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.
First in-depth look at West Coast’s own Heaviside’s dolphins - 17/04/2014
All Heaviside’s dolphins found along southern Africa’s West Coast are related, and belong to one of two major populations. This is one of the findings of the first in-depth genetic study about this endemic dolphin species that is only found from Table Bay to southern Angola. The species may be sensitive to overharvesting by the hake fishing industry.
The world beyond 2015 – is higher education ready? - 17/04/2014
‘We are very good at communicating to a scholarly audience, but one of our challenges is how to transfer that information to a broader audience, in other words the general public. There is definitely room for us [universities] to do more of that.’ This was the response of Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), to one of the questions posed by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as part of a new international campaign.
Record number of post-graduate degrees for UP’s Class of 2013 - 16/04/2014
The Autumn 2014 graduation figures for the University of Pretoria (UP) confirm that the institution which last year was ranked among the Top 500 universities globally by the prestigious QS World Ranking of Universities, is on track to deliver on its vision of being a leading research-intensive university. A record 4214 post-graduate degrees are being awarded across its nine faculties and business school.
Prof Tiaan de Jager gives an African perspective on environmental issues in Geneva - 15/04/2014
Prof Tiaan de Jager, Deputy Dean: Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control, is an expert on the effect of the presence of pharmaceuticals in the environment in Africa. It was on account of this expertise that he was invited by the German Federal Government Environment Protection Agency and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to address them on the effect of pharmaceuticals on the environment in Africa.
Study asks for ban on 4x4s in protected areas - 15/04/2014
Soil damage caused by 4x4 vehicles is underestimated, long term – between 5 and 1000 years - and mostly irreversible. Due to their negative environmental impact, vehicles should not be allowed to do off-road driving in protected areas. Strict legal measures should be applied to regulate 4x4 use in such areas, while very sensitive areas such as wetland areas should be classified as absolute no-go areas.