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Centre for Veterinary Wildlife Studies

Centre for Veterinary Wildlife Studies (CVWS)

The Centre for Veterinary Wildlife Studies (CVWS) coordinates training, research, and services focussed on wildlife and livestock diseases at the interface with emphasis on transboundary animal diseases and zoonoses. It strives to support conservation and game ranching as a land-use option for the sustainable provision of ecosystem services.

Great emphasis is placed internationally on the sustainability of biodiversity. Africa contains some of the most unique and still abundant wildlife species that support a major portion of ecotourism that is becoming one of the main drivers of development on the continent. To sustain this unique feature and to deal successfully with expectations of the wildlife sector pertaining to veterinary science, the Centre, comprising a cluster of human resources with expertise in various relevant disciplines and with adequate support staff, has been established within the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria.
 
Wildlife does not exist in isolation. It is inextricably linked to the health and welfare of society, and domesticated animals at their interface, and related issues further afield. Veterinarians are an integral part of a team of experts from various disciplines required to achieve the goal of maintaining and utilizing Africa's wildlife. The Centre strongly emphasises national and international networking, especially with other professions and related disciplines. It functions in association with other relevant units, centres, and institutes of the University of Pretoria.
 
By participating in intensive networking, the Centre, within the context of Veterinary Science, will identify the problems, research options, and propose solutions that must contribute to a viable, healthy wildlife industry and conservation in Africa. By addressing these needs it will assist conservation and the wildlife industry to contribute to the long-term sustainable development of the continent.
 

 
 

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Sedibeng Water and UP - 15/09/2014
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Prof Stella Nkomo receives special recognition award from the National Research Foundation (NRF) - 12/09/2014
Professor Stella Nkomo, Deputy Dean for Research and Post-Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria, has been granted the NRF award 'Champion of Research Capacity Development at South African Higher Education Institutions' for 2014.
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UP Professors receive A-rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF) - 12/09/2014
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UP to collaborate on project to address hunger and undernutrition - 12/09/2014
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Dean of Education elected as Vice-Chair of SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns - 11/09/2014
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