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Dear fellow epidemiologists,

18th Annual Congress of the Southern African Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (SASVEPM) 25-27 August 2021 | Warmbaths Forever Resort, Bela-Bela, Limpopo

The 18th Annual SASVEPM Congress will be hosted as a Hybrid Event, comprising of both an in-person and a virtual congress.  The congress will be held from 25-27 August 2021 at the Warmbaths Forever Resort, Bela-Bela, Limpopo.

Presenters of all accepted oral and/or poster presentations will be invited to present in person at the congress venue in Bela-Bela (Limpopo), or present virtually, while attendees will be encouraged to attend the congress virtually.

This SASVEPM Congress’ new flexible hybrid format will enable us to safeguard our members’ well-being and facilitate your participation wherever you are based, while at the same serving you with access to valuable online discussions within  our society.

We are therefore pleased to announce that abstract submissions for both oral and poster presentations are open for the 2021 Congress of the Southern African Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (SASVEPM). 

To download the Call for Abstracts, please click here.

We encourage abstract submissions related to disease surveillance economics, outbreak investigations, antimicrobial resistance, disease control, policy, public health and diagnostics and case reports within the suggested themes.  However, we also welcome submissions within the broader field of epidemiology and preventative medicine as our members have a wide base of interest. 

We welcome all submissions and look forward to providing the best platform for our members’ ongoing contribution to the field of epidemiology and preventative medicine. 


Registration for the Congress is open.  To register and qualify for the early registration rates, click here: 

REGISTER (early registration closes 30 June).


The theme for this year’s annual congress is: “Creative animal health solutions for sustainable economic growth”. The sub-themes are:

  • Antimicrobial resistance and residues
  • Disease prevention and control
  • One Health in Epidemiology
  • Animal Health and Economics
  • Biosecurity, surveillance and traceability 

Keynote Speakers

It gives us great pleasure to announce our keynote speakers for the 18th Annual SASVEPM Hybrid Congress: 

Prof. Esron KarimuriboResearch Group Leader,SACIDS Foundation for One Health
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Prof. Folorunso O. FasinaCountry Team Leader,ECTAD-FAO
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Prof. Mary-Louise PenrithExtraordinary Professor,University of Pretoria
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Dr Moetapele Letshwenyo   OIE Sub-Regional Representative for Southern Africa


To download the full first announcement included details on the programme, registration fees and accommodation, please click here.


SASVEPM has a limited number of sponsorships available for those presenting their work live at the congress who are currently post-graduate students or veterinarians completing their compulsory community service (CCS) year in 2021-2022.

Those who wish to be considered for sponsorship by the Society should submit, together with their abstract:

  1. A short motivation letter;
  2. Proof of their status (e.g., a copy of their student card or SAVC registration certificate) with their abstract.


SASVEPM will be awarding an Animal Health Technician prize, to the best abstract submitted by an Animal Health Technician.  The prize is a floating trophy with engraved name plate and a smaller trophy and certificate for the prize winner. 

Important Dates

First call for abstracts21 March 2021
Deadline for abstracts submission31 May 2021
Early registration open03 May 2021
Notification of Abstract Acceptance/Rejection15 June 2021
Fist preliminary Congress Programme01 July 2021
Congress dates25-27 Aug 2021

COVID-19 Update

In the midst of a global pandemic, it is impossible to predict with any certainty when the epidemic will have run its course, as it is affecting different regions of the world at different times. This will remain a challenge for our planning during the next couple of months.

In view of the current COVID-19 situation and with guidelines on trends and projections from the Department of Health on movement, gathering and travel restrictions the LOC will continue the planning of the 18TH Annual SASVEPM Congress as an in-person and virtual (hybrid) event.

Your safety is our priority, and all COVID-19 regulations and safety protocols will be observed during the event, ensuring a safe and secure event for all our attendees.

Sanitizing stations, masks, personal sanitizing wipes/spray will be freely available and the necessary social distancing regulations will be implemented throughout the event.

We continue to monitor the latest guidelines from our government and the WHO and remain committed to keeping you informed as developments unfold.

Contact Details

Congress Secretariat
Ms Corné Engelbrecht 
+27(0)71 587 2950
SASVEPM Secretariat
Dr Mohamed Sirdar 
+27(0)73 598 5122 

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Twitter account: @sasvepm