Morné van der Mescht
B32, Vet School
I graduated from Stellenbosch University with a BScAgric in Animal Science in 2009. I then went on to do a bridge year BSc Nat Spes to apply for Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pretoria. From 2011 until 2013 I studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of Nottingham. Due to personal circumstances I was unable to complete the Veterinary degree and went back to South-Africa. Until the middle of 2015 I worked in various jobs while saving to study further. I was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s award for research excellence and started my full time PhD in October 2015.
PhD Veterinary Medicine and Science. Due to complete September 2018
School Research Theme:
Veterinary Medicine: Reproductive Biology
The Effect of Environmental Chemicals on reproduction in the female.
Summary of Research:
Environmental chemicals are ubiquitous in the environment. Some of these including PCB’s, PBDE’s and Phthalates are known to perturb male reproductive function. This research will for the first time look at the environmental chemical load in the canine ovary and will elucidate some of the changes seen in reproductive fitness of the female due to environmental chemical perturbation and the mechanisms involved.
Primary Funding Source:
Vice-chancellor’s award for research excellence.