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Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases

Second Southern African Student Symposium on One Health concepts

By Dr Kgomotso Sibeko

Posted on 17 February 2012

Organised by the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
16 Sept 2012 - 18 Sept 2012

In 2009, the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases of the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria hosted the first Southern African Student Symposium with specific focus on Veterinary Tropical Diseases.

The success of this symposium resulted in organisers opening the invitation for the second student symposium to a broader audience in different fields of Veterinary Science, for the benefit of more postgraduate students from the southern African region.

The second Southern African Student Symposium will be focusing on the One Health initiative with emphasis on animal health challenges in the Southern African region. The objectives of the symposium will be to facilitate cross-pollination of ideas, encourage networking and the building of active regional teams amongst young scientists. The symposium will be in the form of a scientific meeting coalesced with team-building activities and exhilarating social events.

The format of the programme will be interactive, allowing all students to participate by presenting their work, chairing a session and/or leading thematic discussion topics. Seasoned scientists with an international standing will be invited to “ignite fires”, present keynote topics and to offer mentorship and leadership to the young group through sharing their lifelong experiences.

It is envisaged that after the two days of the symposium, awareness will have been created of ongoing graduate research activities in Veterinary Science promoting the One Health concepts, scientific relationships will have been created or renewed and participatory regional collaboration will have been strengthened by working teams.

The conference will take place between 16 and 18 September 2012 and will focus specifically on students embarking on their postgraduate studies in the field of Veterinary Science. The programme format will allow for students to:

  • Share and exchange knowledge amongst young scientists in the sub-region: it is envisaged that students across borders will take the interaction beyond the symposium through electronic networking or a potential regional Southern African Veterinary Students Association.
  • The symposium will offer postgraduate students a regional platform to exchange scientific knowledge, discuss their future research and interesting research findings.
  • Establish and strengthen existing partnerships and facilitate new relationships for professional development, education and research through networking and collaboration.

For additional information regarding the symposium please do not hesitate to contact Kgomotso Sibeko or Tshepo Matjila (

Your support in this initiative will be highly appreciated.

NB: This symposium is ONLY open to research-based MSc and PhD postgraduate students.

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