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Prof. Matope, Gift


DPhil (UZ), MVSc (Queensland), BVSc (UZ)

Academic Appointments:

Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Science

Research Interests:

Veterinary Microbiology (Bacteriology)

Faculty: Veterinary Science
Department: Faculty of Veterinary Science
Research Category: Veterinary Science

Professor Gift Matope is the current Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science. Prof Matope is a holder of DPhil (Veterinary Bacteriology, UZ, 1999), MVSc (Veterinary Microbiology, University of Queensland, 2001) and BVSc (UZ, 1992) degrees. In 2008 he joined the department of Paraclinical Veterinary Studies as a veterinary microbiology lecturer and went through the senior lecturer (January 2011) and associate professor (2014 to date) grades. Prof Matope is also chair of key committees in the Faculty (Faculty Research, Curriculum Review, Laboratory Management, Safety& Quality Assurance) and also represented the Faculty on a number of UZ committees (Publications, Staff Development and Welfare, Quality Assurance, Student Disciplinary and Safety Committees). He was involved in organizing the UZ exhibitions at the Research and Intellectual Exposition (RIE) where he was the co-leader of the “Research Groups” cluster.Before joining UZ, Prof Matope was employed by the Central Veterinary Laboratory where he went through the ranks of Veterinary Research Officer, Senior Veterinary Research Officer to that of a Principal Veterinary Research Officer. Prof Matope specializes in veterinary bacteriology and mycology and has vast experience in the field of laboratory diagnostics, having worked for about nine years at the Central Veterinary Laboratory and for 12 years in the current department. He has also taughtveterinary public health, zoonoses and research methods and biostatistics to undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary students. Prof Matope has a passion for research, especially on zoonoses andfood safety focusing on infection biology, laboratory diagnostics, disease modeling and molecular epidemiology. Over the years, he has established collaborative research with colleagues from other institutions, both within and outside the country [(e.g. Nowergian Programme for Development, Research and Higher Education (NUFU) Collaborative Research on Zoonoses and Environmental Toxicology and the Research Platform-Production and Conservation in Partnership (RP-PCP)]. To date, Professor Matope has over 30 publications in peer reviewed international journals.

Phone: +263 242 303211 Ext. 19048

1.Chinyoka S, Dhliwayo S, Marabini L, Dutlow K, Matope G,Pfukenyi DM (2014). Serological survey of Brucella canis in dogs in urban Harare and selected rural communities in Zimbabwe. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association 85(1): Art. # 1087, 5 pages,
2.Makanyanga TB, Mutema G, Mukarati NL, Chikerema SM, Makaya PV, Musari S, Matope G (2014). Microbial quality of Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) meat from three selected farms in Zimbabwe. International Journal of Food Microbiology, 170, 44-47.
3.Motsi TR, Tichiwangana SC, Matope G, Mukarati NL (2013). A serological survey of brucellosis in wild ungulate species from five game parks in Zimbabwe. Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research 80(1), Art. # 586, 4 pages,
4.Chikerema SM, Matope G, Pfukenyi DM (2013). Awareness and attitude towards zoonoses with particular reference to anthrax among cattle owners in selected rural communities of Zimbabwe. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, 13(4): 243-249,
5.Katsande S, Matope G, Ndengu M, Pfukenyi DM (2013). Prevalence of mastitis in dairy cows from smallholder farms in Zimbabwe. Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research, 80(1), Art. # 523, 7 pages,
6.Masanganise KE, Matope G, Pfukenyi DM (2013). A survey on auditing, quality assurance systems and legal frameworks in five selected slaughterhouses in Bulawayo, southwestern Zimbabwe. Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research, 80(1): Art. # 575, 8 pages,
7.Chikerema SM, Murwira A, Matope G, Pfukenyi DM (2013). Spatial modeling of Bacillus anthracis ecological niche in Zimbabwe. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 111(1-2): 25-30.
8.Dhliwayo S, Matope G, Marabini L, Dutlow K, Pfukenyi DM (2012). Seroprevalence of leptospirosis in dogs in urban Harare and selected rural communities in Zimbabwe. Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research, 79(1): Art. #447, 6 pages,
9.Godfroid J, Al Dahouk S, Pappas G, Roth F, Matope G, Muma JT, Pfeiffer D, Skjerve E (2013). A “One Health” surveillance and control of brucellosis in developing countries: Moving away from improvisation. Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 36(3): 241-248,
10.Chikerema SM, Pfukenyi DM, Hang’ombe BM, L’Abee-Lund TM, Matope G (2012). Isolation of Bacillus anthracis from soil in selected high-risk areas of Zimbabwe. Journal of Applied Microbiology,133(6): 1389-1395,
11.Mhone TA,Matope G, Saidi PT (2012). Detection of Salmonella spp., Candida albicans, Aspergillus spp. and Antimicrobial Residues in raw and processed cow milk from selected smallholder farms of Zimbabwe. Veterinary Medicine International, 2012, Article ID 301902,
12.Makaya PV, Matope G,Pfukenyi DM (2012). Distribution of Salmonella serovars and antibiotic susceptibility patterns of Salmonella Enteritidis from poultry reared in different farming sectors of Zimbabwe. Avian Pathology, 41(2): 221-226,
13.Chikerema SM, Pfukenyi DM, Matope G, Bhebhe E (2012). Temporal and spatial distribution of cattle anthrax outbreaks in Zimbabwe between 1967 and 2006. Tropical Animal Health and Production,44(1):63-70,
14.Mhone TA, Matope G, Saidi PT (2011). Aerobic bacterial, coliform, Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus counts of raw and processed milk from selected smallholder dairy farms of Zimbabwe. International Journal of Food Microbiology, 141:223-228,
15.Muma JB, Munyeme M, Matope G, Siamudaala VM, Munang’andu HM, Matandiko W, Godfroid J, Skerve E, Tryland M (2011). Brucella seroprevalence of the Kafue lechwe (Kobus leche kafuensis) and the Black lechwe (Kobus leche smithemani): Exposure associated to contact with cattle. Preventive Veterinary Medicine,100:256-260,
16.Matope G,Muma JB, Toft N, Gori E, Lund A, Nielsen K, Skjerve E (2011). Evaluation of sensitivity and specificity of RBT, c-ELISA and fluorescence polarization assay for diagnosis of brucellosis in cattle using latent class analysis. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology,141:58-63,
17.Matope G,Bhebhe E, Muma JB, Oloya J, Madekurozwa R., Lund A, Skjerve E (2011). Seroprevalence of brucellosis and its associated risk factors in cattle from smallholder dairy farms in Zimbabwe. Tropical Animal Health and Production,43:975-982,
18.Mosalagae D, Pfukenyi DM, Matope G (2011). Milk Producers’ awareness to milk-borne zoonoses in selected smallholder and commercial dairy farms of Zimbabwe. Tropical Animal Health and Production,43(3):733-739,
19.Matope G, Bhebhe E, Muma JB, Lund A, Skjerve E (2011). Risk factors for Brucella spp. infection in smallholder household herds. Epidemiology and Infection, 139:157-164,
20.Matope G,Makaya PV, Dhliwayo S, Gadha S, Madekurozwa RL, Pfukenyi DM (2010). A retrospective study of brucellosis seroprevalence in commercial and smallholder cattle farms of Zimbabwe. Bulletin for Animal Health and Production in Africa,58(4): 326-333, (
21.Muma JB, Lund A, Siamudaala VM, Munang’andu HM, Munyeme M, Matope G, Nielsen K, Djønne B, Godfroid J, Tryland M, Skjerve E (2010). Serosurvey of Brucella spp. infection in the Kafue lechwe (Kobus leche kafuensis) of the Kafue flats in Zambia. Journal of Wildlife Diseases,46 (4):1063-1069, (
22.Chimana HM, Muma JB, Samui KL, Hangombe BL, Munyeme M, Matope G, Phiri AM, Godfroid J, Skjerve E, Tryland M (2010). A comparative study of the prevalence of brucellosis in commercial and small-scale mixed dairy-beef cattle enterprises of Lusaka Province and Chibombo district, Zambia. Tropical Animal Health and Production,42:1541-1545,
23.Matope G, Bhebhe E, Muma JB, Lund A, Skjerve E (2010). Herd-level factors for Brucella seropositivity in cattle reared in smallholder dairy farms of Zimbabwe. Preventive Veterinary Medicine,94(3-4):213-221, (
24.Matope G, Bhebhe E, Muma JB, Skjerve E, Djonne B (2009). Characterization of some Brucella species from Zimbabwe by biochemical profiling and AMOS-PCR. BMC Research Notes,2:261,
25.Muma JB, Lund A, Nielsen K, Matope G, Munyeme M, Mwacalimba K, Skjerve E (2009). Effectiveness of Rose Bengal test and fluorescence polarization assay in the diagnosis of Brucella spp. Infections in free range cattle reared in endemic areas in Zambia. Tropical Animal Health and Production,41(5):723-729, (
26.Oloya J, Opuda-Asibo J, Djønne B, Muma JB, Matope G, Kazwala R, Skjerve E (2006). Responses to tuberculin among Zebu cattle in the transhumance regions of Karamoja and Nakasongola district of Uganda. Tropical Animal Health and Production,38:275-283
27.Muma JB, Samui KL, Siamudaala VM, Oloya J, Matope G, Omer MK, Munyeme M, Mubita C, Skjerve E (2006). Prevalence of antibodies to Brucella spp. in traditional cattle and goats reared in livestock-wildlife Interface areas of Zambia. Tropical Animal Health and Production,38:195-206.
28.Matope G,Schlundt J, Makaya PV, Aarbo S, Bagessen DL (1998). Salmonella Enteritidis situation in poultry: an emerging zoonosis in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Veterinary Journal,29(4):132-138, (
29.Mohan K, Makaya PV, Muvavarirwa P, Matope G,Mahembe E, Pawandiawa A (1996). Brucellosis surveillance and control in Zimbabwe: bacteriological and serological investigation in dairy herds. Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research,63: 47-51
30.Mavenyengwa M, Matope G (1995). An outbreak of Quarter Evil in weaner pigs in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Veterinary Journal,26: 136-138.

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