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  • Prof Barend Erasmus appointed as new Dean for NAS

    Posted on October 02, 2019

    Prof Barend Erasmus has been appointed as the Dean in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS) at the University of Pretoria (UP) from 1 October 2019.

  • Prestigious Award for best article for Prof Webb and co-authors

    Posted on August 29, 2019

    At the recent 51st South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS) Congress, Professor Edward Webb, Deputy Dean: Research and Postgraduate Studies in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS), and his co-authors received the David Uys trophy for the best scientific article published...

  • Bronze SASAS medal for Dr Linde du Toit

    Posted on August 28, 2019

    Dr Linde du Toit, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences at the University of Pretoria, was recently awarded a bronze medal for his PhD thesis at the 51st South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS) Congress. Dr Josef van Wyngaard, an alumnus of the Department,...

  • UP Animal Science postgraduate student wins international award

    Posted on May 02, 2019

    Mr Stuart Taylor, a master’s degree student in Animal Science at the University of Pretoria (UP) recently won the award for the best graduate student presentation from the Southern Poultry Science Society (SPSS) at the annual meeting of the International Poultry Scientific Forum (IPSF) in...

  • Master’s student in Animal Science wins Koos van der Merwe Award

    Posted on April 16, 2019

    Ms Micaela Sinclair-Black, an MSc (Agric) student in Animal Science at the University of Pretoria, recently received the Koos van der Merwe Award at the Animal Feed Manufacturers’ Association (AFMA) symposium.

  • First Soapbox at NAS with two renowned academics

    Posted on April 05, 2019

    Two seasoned academics from the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS), Prof Jan Verschoor (Biochemistry) and Prof Wentzel Schoeman (Chemistry) recently gave their own unique flavour to the term ‘soapbox’.

  • Meet one of the future leaders in the Animal Science industry

    Posted on April 02, 2019

    Micaela Sinclair-Black, a post-graduate student in the Department of Animal Science and a poultry research intern at Chemuniqué, was awarded the Koos van der Merwe award at the Animal Feed Manufacturers’ Association (AFMA) symposium at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria...

  • Latest T&[email protected] Bulletin (2019) now available

    Posted on February 04, 2019

    The second issue of the 2019 NAS T&L Bulletin was officially launched on 1 February 2019. According to Dr Rory Biggs from the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, one of the editorial members of the Bulletin, "The T&[email protected] Bulletin aims to be a forum for sharing thoughts,...

  • UP veterinarians perform life-saving dental surgery on elephant in Tbilisi Zoo in Georgia

    Posted on November 05, 2018

    World-renowned University of Pretoria veterinarians Prof Gerhard Steenkamp and Dr Adrian Tordiffe this week performed intricate dental surgery on an elephant in Georgia, to remove its infected tusk.

  • Learning by experience at the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development

    Posted on May 16, 2018

    I would highly recommend that each student pursuing a degree in Agriculture attend these excursions to the experimental farm hosted by the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development. Natalie Portman (Star Wars, Thor) once said: “I do not like studying – I...

  • UP student part of team to win 2017 IFAMA Case Study Competition

    Posted on November 21, 2017

    Melissa van der Merwe from the University of Pretoria's Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development not only represented the University at the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) Conference in Miami, Florida, but was also part of the case...

  • UP ready to address challenges in agriculture for next hundred years

    Posted on November 14, 2017

    Not only did the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP) celebrate a hundred years of agriculture at a prestigious event earlier this month, but it also recognised Dr Johan van Zyl, former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UP and current CEO of African...

  • Unravelling the mysteries of meerkat behaviour

    Posted on November 08, 2017

    Researchers at the University of Pretoria form part of the Kalahari Meerkat Project in the Northern Cape's Kuruman River Reserve, which has studied groups of wild meerkats for over 20 years.

  • Ground-breaking surgical procedure by South African team regarded as the first of its kind

    Posted on October 13, 2017

    In what is regarded as a first of its kind, a group of South African veterinarians, together with a maxillofacial surgeon, succeeded in surgically lengthening the misaligned jaw of an adult male chimpanzee.

  • Another veterinary painkiller found to be toxic to vultures

    Posted on October 11, 2017

    In South Asia, the frequent and widespread use of certain drugs to treat cattle and buffalo has led to a catastrophic decline in the populations of vultures that consume livestock carcasses.

  • World Rabies Day: What you need to know

    Posted on September 28, 2017

    Today is World Rabies Day. Prof Andrew Leisewitz from the Department of Companion Animal Clinical Studies at UP, shares some important facts about rabies, the only infectious disease that carries a 100% mortality rate.

  • Research explores the social life of one of Africa's most iconic animals

    Posted on September 20, 2017

    Giraffes are now listed as a threatened species, and it is said that there are currently fewer giraffes than elephants in Africa. Research taking place at the University of Pretoria, will ensure a greater understanding of this species.

  • Herding for Health

    Posted on September 15, 2017

    The Herding for Health Project is a One Health, pro-poor, rural development project aimed at establishing integrated management of livestock and improving rural livelihoods at the wildlife-livestock interface.

  • Renowned behavioural endocrinologist new Head of MRI

    Posted on August 11, 2017

    Prof André Ganswindt, a behavioural endocrinologist by training and the founder of the Endocrine Research Laboratory was appointed as Professor and Director of the Mammal Research Institute (MRI) at the University of Pretoria from 1 August 2017.

  • Ensuring better health and proper care for cheetahs in captivity

    Posted on July 11, 2017

    Dr Adrian Tordiffe, from the Department of Paraclinical Sciences at UP, has been intrigued by diseases in captive cheetahs since his days working as a clinical veterinarian at the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa.

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