Ms. Elizabeth Gori
MSc Biotechnology (UZ), BSc Hons Biochemistry (UZ),
The foundations of the Veterinary profession are laid down in the Department of Preclinical Veterinary Studies. The mission of the department is to prepare students for the veterinary profession by equipping them with basic knowledge, communication skills and manual dexterity fundamental to veterinary practice.
The Department is made up of three sections; Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology. Each section is devoted to the teaching of the respective course to students in their first one and half years (1½) of training. In addition, students receive training in Communication Skills and Animal Nutrition from other departments. All disciplines are taught in a way that highlights their application in veterinary practice, animal production and public health. Given the wide range of animals encountered in veterinary practice, emphasis is placed on comparative aspects of veterinary anatomy, biochemistry and physiology. Information is given in the form of lectures, tutorials, practical work, seminars and field tours.
Students are introduced to basic information technology during their preclinical years. The department of Preclinical Veterinary Studies has modest computer facilities which are available for use by all veterinary science students. In this way the trainees learn to process and present their work professionally right from the beginning.
Teaching activities are supported by infrastructure that includes modern laboratories in Gross Anatomy, Histology, Biochemistry ad Physiology. The department operates a modest library which caters for the special needs of the preclinical student for audio-visual material and reading material. An Anatomy Museum contributes to teaching in all disciplines as well as serving as a quick reference point for clinical students and clinicians alike. Animal Houses within the department facilitate student training by providing comfortable accommodation for animal use in student practical work.
Apart from teaching mainstream Veterinary Science students, the Department of Preclinical Veterinary Studies offers other degree programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Undergraduate degree programmes: Bachelor of Science (Honours) degrees in Veterinary Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology
Postgraduate degree programmes: Master of Science degrees in Veterinary Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology. Also MPhil and DPhil higher degrees by research
The Department of Preclinical Veterinary Studies provides services to the community in the interests of animal welfare and public health. To this end the department conducts short courses in continuing education for veterinary nurses, laboratory animal scientists and other related professionals. Through exhibition at agricultural shows and trade fairs, the department contributes to public education on animal health and public health. In the national context, the department renders professional advice to bodies involved in policy formulation. Although the focus of the department is preclinical veterinary studies, the three sections have modern well-equipped laboratories that provide services to the veterinary profession in particular and the scientific community at large.
A list of the services available includes:
High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph,lyophilisation, osmometry, electrolyte analysis, urinalysis, haematology, electrocardiography, acid-base balance and preparation of histology slides and Gross Anatomy specimens.
Department Contact Details
Department of Preclinical Veterinary Studies
University of Zimbabwe
P.O. Box MP 167
Tel.: 303211-30 Ext. 19200