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.
UP awarded status as MRC collaborative centre for malaria research - 30/10/2014
The Medical Research Council (MRC) invited higher education institutions, science councils and registered non-profit research organisations in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to submit applications to become part of their new initiative, MRC Collaborating Centres for Malaria Research. The University of Pretoria’s Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP CSMC) recently received word that their application has been successful. The network of MRC collaborating centres for malaria research will collectively provide a multidisciplinary approach to malaria research; synergise efforts on malaria research to achieve common goals; and facilitate scientific collaboration among malaria researchers in Southern Africa.
Breast cancer is not a death sentence - 29/10/2014
In South Africa, one in 29 women is diagnosed with breast cancer each year. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many do not take the necessary steps to detect the disease in its early stages and to encourage others to do the same. Most of us dread ever hearing the words, “You have cancer”, because this disease is sure to have a significant impact on all areas of a person’s life. Ms Jonita van Wyk, who graduated earlier this year with a master’s degree in Social Work (Health Care) in the Department of Social Work and Criminology at the University of Pretoria (UP), conducted research on the social functioning of women with breast cancer, under the supervision of Dr Charlene Carbonatto.
UP’s Exceptional Young Researcher of 2014 delivers findings to an international audience - 23/10/2014
Prof Darryn Knobel is providing great insight into the control and foreseeable elimination of rabies. He recently presented his work at the 39th World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Congress held in Cape Town. Prof Knobel leads UP’s Faculty of Veterinary Science’s research group on dog population ecology and rabies epidemiology, which studies the ecology of owned, free-roaming dog populations in resource-constrained communities, particularly at wildlife interfaces. The group's aim is to better understand the interactions between dog population dynamics and rabies control, as well as other aspects of dog health and welfare.