University of Pretoria

UP FVS Accreditation Visit 2021(DVN/BVetNurs)
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Dr Boitshoko Ntshabele

University of Pretoria
Vice-Chancellor and Principal

Boitshoko Ntshabele completed his veterinary degree in 1995 from MEDUNSA. He also holds an MBA and a Diploma in Management Studies. He has worked in the private sector as well as the public sector. He is currently the Director Biosecurity at the DALRRD. He has served the DALRRD in various capacities most recently as the Agriculture Counsellor based in Brussels, Belgium and also as the Interim Chairperson of the Onderstepoort Biological Products SOC LTD, a government owned vaccine manufacturing company. He was part of the 2013 and 2015 visits to the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Veterinary Science but also recently undertook a visit to University of Surrey in 2019. He was Chairperson of the State Veterinarians Association and President of the SAVC. He is a long distance runner and plays both golf and tennis.

Dr Terri Shields

University of Pretoria
Vice-Chancellor and Principal

I grew up on a small holding in Cape Town, surrounded by all sorts of animals. I think, for this reason, I always wanted to be a vet. I started at UCT where I got my BSc in Zoology and Microbiology in 1998. I moved to Pretoria in 1999 to get into OP and qualified BVSc in 2004. I started work in a small animal 2-man practice in JHB South but then moved to a multi-vet mixed practice in Kyalami. In 2008 I went to the UK and joined a corporate small animal practice in Norfolk for 2 years. It was here where I developed my interest in veterinary dentistry. On my return to SA I worked in a 24hr specialist referral veterinary hospital in Pretoria for 8 years. I achieved Membership of the ANVCVS in Small Animal Dentistry in 2016. Since 2018 I have been fortunate to work at Fourways Veterinary Hospital where I am currently practicing with majority of my focus on small animal dentistry and oral surgery. I am married for 6 years and have a 3.5 yo son. In my spare time I enjoy trail running, horse riding and reading.

Sr Kirsty Burton

University of Pretoria
Vice-Chancellor and Principal

My name is Kirsty-Jane, people call me Kirsty for short. I grew up in a small town in Northern
Kwa-Zulu Natal called Paulpietersburg, it is predominantly a farming community. This is where
my passion for animals began.

I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2009, at Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital, and
have been practicing nursing since. I’m currently working at Rivonia Village Vet in Sandton, a
small animal practice, which is part of the Village Vet Group. I have been here since August
2016 and enjoy the calmer more family orientated way of practice. This allows us to concentrate
more on our patients and client’s needs.

Previously, I worked at Fourways Veterinary Hospital. I worked closely with Dr. Alain Carter
where I gained an in-depth knowledge and understanding of medicine as well as monitoring and
treating ICU cases. During this time I had the honour of assisting Dr. Ross Ellliott with the 1st
heart valve transplant on a dog in South Africa. My primary duties were to monitor and assist with the GA. This is something I consider to be a very notable achievement.

My vision is to see the profession grow and to spread knowledge and awareness of the
profession in South Africa.

When I am not at work, I am outdoors. I am either hiking with my husband and 3 dogs, doing a 4×4 trail in the bush or taking photos of something.

Sr Mary-Ann Costello

University of Pretoria
Vice-Chancellor and Principal

Professional Accomplishments

  • I am a SANS committee member for the current standards document revision.
  • I am a committee member of the Wits Animal Research Ethics committee (AREC) and the Animal Ethics Control Committee (AECC)
  • I stay up to date with changes and advances in my profession by reading current and relevant literature, organising and/or attending relevant workshops and congresses.
  • Set multiple choice questions on anaesthesia and theatre practice for Computer based examinations – 2011, South African Veterinary Council (SAVC)
  • Moderated the Clinical Pathology exam for Veterinary Nursing – 2007, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria.
  • Member of the SAVC Visitation team – 2006 and 2013, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria – to evaluate the training standards of veterinary and veterinary nursing students at the faculty.
  • Served on the Congress Standing Committee for the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Congress – 2002 & 2004.
  • Served on South African Association for Laboratory Animal Science (SAALAS) committee from 2013 to 2017.
  • Veterinary Nurses Association of South Africa (VNASA): Vice President 1999 – 2000, President 2000 – 2003, Snr Vice President 2003 – 2004.
  • SGB for Veterinary and Para-veterinary Group (SAQA): Represented VNASA and scribe for the group 2000-2003.
  • Co-author on five animal-based research publications


  • Registered with S A Vet Council

Sr Theresa Lotter

University of Pretoria
Vice-Chancellor and Principal

I grew up in Kempton Park and heard about the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at a careers evening in the then standard nine (now grade eleven). I decided that it was what I wanted to do and applied in matric and was accepted.  I enrolled straight out of matric and qualified in 1989. After 30 years, I am still passionate about veterinary nursing and the veterinary team.

I have been in practice since 1990, including general practice (mixed practice); animal welfare (mixed practice); animal research (WITS); specialist companion animal practice (surgical and medical nursing); NSPCA (animal ethics unit) and am currently working as practice manager at a companion animal hospital that specialises in reproduction.

I have been involved with VNASA (Veterinary Nurses Association) since 1996 and served over 10 years on the steering committee. During this time, I also presented at several CPD events.

I was elected to serve on SAVC in 2010 and am currently serving my fourth term.  During this time, I have also represented SAVC on several occasions. I am currently serving as chairperson of the Inspections Committee and was elected as the third member of the Executive Committee in2020.

I have participated in the 2013 vet nursing visitation by SAVC (Faculty of Veterinary science); the 2017 veterinary physiotherapy visitation by SAVC (Equine Librium); and the 2019 veterinary physiotherapy visitation by CHE (Equine Librium).

I was author for the ANW1501 module (Introduction to Animal Welfare) for the higher certificate in animal welfare offered by UNISA.  I also completed a short course in Occupational Health and Safety through UCT (Get smarter) in 2019.  My special interests include occupational health and safety; theatre practice and practice hygiene. 

Sr Gillian Coughlan

Prof Tawana Kupe

Vice-Chancellor and Principal
University of Pretoria

Professor Tawana Kupe was appointed Vice-Chancellor and Principal at the University of Pretoria in January 2019.

Prior to this appointment he held several senior positions at the University of Witwatersrand, including  Vice-Principal responsible for running the University. Prior to that he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Advancement, Human Resources and Transformation. He also served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Operations and was Executive Dean of the Wits Faculty of Humanities.

Professor Kupe was the founding Head of the Media Studies Department at Wits University. He also lectured at Rhodes University, where he briefly acted as Head of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies.

Prof Norman Duncan

Vice-Chancellor and Principal
University of Pretoria

Prof Norman Duncan was appointed as Vice-Principal: Academic at the University of Pretoria in 2014. The portfolio includes responsibility for all nine faculties and GIBS and focuses on promoting excellence in teaching and learning at undergraduate level. Prof Duncan also oversees and ensures the implementation of the University’s academic plans and policies.

After obtaining a BA degree in History and Psychology at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in 1979, Prof Duncan later added a major and two diplomas in French at UWC and the Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux III, respectively. He obtained his MA in Clinical Psychology at the Université Paul Valérie Montpellier III in France in 1987, and his D Phil at the University of the Western Cape in 1994.

Prof Duncan started his academic career in 1987 at UWC and after stints at the Universities of Venda and South Africa, he was appointed as Chair in the Discipline of Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2004 where he was subsequently employed in various capacities. He later became the Head of the Department of Psychology and, from 2006 to 2011, was the Head of the School of Human and Community Development. Prior to his appointment as Vice-Principal Prof Duncan was the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria, a position he held since May 2012.

Prof Duncan has extensive experience as lecturer and in developing curricula and teaching materials, has published widely in his field in academic journals and books. He currently serves as one of the lead researchers on the Apartheid Archive Research Project, a cross-disciplinary, cross-national study of the enduring effects of apartheid-era racism on people’s lives. He is on the editorial boards of several prominent academic journals and is a member of, among others, the Academy of Science of South Africa.

Prof Anton Ströh

Vice-Chancellor and Principal
University of Pretoria

Prof Anton Ströh was appointed as Vice-Principal: Institutional Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the University of Pretoria in 2014.

Prof Ströh obtained his BSc degree in 1986 and completed a PhD in Mathematics in 1989.

He joined UP as a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics in 1988 and progressed through the academic ranks up to his appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences in 2004. He served two and a half terms as Dean taking responsibility for strategic leadership and the orderly functioning of all academic departments and support functions within this large and diverse faculty.

In his capacity as Dean, he was involved in collaborative agreements on projects with international institutions which involved significant funding from the EU, the Gates Foundation, the African Economics Research Consortium (AERC), CIDA, the African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE) and Southern African Biochemistry and Informatics for Natural Products (SABINA), to list but a few of the prominent ones. In his capacity as Vice-Principal, Prof Ströh continues to play a key role in establishing partnerships to secure support for University initiatives from external funders.

Prof Vinny Naidoo

University of Pretoria
Vice-Chancellor and Principal

Prof Vinny Naidoo is a veterinarian and registered at the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) as specialist veterinary pharmacologist. He is the Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Pretoria since 2018.

Prof Naidoo qualified as a veterinarian (Cum Laude) from the Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA) in 2001 and finished his post-graduate training (MSc (Vet) (Distinction) and PhD at the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Pretoria (UP)

His research expertise is on translational animal research with focus on new pharmaceutical product development, pharmacokinetic evaluations of drug effect and preclinical toxicology. He has also for the last 15 years been directly involved with vulture conservation and played a role in investigating the safety of various non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in vultures. He is currently working on projects aimed at establishing the mechanism of toxicity and the unexpected sensitivity of old world vultures to NSAIDs and holds a C1 rating from the NRF.

Prof Naidoo was the Faculty’s Researcher of the Year in 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2020. In 2008 he was also the Faculty’s Young Researcher of the Year.

Prof Marinda C Oosthuizen

University of Pretoria
Vice-Chancellor and Principal

Prof Marinda Oosthuizen obtained her BSc (Agric), BSc (Agric) (Hons) and MSc degrees cum laude with specialization in Microbiology from the University of Pretoria in the early 1990s. Her PhD was awarded by the University of Pretoria in 1998. During 1999 to 2002 she completed two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of the Witwatersrand and University of Pretoria, respectively. In 2003 she joined the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases (DVTD), Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria as a postdoctoral fellow, but was soon thereafter appointed as Senior Researcher. She was appointed as Senior Lecturer in 2009, promoted to Associate Professor in 2012 and to full Professor in January 2016. As from 1 July 2019, she has been appointed as Deputy Dean: Research and Postgraduate Studies in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria.

Prof Oosthuizen is a foremost scientist in the field of veterinary molecular parasitology; a scarce skill in South Africa. Her research focus on tick-borne pathogen discovery, molecular characterization of novel tick-borne haemoparasites and molecular diagnostic assay development. She has a special interest in zoonotic infections transmitted from wildlife reservoir species to humans and domestic animals at the human/livestock/wildlife interface in rural South Africa. To date her research findings have contributed significantly to progress in the field of tick-borne disease research in South Africa, and further afield. Her research has a strong public health relevance and integrates cutting-edge molecular technologies as well as applied research.

With a National Research Foundation C2 rating, Prof Oosthuizen is the author of 67 peer-reviewed publications. She is frequently invited as guest lecturer by several international institutes; and has presented her research findings at numerous national and international conferences. She has been very successful in securing significant national and international research funding; as principal investigator, she was recently awarded USA National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding within the International Research in Infectious Diseases programme in collaboration with Washington State University. In 2011 she was the joint-winner of the Faculty of Veterinary Science “Researcher of the Year” award; and have since remained among the Top 10 or 20 researchers in the Faculty. She was recently nominated for the Department of Science and Technology (DST) 2019 South African Women in Science Awards (SAWiSA) under the category Distinguished Woman Researchers.

During the past 10 years Prof Oosthuizen has successfully supervised and/or co-supervised 3 postdoctoral fellows, 9 PhD, 19 MSc and 4 Honours students. Currently she supervises 3 postdoctoral fellows, 1 PhD and 4 MSc students, while co-supervising 3 PhD and 3 MSc students. She was nominated for the University of Pretoria Exceptional Supervisors award in 2016.

Prof Oosthuizen is a council committee member of the Parasitological Society of Southern Africa (PARSA) and secretary of the international Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (STVM). On several occasions, she has served as the Chairman of the examination board for the Masters of Science in Tropical Animal Health students at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium. She currently serves as guest editor for the international journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science.

Prof Dietmar Holm

University of Pretoria
Vice-Chancellor and Principal

Dietmar Holm qualified as veterinarian with the University of Pretoria in 1998, following which he practiced for 5 years as mixed animal veterinarian in Hampshire, England. In 2003 he joined the Department of Production Animal Studies at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, gradually working up the ranks from clinical assistant to associate professor. He obtained an MSc (Vet Sci) in 2006 and a PhD in 2014 on the topic “Early determination of the reproductive potential of beef heifers using reproductive tract scoring, pelvimetry and transrectal ultrasonography”.  In 2014 he obtained registration as Veterinary Specialist with the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC). Dietmar has been appointed as Deputy Dean for Teaching and Learning since 2016, and he is an active member of the veterinary profession being a previous board member and chair of the Ruminant Veterinary Association of South Africa (RuVASA) and currently serves on the Red Meat Research and Development South Africa (RMRD-SA) planning and project committees. Internationally he serves as vice-chair on the African Association for Veterinary Education Establishments (2A2E-V) and as core member representing Africa on the Council on International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME).

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