Master in Biotechnology and the Management of Animal & Zoonotic Diseases
The Institutional Research Theme (IRT) “Biotechnology and the Management of Animal and Zoonotic Diseases” was established at the University of Pretoria to build and expand on our current strength and research capacity in animal and zoonotic diseases in the Faculties of Health Sciences, Veterinary Science and Natural and Agricultural Sciences. As the only University with a Faculty of Veterinary Science, this presents a unique opportunity for further research growth in this field. Animal health has undergone an almost unprecedented increase in importance in the last century and is today inextricably linked to our local and global economy as well as societal issues such as public health, food and food security. Animal pathogens also affect humans and of the more than 1400 pathogens that affect humans as many as 60% are zoonotic, indicating that the disease can be transmitted from wild and domestic animal to humans.
This overlap in veterinary, human and ecological health sciences requires what is covered by the “One Health” concept, a collaborative effort of multiple disciplines – working locally, nationally, and globally – to attain optimal health for people, animals and our environment. To focus and optimize research in this area we need a collaborative effort with a multidisciplinary approach to tackle all aspects of the research and management of zoonoses and animal diseases. We also need the best and most relevant tools to address the disease-related research questions.
In this respect, modern molecular technologies and the range of new sequencing technologies have radically changed the way in which we can approach problems in diagnostics, epidemiology, vaccine development and ecology. These technologies will be used to increase our research capacity and establish a highly regarded research focus area in the field of animal health and zoonoses that will gain high local and international standing by its leading role in South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world.
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Last updated February 19, 2018