Our Research Ethics

The SAVF funds research projects that will benefit the health of animals and is not detrimental to animals.   For this purpose, the SAVF will only consider funding a project that has been approved by a recognised institution’s Ethics and Research Committee.

The trustees of the SAVF also evaluate each study based on relevance, scientific soundness and humane treatment.

Current Research Topics

Influence of diet on the lipid and hormone profile in a population of healthy cats.

Researcher: Dr Chad Berman

Comparative antimicrobial efficacy of for hand preparation procedures prior to application of an alcohol-based hand rub.

Researcher: Dr Hermien Viljoen

Respiratory gas flow characteristics of trunk versus tracheal intubated spontaneously breathing African elephant (Loxondonta africana).

Researcher: Dr David Chelopo

Characterizing Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) infection of Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) in South Africa.

Researcher: Dr Tanya Kerr

Characterisation of the immunology of Mycobacterium bovis infection in Feline Immunodeficiency virus-infected African lions (Panthera leo).

Researcher: Tashnica Sylvester

The conservation ecology of the Samango monkey (Cercopithecus mitis labiatus) in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Researcher: Kirsten Wimberger

The dental, oral and maxillofacial pathology in a wild serval (Leptailurus serval) population.

Researcher: R Emslie

Reference intervals for haematology and serum biochemistry in free-ranging Temmick’s Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii).

Researcher: K Lourens

Effects of semen extenders on cooled and frozen semen of roan – and sable antelope (Hippotragus equines & niger) in South Africa.

Researcher S de Bruin

Physiological effects of rapid intravenous infusion of fluids for the treatment of hypovolaemic hypotension in anaesthetised cats.

Researcher: Dr G Zeiler

Steroid profiling of crocodilian urine and plasma by gas-chromatography / mass spectrometry.

Researcher: Lizette Bekker

Reproductive behavior and endocrine correlates in free-ranging male Angola giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis).

Researcher: Peter Seeber