Southern African Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

The Southern African Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (SASVEPM) was formed in 2000 as an African equivalent to the United Kingdom’s Society for Veterinary Epidemiology
and Preventive Medicine (SVEPM). 

Our mission is to advance veterinary epidemiology and preventive medicine in Southern Africa, promote
information sharing between animal health professionals, and build regional capacity in epidemiology.

Today, our diverse membership exceeds two thousand veterinary and para-veterinary professionals
from across the African continent and beyond. Our members contribute expertise from both state and
private sectors, industry, non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations, academic institutions,
and research groups.

SASVEPM serves as a forum to share knowledge, experience, and methodologies applicable to Southern
Africa through various annual online and in person events. These include webinars, epidemiology field
training sessions and workshops designed to equip members with the knowledge and skills required to
address the distinctive challenges and circumstances complicating the management of infectious
diseases in Africa and necessitate bespoke approaches to surveillance and control.

To date, the Society has held 20 Annual Congresses, which have yielded a successful blend of scientific
papers, posters, and continuing education sessions. In August 2009, SASVEPM hosted the twelfth
International Symposium for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE XII) at the International
Convention Centre in Durban. SASVEPM now looks forward to hosting the 2027 ISVEE17 in Cape Town.

The Society is governed by the General Assembly that meets annually during SASVEPM congresses and
an Executive Committee of six members that run the day-to-day affairs of the organisation. Membership
is free of charge and can be attained by attending any of our events.