2011 will mark the merger between the Young Members’ Group of the South African Equine Veterinary Association and the Equine Studies Group, this all-encompassing group will provide its members’ with so many more opportunities and benefits that either could provide on their own.
Members will enjoy the benefits of belonging to an official national group of practising equine veterinarians, which means that they will be able to attend the various conferences and congresses held by this group, they will receive the quarterly equine health update magazine that comes with membership to this group, as well as develop contacts with in the professional world which should help to make the job hunt when they finish their studies to be slightly less daunting. The ESG is an official university group which receives funding from the university and thus the members will have a greater opportunity to attend more equine related events at a reduced cost as well as allow the group to hold its own talks and events. The ESG is also responsible for the co-ordination of student after hour equine clinic shifts, this gives the younger students the opportunity to get a taste of what is to come as well as familiarize themselves with the ways of the hospital.
2010 was a busy year for the YMG as they attended the SAEVA annual congress in Mossel Bay, which for those members who attended was an unforgettable phenomenal experience. They also attended the Emperor’s Palace Yearling Sales in Turffontein, listened to a talk on opportunities in equine veterinary and will be attending the South African Horse Expo which promises to be a once in a life time experience in November 2010.
The Equines Studies Group attended one of the largest endurance races in South Africa in Fauresmith and also successfully co-ordinated the equine after hour’s clinic shifts.
The merger of these two groups thus means that 2011 promises to be a fantastic year!
Aim: The aim of this group is to foster and maintain an equine interest and enthusiasm in undergraduate students and to encourage them to go into equine practice upon qualifying.