Protecting the Integrity of Vets


vetPROTECT is an initiative of the South African Veterinary Association (SAVA) as a service to its members. It is a comprehensive insurance product designed specifically for veterinarians, with a primary focus on veterinary malpractice, professional indemnity (PI) and public liability (PL) insurance. The aim of the vetPROTECT product is to provide superior, competitively priced insurance cover to protect vets, their practices and their employees against the financial risk of future events that may occur or even, in certain circumstances, past events that may have occurred. defence is provided for claims against vets at the South African Council (SAVC) as well as for civil litigation.

More than 80 veterinary practices country wide have taken advantage of the discounts and excellent benefits offered by vetPROTECT and SAVA invites you to investigate the transparent and fair cover available to our members.

For more information with no obligation you can contact Leonie Delgado the dedicated

vetPROTECT broker on 0861 838 776 (VETPRO) and get a competitive quote today. Alternatively download a proposal form to obtain a quotation.  Remember! SAVA members can get up to a 7.5% discount on premiums.

vetPROTECT – “Protecting the Integrity of Vets!”


Vet Protect: Dr Tod’s a-moo-sing postscript

Just like the most famous exponent of his industry, veterinarian and author James Herriot, you just can’t keep the irrepressible vet Dr Tod Collins down.

We first met the good animal doctor from the Underberg last month, when he penned a tongue-in-cheek letter to his insurance broker, Leonie Delgado, “decrying” the Hollard- and Vet Protect-branded freebie he’d been given at the South African Veterinary Association’s 8th Veterinary and Paraveterinary Congress.

He’d been wearing the Vet Protect surgical cap faithfully since then, he claimed, but it had done little in the way of protection. He wrote:

“My nose is burnt horribly in the ultraviolet rugged high altitude sunshine – because it doesn’t have a peak.

“My ears are turning black from frostbite because it doesn’t have woollen ear covers and these mornings have been freeezing.

“My throat is sloughing great slabs of muck because it doesn’t have a sachet of brandy in the flap on the back, with a tube coming round to my lips to stave off the dehydration.

“My lips are bleeding because, well … because I was kissed so violently on my birthday at the congress and the doek doesn’t have built-in lip cream.

“I trust you will get Gucci or whoever to design an adequate doek soon.”

Now, we’ve received another rib-tickler from Dr Collins, in the form of an email with the subject line “Vet-protecting!?”, and containing a photograph of himself with one of his patients – a calf, wearing that Vet Protect cap …

We love the pic, Doc – and we’re curious to know if the calf’s assessment of the cap is in any way similar to yours!



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Hollard Liabilities sponsors Vetprotect event – Hollard Broker Zone

Hollard Liabilities sponsors Vetprotect event

Hollard’s Vets Professional Indemnity and Medical Malpractice Liability product – Vetprotect – recently sponsored and delivered a talk to nearly 50 prospective vets.

Sponsorship of the event was a collaboration between Leonie Delgado Platinum Portfolios, the exclusive broker for Vetprotect, and Onderstepoort – the veterinary academic hospital – where the talk was held.

The event was aimed at grade 11 and 12 learners countrywide with the potential to become veterinary students and attendees were from different backgrounds.

Insurance was not the only focus of the event as delegates were taken around the facility, shown the ins and outs of the study requirements and given the necessary information on what it takes to be a vet in modern South Africa.

Leonie Delgado also delivered a talk on the liability exposure vets face on a daily basis – from incorrect diagnosis, error and omissions in treating animals, slip and trip procedures when third parties are on their premises and how the VetProtect product can be viewed as an all-encompassing safety net for liability insurance.

One of the main points of Delgado’s talk was the various claim scenarios that Hollard has seen over the past seven years. Claims have ranged from parrots being improperly supervised while under the vet’s care and horses being misdiagnosed to vets being sued for administering the incorrect dosage of anaesthesia and the unfortunate resultant death of the animals.

Delgado also discussed how Hollard is able to assist insured vets when third parties lodge formal complaints with the relevant governing bodies.

Overall, the sponsorship by Hollard and the presentation by Delgado was well-received by the delegates and the feedback was very positive.

Etana Insurance Company Limited (“Etana”) and The Hollard Insurance Company Limited (“Hollard”) have entered into an agreement (“Agreement”) pursuant to which all Etana insurance policies will be transferred to Hollard. Read more about the Etana / Hollard Merger.