practical training.

Field: Diepsloot, Tembisa, Olievenhoutbosch, Krugersdorp.

Head Coach and Facilitators: Full-time employed veterinarian and veterinary nurse registered with the South African Veterinary Council.

Financial Literacy: Our partners bring training expertise to the frontlines of our mentorship programme. Introducing micro-enterprise tools.

Duration: 1 year

Seven Modules:

  • Module 1: Life Skills –Personal, Financial Literacy and Economic basics
  • Module 2: Animal Handling
  • Module 3: Law, Welfare, Ethics
  • Module 4: Community Development Skills
  • Module 5: Diagnostics
  • Module 6: Common Diseases
  • Module 7: Zoonoses