Although Physiology is one of the more basic courses of the veterinary curriculum,
research of a more applied nature and with important practical implications
has been carried out by members of the staff of the Department of
Physiology of the Faculty of Veterinary Science over the past 50 years. Tribute
has been paid to the achievements of the predecessors as well as to those of
the present members of the staff.
Due to the increase in the educational and administrative load caused by the
larger number of students over the past few years, however, the lecturers find
it more and more difficult to pay the necessary attention to their research.
Post-graduate students usually contribute greatly towards research in a university
department. In the Veterinary Science Faculty, however, the majority
of post-graduate students study part-time for financial reasons. Whereas fulltime
students contribute towards the activities of the department, part-time
students do not contribute in the same way.
A request is therefore made that some form of financial assistance be made
available for post graduate study in the Veterinary Science Faculty. This financial
assistance can be used for the employment of assistants, as in the medical
Faculty, or for part-time research posts. There is an increasing demand for
post-graduate veterinary education and the introduction of such appointments
should prove to be of great value in future research.