Clinical Pathology Section and Laboratory

Welcome to the Section of Clinical Pathology​. 
Our laboratory offers high-quality, state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and consultation services – situated in the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital (OVAH).


Who can make use of our laboratory services?
  • OVAH clinicians 
  • Internal and external researchers
  • Private practitioners

We provide a comprehensive, timely and accurate veterinary laboratory testing service covering the areas of haematology, clinical chemistry, haemostasis, cytology and urinalysis.

Veterinary education

Our academic personnel are involved in undergraduate and postgraduate training, as well as continuing education for practitioners. Our teaching model includes hybrid and case-based learning, practicals and small-group teaching. We offer a residency training programme (MMedVet), approved by the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology.


Staff in the section are involved in, or lead several of their own research projects. We also support both internal (UP) and external researchers with planning and analysis of clinical pathology components of their research projects, as well as assist with Section 20 permit applications.

Contact details

Laboratory reception: +27(0) 12 529 8199

Control technologist: Mrs Carien Muller
Email: [email protected]

Section Head: Prof Emma Hooijberg
Email: [email protected]

Dr Yolandi Rautenbach: [email protected]


Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital (OVAH)
OVAH Building 3-11
University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort Campus
Old Soutpan Road (M35)
Onderstepoort, Pretoria
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