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.
Castle Lager, Mark Boucher and the Veterinary Genetics Lab put rhinos in safe hands - 19/09/2014
Cricket icon Mark Boucher is not only a champion sportsman, but also someone who is committed to playing his part to protect rhinos from extinction. After retiring from cricket, he partnered with Castle Lager to set up the Castle Lager Boucher Legacy – Rhino in Safe Hands. Boucher chose to specifically support UP’s Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) and aims to raise enough money to register all South Africa’s rhinos onto the DNA database of the VGL, known as RhODIS.
Unlocking the secrets of lightning - 19/09/2014
In South Africa, approximately 80 to 100 people die each year as a result of lightning strikes, and approximately seven times as many people are struck and survive. Dr Ryan Blumenthal, a senior specialist in the Department of Forensic Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria, has spent over ten years researching the effects of lightning on the human and the animal body and is very knowledgeable on the risks associated with this capricious and unpredictable natural phenomenon.