The Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases (DVTD) is one of five departments in the Faculty of Veterinary Science. It was established in March 1993 when the Departments of Infectious Diseases and Parasitology were combined. It is a research-intensive department and has established itself as a leader in many areas, particularly those related to teaching and research in veterinary tropical animal health. It has successfully established collaborations with both local and international institutions and has experienced significant growth in the numbers of staff members, postgraduate students and research outputs.
The department currently has a staff complement of forty three, including seventeen academics, whose research interests cover a wide range of tropical animal diseases and One health issues. There are nine laboratories, including virology, molecular biology, serology, bacteriology, parasitology and student training laboratories.
The department offers three post-graduate degree programmes: a taught MSc (Animal-Human-Ecosystem health) that is wholly online and research MSc or PhD programmes. A comprehensive programme of short courses, from laboratory skills to animal health training, is also offered.