The DVTD has excelled in many fields since its inception in 1993 and it is crucial to sustain the activities of the Department at its current high level and to improve its performance, particularly in research.
Significant funding has been obtained from various external sources, both nationally and internationally. The DVTD has been particularly successful in obtaining financial support on the international front from a wide spectrum of agencies/institutions, which include the Belgian Development Cooperation Agency as part of the 5-year (2002-2007) and 6-year (2008-2013) agreements with the Department of Animal Health of the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium. The funds have been used to support research projects and postgraduate students, the presentation of skills-oriented modules for CPD, appointment of additional staff members as well as academic and professional development of staff.
The DVTD is one of the few establishments on the continent of Africa that has a comprehensive offering of postgraduate degree programmes (including a Master's degree in Veterinary Science and a PhD), and courses for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The Department subscribes to the mission of the University of Pretoria, which emphasizes educational innovation in its teaching and research programmes, and has therefore also developed a primarily web-based modular Master's degree in Veterinary Tropical Diseases. Some of the modules in this course can also be taken for CPD purposes.
Research projects in the Department are grouped in programmes under four main themes. In addition, there are a number of non-thematic, ad hoc projects, which are undertaken to address the specific needs of postgraduate students. Refer to the Research page for more information.
Audiovisual teaching materials in the field of Tropical Animal Health have been developed by the Department, primarily to support the web-based Master’s programme in Veterinary Tropical Diseases and CPD courses. These include videos, multimedia programmes and posters. For more information please go to the multimedia and other products page.
The study of tropical and subtropical infectious and parasitic diseases is enhanced and supported by the unique opportunities for co-operation in terms of facilities and expertise that are unequalled in Africa, and indeed, in most parts of the world, which are provided by the proximity of the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute (OVI).