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  • Could the humble chicken be the solution to sustainable food security in Africa?

    Posted on September 27, 2016

    The Poultry Nutrition and Management Research Facility on the University's Experimental Farm was recently upgraded to the amount of R2 million, with a major part of the cost being covered through collaboration with generous sponsors from the poultry industry.

  • Prof Van Marle-Koster new Head of Animal and Wildlife Sciences

    Posted on September 16, 2016

    Prof Este van Marle-Koster, was appointed as the new Head of the Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences with effect from 1 September 2016.

  • Veterinary students' fun run to help the plight of rhinos

    Posted on August 22, 2016

    The popular annual Run4Rhinos fun run, an initiative of veterinary students of the University of Pretoria's Faculty of Veterinary Science, will take place at the LC de Villiers Sports Grounds on Saturday, 27 August 2016.

  • UP's Veterinary Science students star in new TV series

    Posted on August 04, 2016

    A new reality/documentary TV series on SABC 3 titled Frontier Vets, depicts the daily lives of six South African soon-to-be-qualified veterinary students from the University of Pretoria's Faculty of Veterinary Science.

  • A true Bioscience ambassador for UP and Southern Africa

    Posted on July 19, 2016

    Thokozani Sikhosana, an MSc Biochemistry student at the University of Pretoria (UP) was recently selected as the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) student ambassador for Southern Africa.

  • UP collaborates to save the survivors

    Posted on July 15, 2016

    The Department of Paraclinical Sciences and various partners have initiated a project to determine how rearing conditions and environment affect orphaned rhinos' adaption to their natural habitat.

  • Rhino research that matters at UP

    Posted on July 11, 2016

    Dr Cindy Harper and her team from UP's Veterinary Genetics Laboratory have developed a ground-breaking technique to collect and catalogue DNA from rhinos and rhino horns.

  • Experts agree to enhanced international DNA testing of rhinos

    Posted on July 05, 2016

    The RhODIS system for profiling and indexing rhino DNA, developed by UP's Veterinary Genetics Laboratory and partners, could become the standard for producing DNA profiles that can be analysed and compared in a global database.

  • UP celebrates hybrid model of teaching and learning with a unique fair

    Posted on June 24, 2016

    The first-ever hybrid fair was recently hosted at the University of Pretoria (UP) to celebrate the hybrid model of teaching and learning.

  • UP's Veterinary Genetics Laboratory partners with key international role players to address wildlife crime

    Posted on June 06, 2016

    A workshop for collaborative action planning, organised by the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL), will take place from 18 to 24 June and will include representatives of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network (TRAFFIC) and the Wildlife Forensics Network...

  • The time to be innovative is now!

    Posted on May 18, 2016

    The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria celebrated the academic achievements of its top students at its annual Outstanding Achievers Function earlier in May this year.

  • New study on vulture-killing drug raises serious concerns

    Posted on March 15, 2016

    For over a decade it has been known that some drugs are toxic to vultures and that they are exposed to these drugs by consuming contaminated carcasses. A new study shows that the threat to these magnificent birds are far from over.

  • UP veterinary science students make a difference

    Posted on March 04, 2016

    A group of veterinary science students from the University of Pretoria recently went to Makapanstad village in the North West province, where they had the opportunity to gain first-hand experience handling farm animals without the aid of standard animal-handling facilities.

  • UP veterinarians do their part to save our rhino

    Posted on March 03, 2016

    As the rhino poaching crisis escalates, this year's theme for World Wildlife Day, 'The future of wildlife is in our hands' is a chilling reminder of the situation in South Africa.

  • The future of wildlife in our hands

    Posted on March 03, 2016

    On 3 March 2016, the UN celebrates World Wildlife Day with the theme 'The future of wildlife is in our hands'.

  • SASAS awards Gold Medal to Prof Jannes van Ryssen

    Posted on December 01, 2015

    Prof Jannes Jansen van Ryssen, an extraordinary professor in the Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences at the University of Pretoria, was recently awarded the Gold Medal from the South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS).

  • PhD student in Animal Science wins two esteemed scholarships

    Posted on November 18, 2015

    A PhD student in the Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences, Nadia Swanepoel, was recently awarded two prestigious international scholarships.

  • The ethics of meat production

    Posted on August 05, 2015

    Prof Edward Webb has conducted years of intensive research in animal science to find acceptable ways of improving farming methods to enhance the well-being of animals, which, in turn, will result in better quality animal produce.

  • Saving our planet through research and scholarship

    Posted on June 10, 2015

    The various faculties at UP are making waves in their efforts in the field of conservation and are committed to promoting practices that make more sustainable use of the Earth’s natural resources.

  • UP research shows leopard numbers are vulnerable

    Posted on March 11, 2015

    UP research has found that leopard survival rates in protected, as well as in non-protected areas, are low and that this is largely a result of human activities.

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