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Wencke M.   du Plessis BVSc(Hons), Dr. med. vet., MMedVet(Diagnostic Imaging), DipECVDI, PhD

Associate Professor of Diagnostic Imaging


Dr. Wencke du Plessis joined Ross University in 2010. She was born and raised in Berlin, Germany, where she qualified as a veterinarian at the Free University of Berlin. A scholarship enabled her to obtain her German doctoral dissertation (Dr. med. vet.) in South Africa, where she also continued her specialization and became a South African [MMedVet(Diagnostic Imaging)] & European imaging specialist (DipECVDI) in 2003. She worked as Associate Professor in Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Pretoria as well as in private practice. Her interests include computer based testing, interactive teaching, diagnostic imaging of exotics/wildlife, ultrasound, CT and MRI.

Education

DVM & Dr. med. vet. Free University of BerlinBVSc(Hons) & MMedVet(Diagnostic Imaging) DipECVDI University of Pretoria

Research

Diagnostic imaging of cheetahs
Diagnostic imaging of lions
Diagnostic imaging of ostriches
Diagnostic imaging of marmosets
Diagnostic imaging of ring-tailed lemurs
Diagnostic imaging of red pandas
MRI of small animals
Ultrasound of small animals

Achievements

Best Resident Presentation, European Association of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, Paris, 2001
Best Paper, Faculty Day, University of Pretoria, 2001
Young Researcher of the Year, University of Pretoria, 2005
“Top 10 Researcher”, University of Pretoria, 2006
National Research Fund, South Africa, rated: Young researcher, 2006

Research

Morphology of the Pelvis and Hind Limb of the Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) Evidenced by Gross Osteology, Radiography and Computed Tomography. Makungu M, du Plessis WM, Groenewald HB, Barrows M, Koeppel KN. Anat Histol Embryol. 2014 Oct 13. doi: 10.1111/ahe.12152.

Thoracic Limb Morphology of the Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) Evidenced by Gross Osteology and Radiography. Makungu M, Groenewald HB, du Plessis WM, Barrows M, Koeppel KN. Anat Histol Embryol. 2014 Aug 8. doi: 10.1111/ahe.12139.

Radiographic thoracic anatomy of the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta). Makungu M, du Plessis WM, Barrows M, Groenewald HB, Koeppel KN. J Med Primatol. 2014 Jun;43(3):144-52. doi: 10.1111/jmp.12102.

Polycystic kidneys in the red panda (Ailurus fulgens). Makungu M, du Plessis WM, Barrows M, Koeppel KN, Groenewald HB. J Zoo Wildl Med. 2013 Sep;44(3):777-80.

Thoracic radiographic anatomy in vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus sabaeus). Young AN, du Plessis WM, Rodriguez D, Beierschmitt A. J Med Primatol. 2013 Dec;42(6):310-7.

Osteology and radiographic anatomy of the pelvis and hind limb of healthy ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta). Makungu M, Groenewald HB, du Plessis WM, Barrows M, Koeppel KN. Anat Histol Embryol. 2014 Jun;43(3):190-202.

Abdominal ultrasonography of the normal St. Kitts vervet monkey (Chlorocebus sabaeus).
Amory JT, du Plessis WM, Beierschmitt A, Beeler-Marfisi J, Palmour RM, Beths T. J Med Primatol. 2013 Feb;42(1):28-38.

Ultrasonographic abdominal anatomy of healthy captive caracals (Caracal caracal). Makungu M, du Plessis WM, Barrows M, Koeppel KN, Groenewald HB. J Zoo Wildl Med. 2012 Sep;43(3):522-9.

Normal canine pediatric gastrointestinal ultrasonography. Stander N, Wagner WM, Goddard A, Kirberger RM. Vet Radiol Ultrasound. 2010 Jan-Feb;51(1):75-8.

Ultrasonographic appearance of canine parvoviral enteritis in puppies. Stander N, Wagner WM, Goddard A, Kirberger RM. Veterinary Radiol Ultrasound 2010 Jan-Feb;51(1):69-74.

 

Current Projects

Educational research projects

 

Certifications

Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
Masters, Diagnostic Imaging