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Centre for Veterinary Wildlife Studies

Teaching Activities

The Centre for Veterinary Wildlife Studies does not have academic status. The various degrees offered in wildlife are the responsibility of the Departments in the Faculty housing the disciplines.
For specific details about the fields of study and opportunities for postgraduate students, please contact the Head of the relevant Department in which the discipline is dealt with; relevant details can also be found if you click on Research. Further queries can be forwarded to the Director of the Centre for Veterinary Wildlife Studies, Dr Richard Burroughs at

Staff members of the Centre nevertheless participate in teaching activities of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. They coordinate the undergraduate elective in Wildlife, Ostrich and Crocodile Health (WOC610) and participate in the undergraduate elective in Cage birds and fish diseases (CBF610). They also participate in postgraduate modules in the BVSc (Honours) and course work MSc (Veterinary Tropical Diseases) programmes, as well as the MSc (Veterinary Science) and PhD programmes of the academic departments.

The Masters programme for veterinarians (MMedVet)(Fer) which is recognised by the South Arfrican Veterinary Council (SAVC) for registration as a specialist veterinary wildlife practitioner, is coordinated by members of the Centre on behalf of the Department of Production Animal Studies.
It offers broad-based, in-depth, specialist training in African veterinary wildlife. The programme emphasises the development of skills required, as a veterinary specialist in wildlife, to function as a member of a multidisciplinary team dealing with the health of ecological systems and management of wildlife populations
The programme provides a candidate with relevant training in:
o        Epidemiology
o        Identification and management of disease risks within systems
o        Interface issues
o        Ecology
o        Capture, transport, care, and management of free-ranging and captive animals
o        The control of diseases of wildlife
o        Basic research methods
o        Legislative and regulatory matters
o        The wildlife environment: national and international
For further information on the content of the programme, click here or contact Dr Richard Burroughs at 
Continuing education

CE @ UP presents the Wildlife Chemical Immobilisation Course. For more information, see the course brochure. For the enrolment form, please click here

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