The Anatomy Section is responsible for teaching undergraduate- and postgraduate macroscopical and microscopical anatomy to Veterinary Science and nursing students. The undergraduate teaching programme includes the VCA200 and VPH200 modules, presented to the BVSc II students, comparative anatomy of the canine, equine, ruminants and birds. MSc and PhD programmes in Veterinary Anatomy are presented in the department. Various postgraduate anatomy courses are also presented to students registered for the specialist MMedVet degree.
The main focus of research in the department is on the anatomy of wild animals and the reproductive biology of birds and mammals.
The Physiology Section
The Veterinary Physiology Section is involved in teaching and research in basic and applied physiology. Basic animal physiology is presented in the VPH200 module presented to BVSc II students.
Applied Physiology will shortly be presented during the clinical years. The object of this course will be the study of integrated body system functions and their responses in clinical situations.
The Section also presents a course in Physiology and Physiological Chemistry to the first-year DipVet student nurses.
Post-grad courses are offered in the pathophysiology of clinical conditions and of capita selecta systems.
Research areas are focused on metabolic adaptation of indigenous sheep and goats, water and electrolyte balance in sheep and nanotechnology.
Specialized laboratories include: The Endocrine Research Laboratory (ERL)
ERL addresses proximate and ultimate questions concerning regulative endocrine mechanisms which in combination with other factors, like disease or changes in the social or ecological set-up, influence and control animal behaviour.
Our main objectives are to develop and validate non-invasive techniques to monitor gonadal and adrenal endocrine function in various animal species, and by using these techniques, learn more about the basic principles of especially mammalian reproductive strategies and factors determining fertility and reproductive success. In this regard, we also aim to identify intrinsic and extrinsic factors which potentially influence the social and reproductive behaviour of animals and determine their potential as physiological stressor.
By often linking our main research approach with other disciplines like behavioural biology, veterinary science, or wildlife ecology, the information gained is not only be of scientific interest, but can also help to develop more effective strategies for improving the management and welfare of animals in zoological institutions as well as in the wild.
The Angiogenesis Laboratory seeks to unravel the mechanisms underlying vessel development under Physiological and Pathophysiological conditions, in particular cancer, cardiovascular disease and wound healing.
We focus on the following:
(i) Endothelial cell biology
(ii) Cell surface receptors that regulate angiogenesis
(iii) Angiogenic cytokines and growth factors
The Electron Microscope Unit (EMU)
The Electron Microscope Unit provides a quality diagnostic service, research support and training in all aspects of electron microscopy to the veterinary community.
Our focus areas include blood cell morphology, organ morphology and sperm morphology of various animal species, animal virus and parasitic identification, ultrastructural pathology and surface topographical studies.