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  • 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.

  • UP expert instrumental in international warehouse receipt project

    Posted on June 26, 2017

    Dr Andre van der Vyver from the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development at the University of Pretoria (UP), who is also a USAID contracted and world renowned warehouse receipt expert, was instrumental in the introduction of a modern, sophisticated process by which...

  • With the wild ones – a reflection of science and passion

    Posted on June 19, 2017

    It might sound strange at first to hear of a professor in human oral pathology who researches animals, but Prof Erich Raubenheimer has spent over a quarter of a century studying the great African Elephant.

  • Minimally invasive methods make surgery safer for Africa's big cats

    Posted on June 02, 2017

    Prof Marthinus Hartman's breakthrough in the field of veterinary surgery was inspired by procedures carried out on humans when he became the first veterinary surgeon in South Africa to perform laparoscopic sterilisation on lions.

  • Understanding the intricacies of rhino immobilisation

    Posted on May 30, 2017

    Rhinos' response to anaesthesia has proved to have complications, but Prof Leith Meyer from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at UP is constantly working to better understand how these iconic animals respond to immobilisation.

  • Science affords you the opportunity to ask questions

    Posted on May 25, 2017

    More than 60 prizes and trophies were awarded to the top students in the Faculty at the Annual Outstanding Achievers Function for students of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, which took place earlier this month.

  • Leading UP food security expert appointed to international panel

    Posted on May 16, 2017

    Prof Sheryl Hendriks, Director of the University of Pretoria's Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being has been appointed to serve on the new Malabo Montpellier Panel.

  • Celebrating 90 years of excellence in Consumer Science

    Posted on April 20, 2017

    The Department of Consumer Science recently celebrated the official unveiling of their newly renovated food laboratories and the 90th anniversary of the Department at UP.

  • Africa's protected areas have only a quarter of the elephants they should

    Posted on April 19, 2017

    A new study from the Conservation Ecology Research Unit (CERU) at the University of Pretoria provides an estimate of the number of elephants that should be present in 73 protected areas spanning 21 African countries.

  • New Deputy Dean: Research and Postgraduate Studies appointed in Faculty of NAS

    Posted on April 07, 2017

    The University of Pretoria (UP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Edward Webb as Deputy Dean: Research and Postgraduate Studies in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS), with effect from 1 April 2017.

  • Conference provides impetus for faculty's wildlife drive

    Posted on March 22, 2017

    The recent wildlife conference, jointly presented by the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria (UP) and the South African Veterinary Association (SAVA) Wildlife Group was an early highlight on the Faculty's calendar for 2017 and brought together a wide range of expertise in...

  • Best first-year lecturer in NAS awarded

    Posted on December 13, 2016

    A lecturer who inspires and motivates students ... This encompasses Mr Carel Oosthuizen, the first-year co-ordinator for Animal Diversity in the Department of Zoology and Entomology who received the Best First-year Lecturer Award in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS) on 2...

  • UP Veterinary Science student wins top prize in international photographic competition

    Posted on October 05, 2016

    Joel Alves, a veterinary student in the University of Pretoria's Faculty of Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort, won $1 000 with his black-and-white photo entitled 'Conservation in motion', which captures the important role wildlife veterinarians play in protecting rhinos.

  • The threat to the world's largest wild animals is much greater than we thought

    Posted on October 05, 2016

    Peter Lindsey, Policy Coordinator of the Lion Programme at UP spoke to Samantha Spooner from The Conversation Africa about the findings of a new report that warns of an extinction crisis facing the world's largest wildlife.

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