The Clinical Studies Department is involved in teaching the clinical year veterinary students. The main courses offered in the department are Large and Small Animal theriogenology, Companion and Farm Animal Medicine, Large and Small Animal Surgery which includes Diagnostic Imaging. Teaching is carried out by a specialised, well-experienced team of academic members of staff who are supported by technicians and technical staff. A problem-based learning approach is employed in order to expose the students to relevant clinical problems thus strengthening clinical reasoning and helps develop problem-solving skills that are vital for the students in clinical practice.
Its teaching facilities include the Animal Hospital for Farm and Companion Animals which provides consultation, referral and 24-hour emergency veterinary services, and care for domestic animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, dogs, cats, fowls, wildlife and exotic pets. The facility also includes a clinical teaching laboratory where the clinical samples are examined. Services include haematology, faecal sample analysis, cytology, urinalysis and skin scrapping analysis etc. In the clinics, the students are therefore exposed to a wide range of clinical and surgical cases resulting in a student who is well-versed with the Day One (OIE) competancies at graduation.
The department is also involved in the running of a field station in Shibuyunji, which enhances the student learning experience through interaction with the rural farmer and community.
The department also works in collaboration with other veterinary clinics and institutions to supplement and increase clinical exposure of the students.
The academic staff are actively involved in research in various subject areas, which includes international collaborative research projects which are housed by the department.
The UNZA-Vet clinics, in the department of Clinical Studies provide an opportunity to veterinary students for a unique practical clinical experience in a well-established animal hospital. The clinics comprise of a Small Animal Clinic (mainly for pets) and a Large Animal Clinic (for farm animals and horses) and a mobile house call and ambulatory service.
The clinics provide a consultancy, diagnostic and referral services to both the public and private practitioners. They are equipped to carry out daily consultations on both first line and second opinion and referral cases. The surgical unit provides soft tissue and orthopaedic surgeries, dental procedures, radiography, ultrasonography, equine and canine endoscopy. The medical unit provides both individual and herd management consultations and treatment. The clinic also provides routine preventive veterinary advice and care such as vaccinations, deworming and neutering. For the game ranchers, farmers and those unable to bring their animals to the clinic, farm visits and house calls can be arranged. Admission facilities are available for very sick animals and limited boarding facilities for healthy pets and farm animals are available as well.
The Veterinary Medical Team
A dedicated team of people will be working with you and your animal during your visit with us. The team is composed of academic members, who are trained in various specialities; House surgeons, who are graduate veterinarians undergoing additional training to advance their clinical skills and practice ; veterinary technicians and support staff, who perform tests and nursing care, and keep the animals' environment clean and provide feed and water to in-patients.
In one special way, we are different from a private hospital; we are a teaching hospital. Our sixth-year students learn all aspects of animal care by participating in the diagnosis and treatment of your animal during the final year of their education. Having gone through five years of rigorous University education, they are dedicated individuals. Though the students are involved in the cases presented to our hospital, the responsibility of your animal's care rests with the attending veterinarian. The students are closely directed and supervised by Clinicians, House surgeons, and technicians. Your patience and cooperation are greatly appreciated. You play an important role in our educational process.
Appointments for both medical and surgical cases can be arranged through our reception desk on contact numbers below, When calling, please ask to be connected to a Large Animal clinician or a Small Animal Clinician. It is recommended that you bring your animal's records from your referring veterinarian as well as your animal’s vaccination records.
Because of the educational aspect of our hospital and the complexity of many of the problems we see at the clinic, we emphasize thoroughness in evaluating each animal presented to us. Physical examinations, client interviews, and performance of various tests will generally take a little longer than a normal veterinary visit. During this time we will try to identify the problems that your animal is having and discuss the treatment options with you.
Weekdays: 09:00 – 13:00 hours and 14:00 – 16:00 hours
Weekends and holidays: 9:00 – 12:00 hours
Telephone: 021 129 1515 or 021 129 1777
Emergency number: 097 8822000