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.
Limpopo’s tomato growers have to face up to climate change - 20/10/2014
Limpopo Province produces 66% of the total annual tonnage of tomatoes grown in South Africa. The province is also deemed particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change, partly because it is exposed to extreme weather events. A new study demonstrates the extent to which current climate change scenarios are likely to impact tomato production and proposes possible methods for farmers to mitigate the impact.
Walking the tightrope - 20/10/2014
Twenty first century organisations can be as large and powerful as countries, yet the communication and knowledge revolution has shrunk the planet and its people into a global village. These extremes of size and a shifting environment force organisations to walk a tightrope balancing people, planet and profit.
UP conducts validation trial for IDEXX’s new pregnancy test for cows - 17/10/2014
Improved pregnancy rates among cattle mean greater profitability for dairy and beef farmers. IDEXX, an international company dealing with diagnostic products in animal health, recently approached the University of Pretoria with a request to conduct a project to assist in devising reliable, cost-effective methods for diagnosing pregnancy in cattle. This led to the bovine pregnancy test validation trial, which is being conducted in the South African dairy industry.
IUFRO appoints Prof Mike Wingfield as new President - 14/10/2014
The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) announced the appointment of Prof Mike Wingfield as new President on 10 October 2014. IUFRO’s International Council elected him during a meeting at the 24th IUFRO World Congress, which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.