Welcome to the Department of Paraclinical Sciences
The Department of Paraclinical Sciences is one of five academic departments of the Faculty of Veterinary Science. The Department was formed in May 2001 following restructuring at the Faculty. The Department comprises four sections representing the primary disciplines of Pathology, Pharmacology, Toxicology and Veterinary Public Health. The Phytomedicine programme is also hosted in the Department. While each individual section is responsible for the maintenance and development of their respective disciplines, they function as a unit in pursuing the Departmental mission.
Apart from the Department’s extensive teaching commitments and research functions it also provides an extensive diagnostic service in pathology. Within the Section of Pathology there is a reference laboratory to which cases are referred for both macroscopic and histopathological evaluation. In addition, the laboratory also renders a diagnostic immunohistochemistry service.
The Department also plays a leading role in the support of several government departments in aspects of veterinary disease control, the evaluation for authorisation of veterinary drug registration and other related matters in South Africa.
The Department focuses on the veterinary related aspects of food safety and public health. Veterinary Public Health is regarded as contributing to the complete physical, mental and social well-being of humans through an understanding and application of veterinary science within a multidisciplinary team.
The Section of Pharmacology and Toxicology also serves as an information centre for veterinary drugs and animal poisonings.
TuksGolf Training Centre officially opened at the University of Pretoria - 17/05/2013
The University of Pretoria prides itself on its publicly recognised achievements pertaining to its various sporting fraternities. These achievements can be attributed to the University’s sporting facilities, which are of the highest quality among South African universities. To add to its quality achievements, the University of Pretoria, through TuksSport and the High Performance Centre (hpc), has now officially opened a golf training centre.
South African law professor to report to the United Nations on Lethal Robots - 16/05/2013
South African human rights law professor, Christof Heyns, will submit a widely anticipated report on Lethal Autonomous Robots (LARs) to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on 29 May 2013.
Prof Heyns, from the University of Pretoria (UP), was appointed as UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions in 2010. During last year, he conducted worldwide research on the question whether states should be allowed to use LARs - weapons that, once deployed, can use lethal force without further human intervention - during war, or peace.