News Update :)

A BIIIIG thank you to Tuks Alumni for their generous sponsorship to the 2014 Vet Books trip today. We are extremely grateful, your contribution has helped us get one step closer to our goals for the trip. Thank you 🙂 🙂

We are also just over 3 weeks away to this years Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge! We look forward to having the following people wear our Vet Books jersey in support of our project 🙂

Sumari Beumer; Chris, Resia, Theresa, Cornette and Ilza Blignaut; Luke Chambers; Rosa-marie Cronje; Louis Du Toit; Nicholas Foce; Moritz Huber, Kyle Piears; Matthew Huckle; Bradley Taylor; Aqil Jeenah; Clive Mey; Linnetee, Willem, Petrus and Marike van der Walt and Alex Westerink; Theo; Glen Bosman and Anthea Flemming.

We would also like to give a huge thank you to Isuzu SA, Hills Pet Nutrition and Umthuzi Boutique Hotel for their sponsorship of our official Vet Books for Africa cycle jerseys- they look great 🙂 Go like their facebook pages 🙂 !!

And last but not least, the team is looking forward to yet another PETS Spayathon this Saturday in Lenasia- bring on the dogs 🙂

Countdown to the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge begins!

Exciting news, we have our official 20 man team for the Momentum 94.7 cycle challenge so we will most definitely be getting the word of our cause out there on the day 🙂 We are still looking for more riders so if any of you are …competing or know some friends/family that are please ride for our cause 🙂
We must send out a huge thank you to Isuzu South AfricaHill’s Pet Nutrition South Africa and Umthunzi Boutique Hotel for their sponsorship of the Vet Books for Africa cycling jersey’s that our riders will be racing in 🙂
Umthunzi has also generously agreed to donate R2 to Vet Books for every like they get on their facebook page so please all go visit and like their page and help us raise some funds 🙂
Exciting days ahead 🙂

PETS August Spayathon

The team spent a long yet rewarding day working together with PETS ( , all its volunteers and the veterinarians on duty in Orange Farm, Lenasia on Saturday 3 August.
Starting at 7 that morning we unpacked all the donations, laid out the tables for the deworming and vaccination stations and prepped the operating room. The day proved to be both tough and tiring, yet rewarding and inspiring to see just how many people from the community participated.
It’s always tough to see the conditions of life in communities such as Orange Farm, but it was amazing to see that-much to popular belief- many pet owners are not negligible and cruel, but caring and truly concerned for the welfare of their pets. We saw over 250 dogs (and even some cats) that were vaccinated and dewormed, and the vets managed approximately 40 sterilization procedures.
A truly amazing experience  and a very meaningful project to have been involved with!

Dodging in support of Vet Books for Africa

On Wednesday, 24 July, Vet Books held their very first Dodegball event at Onderstepoort.

The day was a great success with 17 participating teams and even more spectators. It was amazing to see the kind of support we have from the students at OP and we look forward to hosting an even bigger Dodegball day next year!!

A big thank you to all those that got involved and showed their support and a HUGE thank you to Hills Pet Nutrition and Red Bull for their sponsorship of some fantastic prizes that we were able to provide several teams at the event!

We look forward to next year =)

Roots & Shoots Kenya, here we come!

A great partnership has been formed with Roots & Shoots Kenya, an initiative of the Jane Goodall Institute. We will be visiting them on our trip and working together with the Chief Veterinary Officer, Dean of the Veterinary Faculty, the Kenya Veterinary Association and Kenya Wildlife Services (the doctor of whom is a past OP student and University alumni member themselves =D)! Our involvement with them will take us to the local Maasai Mara community lands where we will partner up with volunteer students from the faculty and aid with vaccination programs of the livestock and domestic pets in the area!
An amazing opportunity has presented itself and we feel that much closer to achieving our goal of international cooperation  with veterinary faculties across Africa.

Exciting upcoming events!

Vet Books for Africa is entering a team to ride in this years Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge! (

If any of you are avid cyclists we invite you to join our team. Your participation will go towards raising funds for Vet Books for Africa. You don’t have to be a professional cyclist to compete- the cycle race is known for it’s participation of cyclists of all levels and ages. Anyone and everyone is welcome to ride for our cause!

Contact Kelsey Skinner on for more information.

Bryanston High School Annual Charity Golf Day! (

Bryanston High in Johannesburg has agreed to run this event in support of Vet Books for Africa. A portion of the day’s profits will be donated to our project. The Golf Day will be held on 19 September 2013 at Leeuwkop Country Club. To any golfers out there, this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a day on the golf course with some great prizes up for grabs, all for a good cause.

Contact any of the committee members for information on how to enter teams to play on the day!

We have a new 2014 committee

Congratulations to the new committee members!!!!

We know these next two years will prove to be both challenging and rewarding at the same time. We are all very honoured to have been chosen for such a prestigious adventure and will do our utmost to uphold the great standards set by the previous committees.

(to view the details of the new committee members click on the “about” link)

Charity Wishlists

Alongside visiting the veterinary libraries during our outreach, the Vet Books for Africa team would also be stopping by a number of charities, donating time as well as some items of need!

Reaching out to Schools and Charities is part of our mission

 Below is a compilation of the wish lists of those charities- Should you like to make a contribution of any of these items for us to deliver through, it will certainly make a great difference!

 The charities we plan to visit are:

 The KSPCA (Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals)
Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust
Wildlife Action Group
LSPCA (Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals)
Mamoli Mission Mozambique
AWARE (Animal and Wildlife Area Research and Rehabilitation)
Tanzania Animal Welfare Society


  •  Dog toys
  • Cat toys
  • Bedding for cats/dogs
  • Treats for cats/dogs
  • Blankets
  • Collars and leads
  • Water and food bowls for cats/dogs
  • Pencil cases
  • Pen
  • Erasers
  • Rulers
  • Sharpeners
  • Colour pencils
  • Deflated footballs
  • World maps
  • Guide books (trees, mammals, birds, reptiles)
  • Binoculars
  • School bags
  • Quality clothes/shoes (age 5 – adult)


  • Sleeping bags
  • Battery chargers
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • External hard drives
  • GPS
  • Army hats
  • Backpacks (brown)
  • Torches


  • Cutlery
  • Crockery
  • Cooking utensils
  • Pots and Pans
  • Mosquito nets
  • Fitted and flat single sheets
  • Blankets
  • Pillow cases
  • First aid kit
  • Fishing equipment (reel / wire)
  • Beads
  • Colouring books
  • Paint brushes
  • Art paints
  • Colouring pencils
  • Lego
  • Educational toys


  • Centrifuge
  • Blood testing equipment
  • Microhaematocrit reader
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Otoscope
  • Refractometer
  • TB Hauptner calipers


All you need to do is simply drop off said item into a donation box which can be found:

1. At the library of the Arnold Theiler building

2. In front of room 829, Old Res building of the Onderstepoort Residence (Ben Muller)

3. In front of room B2-146 of the Onderstepoort Residence (Jacqui Stafford)

Or contact us at:

Ashleigh Knowles 072 157 5522

Ben Muller 073 280 7875

Jacqui Stafford 082 744 8763

The Vet Books for Africa Team would like to take this opportunity to thank all students and faculty members for all contributions, big and small, thus far in ensuring the success of our outreach. Our anticipated date of departure is the 29th of October 2012.

Partnering with The Silent Heroes Foundation

Vet Books for Africa has recently gained the support of the Silent Heroes Foundation, whom has graciously made us one of the many sponsored projects of 2012. They will be contributing to the provision of veterinary textbooks and educational materials which will be distributed throughout the veterinary faculties of Southern Africa.

Silent Heroes Foundation is a small grassroots foundation whose aim is to provide their sponsored projects with some of the various supplies needed to continue their work in the field of wildlife conservation and veterinary medicine. SHF currently supports 11 projects in 8 African countries, and focuses on a One Health perspective, taking into consideration the importance of supporting a variety of health projects throughout the region.

Besides that, SHF and VBFA also share a common vision, in our reaching out to veterinary universities across Africa to enhance veterinary education. They have successfully forged partnerships with Makerere University in Uganda as well as with Umutara University in Rwanda, and have been looking for opportunities to spread their support. Our hope is that through this joint venture, much more study material would reach the universities throughout Southern Africa than previously managed.

The VBFA 2011/2012 committee would like to take this opportunity to again say a big THANK YOU to SHF for your making us one of your 2012 projects. We truly appreciate it and look forward to a long term collaborative effort with you!

For more information about the good work that SHF does, visit their website at