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Deputy Dean: Research and Postgraduate Studies

Prof Vinny Naidoo


Welcome to the University of Pretoria, one of the country's biggest universities, and the home of veterinary education in South Africa. I also take this opportunity to congratulate you on making the important decision to study further to better yourself. While it may not be as obvious, with UP's objective of being to meet the needs of Africa through research, your interest in postgraduate studies is an important step in supporting the growth and development of our continent.

When you arrive in South Africa, you will soon have to make your way from the OR Tambo airport to your new home at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Onderstepoort. The Onderstepoort Campus of the UP is dedicated to veterinary education and is situated about 20 km from the Hatfield Campus. You will find our campus to be modern, spacious and welcoming. To help you settle in, a guide is been put together to introduce you to postgraduate processes of the faculty and will be posted to the website soon. It will contain the information you will need to make our campus your home while you are studying towards your postgraduate degree.

I wish you the best in your future studies

Prof Vinasan (Vinny) Naidoo was appointed as new Deputy Dean: Research and Postgraduate Studies of the Faculty with effect from 1 August 2015.

Prof Naidoo obtained a BVMCh degree at Medunsa, and an MSc degree and PhD degree at the University of Pretoria. He is also a registered specialist veterinary pharmacologist with the South   African Veterinary Council (SAVC). He commenced his career as a lecturer in Veterinary Pharmacology in the Department of Paraclinical Sciences in 2002 in the Faculty, where he progressed to associate professor and then professor and Director of UP's Biomedical Research Centre (UPBRC). 

Among other things, he was elected as an Exceptional Young Researcher of the University in 2009, and as Young  Researcher of the Year in the Faculty in 2007 and Researcher of the Year in the Faculty in both 2009 and 2013. Prof Naidoo has been serving as an expert committee member of the Medicines Control Council (MCC) since 2003, and has been a full member of the Council since 2010. He also serves as Chairperson of the Educational Committee of  the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) and is the Chairperson of the Board of VulPro (Vulture Programme).

Prof Naidoo has supervised a large number of master's and doctoral degree students to completion. He has published extensively,both in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. 


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