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Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Services

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT

Aquaglobal Veterinary Consulting (Pty) Ltd, an all aquatic (mobile) veterinary practice targeting the ornamental fish industry and the aquaculture industry in Southern Africa.

The practice and base facility will be based in Durban, South Africa.

THE BACKGROUND

In South Africa, aquaculture is identified as a key priority sector to develop due to its potential to supplement declining wild-caught fishery stocks with farmed fishery products.

Worldwide fish stock from the wild is insufficient due to overexploitation & pollution of natural waters. Veterinary expertise in aquatic animal health is limited in Southern Africa.

There is an ongoing threat of disease due to international trade in live aquatic animals or high-risk products of aquatic animal origin, poor biosecurity, intensive production systems & associated drivers of disease, etc.

The impact of disease on production & the economy is significant emphasizing the need for aquatic vet services. There are 36 marine and 193 freshwater farms in SA.

Tilapia sampling

Tilapia aquaculture farm

Tilapia juvenile sea cage farming

THE PLAN

Need a fish vet?....we are just one call away and we don't just treat fish but all things aquatic. This is where aquatic animals and medicine meet. Consults can be done telephonically, via Skype, or onsite!

Clinical services offered include on-farm biosecurity audits, drafting of farm-specific biosecurity programmes, herd health surveillance and general stock inspections, provision of necessary health guarantees for health certification, disease outbreak investigations, ornamental fish health inspections, education, capacitation and welfare in rural communities.

Non-clinical services include independent risk assessment services for the movement of aquatic animals or products or aquatic animal origin, diagnostic services, research support, and an online vet shop.

The practice has been registered with CIPCΒ  and SARS. I have tax clearance for the business. A business plan with 5-year financial projections has been completed.

The business has not officially started since I still need to secure premises and apply for a practice number with the South African Veterinary Council before I can practice.

I am currently investigating potential leads or clients in the interim period whilst I am seeking financial assistance.

MILESTONES:

  • YEAR 1: establish the mobile clinic and basicΒ operational systems including administrative support and an online vet shop.
  • YEAR 2: hire a full staff complement including a vet technician andΒ vet nurse. Aim to establish a minimum of 50 returning clients per annum. Establish collaborations with research institutions.
  • YEAR 3 (onwards): aim to achieve a minimum ofΒ 5-6 consultations/day (ornamental fish) and aΒ minimumΒ ~5 aquaculture consultations/month. Establish commercially relevant diagnostic services.

YOUR REWARDS

  • Reward #1 = Pledge R300
    • Aquatic-themed Products with company logo!
    • Including clothing (caps, t-shirts), mugs, key chains, snow globe, adult colouring book, stationery, say no to plastic carrier bag - all with an aquatic theme!Β The number and type of products included will be valued to R300!
  • Reward #2 = Pledge R500
    • Aquatic-themed Products with company logo + YOUR 15-minute consultation!
    • Including clothing (caps, t-shirts), mugs, key chains, snow globe, adult colouring book, stationery, say no to plastic carrier bag - all with an aquatic theme! The number and type of products included will be valued to R500! The consult offered = telephonic or Skype for maximum 15 minutes!
  • Reward #3 = Pledge R500
    • Aquatic-themed Products with company logo + YOUR 15-minute consultation!
    • Including clothing (caps, t-shirts), mugs, key chains, snow globe, adult colouring book, stationery, say no to plastic carrier bag - all with an aquatic theme! The number and type of products included will be valued to R800! The consult offered = telephonic or Skype for maximum 15 minutes!

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Project FAQ

Who am I?

  • I amΒ  Dr Sasha Saugh, a 33-year-old aquatic veterinarian from Durban, South Africa.
  • I enjoy traveling and learning about different cultures; reading; theatre; ocean adventures; and bible studies.
  • I believe that one should pursue one's passions and dreams with relentless perseverance but at the same time with humility.

Where are we based?

  • Aquaglobal Veterinary Consulting (Pty) Ltd, an all aquatic (mobile) veterinary practice targeting the ornamental fish industry and the aquaculture industry in Southern Africa.
  • The practice and base facility will be based in Durban, South Africa.

Why Crowdfunding?

  • It is challenging finding funds for a start-up business in South Africa and I am appealing to kind-hearted individuals to participate in this process to get my practice up and running.
  • It takes a village to make great things happen and each and every person that contributes will form part of the success of this practice!

What is the plan once 100% funding is received?

  • The practice has targeted milestones outlined above which the funding will be used for.
  • Establishing the practice and its operations requires a mobile unit, some equipment (e.g. microscopes, water quality testing equipment, microhaematocrit centrifuge, ultrasound, anaesthetic circuit, computer, etc) and consumables (e.g. water quality test kits, microscope consumables, drugs, chemicals, etc), furniture (e.g. office chairs and desks, surgery table, examination table, etc.).
  • Establishing a good clientele base requires marketing for which funding will also be used (e.g. website development, flyers, marketing merchandise, awareness programmes, etc.

Drawing blood from a seal in the USA (as part of training)