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.
Energetics gives new insight into the decline of cheetahs - 18/11/2014
An acclaimed international study looking into new reasons behind the dwindling numbers of cheetah in southern Africa had its inception at the University of Pretoria. Before this study, it was commonly thought that cheetah numbers were declining partly as a result of larger predators stealing their prey, thus lessening the availability of food and forcing them to expend more energy in search of food. However, a recent study offers new insight into why cheetahs may become vulnerable with regard to their energy levels, which could affect their general health and well-being and result in their ultimate decline.
Pioneering publication by UP academic - 18/11/2014
Prof Alois Mlambo, Head of the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies, recently launched his latest book, which was well received by academics, critics and readers. Entitled A history of Zimbabwe, the book is the first concise, single-volume history of Zimbabwe and provides an accessible and comprehensive synthesis of that country’s lived experience from the pre-colonial and colonial periods to recent times in independent Zimbabwe.
UP researcher finds ways to improve the well-being of wildlife - 07/11/2014
Although wild animals have been captured and chemically immobilised for years (by using a form of anaesthesia induced by drugs in a dart), very little is known about the short- and long-term consequences of capture and the effects of immobilising drugs on wild animals. Dr Leith Meyer, Veterinary Sciences Pharmacology researcher at the University of Pretoria, is committed to finding solutions to improve the well-being of wild animals. The results of his research will help wildlife veterinarians and other conservation practitioners to ensure that the best methods of capture are practised and optimal immobilising drug cocktails and treatments are used.
Giving the defenceless a voice in court - 06/11/2014
Crimes committed against people with developmental and other disabilities are similar in scope to crimes committed against women, children and the elderly, and yet the victimisation of people with disabilities remains largely unaddressed. This can be ascribed to their being perceived as voiceless and invisible members of society – a perception that makes them attractive targets for their perpetrators because they often believe that their victims will not be able to testify against them in court. Three large-scale research studies are currently under way at the University of Pretoria (UP) to change this situation.
Dr Johan van Zyl named Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year - 05/11/2014
Dr Johan van Zyl, former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria and one of the University’s most distinguished alumni, was named Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year at a ceremony at the Sandton Convention Centre on Tuesday night, 28 October. The Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year award is a prestigious accolade bestowed on recipients voted for by executives of the top 100 companies of the previous year.