Clinical Pathology Section Research

We are actively involved in, or lead several research projects and supervise a number of postgraduate students. Our research projects are aligned with the Faculty’s research strategy. Many of these projects also fall under the Departmental research themes of host response in infectious disease and oncology. Several academic staff in the section are also affiliates of the Centre for Veterinary Wildlife Research, with research focussed on clinical pathology in the context of conservation medicine and animal welfare. 

Meet the researchers

Prof Emma Hooijberg

BVSc, PhD, DipECVCP
Section Head
Associate Professor: Clinical Pathology

Tel: +27(0) 12 529 8445
Email: [email protected]
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-4367-799X

Prof Hooijberg’s main research interests are focussed on conservation medicine, acute phase reactants and laboratory quality assurance. Former and current projects include the development of reference intervals and investigation of the acute phase response in vulnerable wildlife species and characterisation of the stress response and other physiological changes in white rhinoceros undergoing chemical immobilization and transportation. She is also currently leading or is involved in studies into cardiac troponin in rhinoceros, diseases of black-footed cats, acute phase proteins in domestic cats and lions, physiological responses in immobilized giraffe, and inflammatory and haemostatic changes in African Horse Sickness. Prof Hooijberg is a member of the ASVCP Quality Assurance and Laboratory Standards Committee and has co-authored several guidelines and general articles with this group.


Prof Amelia Goddard

BVSc, BVSc(Hons), MMedVet, PhD
Professor: Clinical Pathology

Tel: +27(0) 12 529 8293
Email: [email protected]
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-8415-4802

Prof Goddard’s main research focus is on the complex interaction and interdependence between the inflammatory and haemostatic systems in systemic inflammation, using various animal models such as canine babesiosis, canine parvovirus enteritis, canine spirocercosis, snake envenomation and African horse sickness. The main objective of her research is to expand on current knowledge on the host response in systemic inflammation, specifically its effect on haemostasis. It has resulted in the identification of various biomarkers that may assist with prognostication in systemic inflammatory conditions. Prof Goddard has also been involved in several wildlife projects, specifically the validation of various assays for use in wildlife and creation of normal reference intervals. In addition, she has also investigating changes of acute phase proteins in various wildlife species. 


Dr Yolandi Rautenbach

BVSc, BVSc(Hons), MMedVet(CLD), DipECVCP
Senior Lecturer: Clinical Pathology

Tel: +27(0) 12 529 8458
Email: [email protected]
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-9798-1874

Dr Rautenbach’s primary research focusses include conservation medicine in wildlife species and investigation into the immunopathology of infectious diseases. The main objective of her research is to expand on current knowledge of capture myopathy, particularly potential cardiomyopathy in African rhinoceroses and also on the host response in systemic inflammation. Dr Rautenbach is also involved in method validation projects, investigations into the utilisation of acute phase proteins as biomarkers for early disease detection, and has an interest in developing liquid-biopsy assays tailored to specific neoplastic conditions veterinary species.  


Dr Tessa Morris

BVSc, PGDip
Cinical Assistant: Clinical Pathology

Tel: +27(0) 12 529 8491
Email: [email protected]

Dr Morris is a clinical pathology resident, and is researching serum amyloid A in African lions.


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