Department Of Biomedical Sciences

The Department of Biomedical Sciences is the entry point of undergraduate students from the School of Natural Sciences who wish to study for the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine. The department is responsible for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students and offers the following undergraduate courses:

  • VMB 2100 – Veterinary Anatomy
  • VMB 2110 – Veterinary Histology & Embryology
  • VMB 2200 – Veterinary Biochemistry
  • VMB 2302 – Introductory Veterinary Physiology
  • VMB 2409 – Biostatistics, Animal Breeding & Genetics
  • VMB 2500 – Animal Production & Nutrition
  • VMB 2511 – Animal Welfare & Behaviour
  • VMB 2004 – Farm Attachment
  • VMB 3121 – Comparative & Applied Veterinary Anatomy
  • VMB 3311 – Veterinary Physiology
  • VMB 3600 – Veterinary Pharmacology
  • VMB 4611 – Veterinary Toxicology

Up-Coming Programmes

The department will soon be introducing/hosting a degree program in Bachelor of Science in Bio- Veterinary Sciences.

Distance Courses Offered

Diploma in Livestock Health Management and Production in the Tropics (DLHMPT)


It is a well-known fact that without basic science there cannot be applied science. Therefore, the department is involved in various research activities that add value to the scientific community and general public.

Collaborative on-going Departmental Research

Currently three (3) topics are being studied:

  • Training and Research in Aquatic and Environmental Health in Eastern and Southern Africa (TRAHESA)
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of the Balmoral rabies vaccine and molecular characterization of the field rabies virus isolates in Zambia – SATREPS
  • Population genetics of Theileria parva in SADC countries – GALVmed

Objectives of the Department

  • To provide effective teaching and teaching materials to undergraduate and post graduate students.
  • To conduct demand driven basic and applied research.
  • To provide a relevant service to the public

Services offered

  • Dip Testing
  • Drug residue and pesticide tests in various products
  • Biochemical tests, e.g. Liver function tests
  • Identification of species of meat products
  • Livestock semen analysis
  • Identification of species of meat products
  • Livestock semen analysis