About the Department

The Anatomy Section

The Anatomy Section is responsible for teaching undergraduate- and postgraduate macroscopical and microscopical anatomy to Veterinary Science and nursing students. The undergraduate teaching programme includes the VCA200 and VPH200 modules, presented to the BVSc II students, comparative anatomy of the canine, equine, ruminants and birds. MSc and PhD programmes in Veterinary Anatomy are presented in the department. Various postgraduate anatomy courses are also presented to students registered for the specialist MMedVet degree. The main focus of research in the department is on the anatomy of wild animals and the reproductive biology of birds and mammals.

The Physiology Section

The Veterinary Physiology Section is involved in teaching and research in basic and applied physiology. Basic animal physiology is presented in the VPH200 module presented to BVSc II students. Applied Physiology will shortly be presented during the clinical years. The object of this course will be the study of integrated body system functions and their responses in clinical situations.
The Section also presents a course in Physiology and Physiological Chemistry to the first-year DipVet student nurses. Post-grad courses are offered in the pathophysiology of clinical conditions and of capita selecta systems. Research areas are focused on metabolic adaptation of indigenous sheep and goats, water and electrolyte balance in sheep and nanotechnology.


Specialized laboratories include:

The Endocrine Research Laboratory (ERL)


The Electron Microscope Unit (EMU)


The Plastination Unit



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