South Africa offers a platform to conduct unique research of both local and international relevance. The Department of Paraclinical Sciences has selected several key areas that provide exciting opportunities to conduct novel and high-quality interdisciplinary research. The department focuses on the four research programmes listed below. These programmes fall within the research themes of the Faculty, however, with emphasis on aspects appropriate to the disciplines within the Department. Various research projects are already undertaken within each programme, each individually funded and with a defined outcome, the outcome achieved through one or more studies. All research projects will be the responsibility of academic members of staff and supports post-graduate training.
Wildlife and Environmental Health
This programme provides the scope for various projects within the different disciplines of the Department that concentrate on aspects of southern Africa’s unique wildlife species.
Primary Animal Health and Welfare in Developing Communities
The use of veterinary skills, knowledge and resources to improve and maintain animal and human health. Areas of research under this programme include the safety of food of animal origin, and the application of risk analysis as well as the development of small-scale farmers.
Phyto- and Ethnoveterinary Medicine
A wealth of traditional knowledge exists that, if integrated with current scientific knowledge, can be used to improve both human and animal health in communities in South Africa.
Economically Important Diseases of Livestock and Companion Animals
In this programme various important and re-emerging diseases in domesticated animals that have an economic impact are investigated. This programme also provides the opportunity for several ad hoc projects within the different disciplines of the Department.