The Department of Anatomy consists of the Section of Anatomy, Section of Physiology and the Electron-Microscopy Unit.
The Anatomy Section is responsible for teaching undergraduate- and postgraduate anatomy and histology to Veterinary Science and nursing students. Comparative anatomy of the canine, equine, ruminants and birds are presented to under graduate students. MSc and PhD programmes in Veterinary Anatomy are presented by the department. Various postgraduate anatomy modules are also presented to students registered for the specialist MMedVet degree. The main focus of research in the section is on the anatomy of wild animals and the reproductive biology of birds and mammals.
The Physiology Section is involved in teaching and research in basic and applied physiology. The object of this module is the study of integrated body system functions and their responses in clinical situations. Postgraduate modules are offered in the pathophysiology of clinical conditions. Research areas are focused on endocrinology, cell surface receptors that regulate angiogenesis and angiogenic cytokines and growth factors. Specialized laboratories include the Endocrine Research Laboratory and the Angiogenesis laboratory.
The Electron Microscope Unit provides a quality diagnostic service, research support and training in all aspects of electron microscopy to the veterinary community.
Castle Lager, Mark Boucher and the Veterinary Genetics Lab put rhinos in safe hands - 19/09/2014
Cricket icon Mark Boucher is not only a champion sportsman, but also someone who is committed to playing his part to protect rhinos from extinction. After retiring from cricket, he partnered with Castle Lager to set up the Castle Lager Boucher Legacy – Rhino in Safe Hands. Boucher chose to specifically support UP’s Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) and aims to raise enough money to register all South Africa’s rhinos onto the DNA database of the VGL, known as RhODIS.
Unlocking the secrets of lightning - 19/09/2014
In South Africa, approximately 80 to 100 people die each year as a result of lightning strikes, and approximately seven times as many people are struck and survive. Dr Ryan Blumenthal, a senior specialist in the Department of Forensic Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria, has spent over ten years researching the effects of lightning on the human and the animal body and is very knowledgeable on the risks associated with this capricious and unpredictable natural phenomenon.