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
Implementing assisted reproduction techniques into large felids conservation: study of the female African lion (Panthera leo) reproductive physiology, and development of artificial insemination protocols.
Researcher: Isabel Rodriguez
Characterizing Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) infection of Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) in South Africa.
Researcher: Dr Tanya Kerr
Understanding the underlying mechanisms of capture myopathy in wildlife.
Researchers: Dorothy Breedt and Tertius Kohn
Characterisation of the immunology of Mycobacterium bovis infection in Feline Immunodeficiency virus-infected African lions (Panthera leo).
Researcher: Tashnica Sylvester
Measuring stress in leopards (Panthera pardus): Validation of non-invasive monitoring technique using faecal glucocorticoids.
Researcher: Andrea Webster
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
Monitoring physiological indicators of stress during trans-rectal palpation of the reproductive tract in teaching mares.
Researcher: Dr E van Vollenhoven
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