The pathogen discoverer – in search of novel and/or emerging tick-borne pathogens
Posted on November 01, 2017
Prof Marinda Oosthuizen is a pathogen discoverer, always on the lookout for novel and/or emerging tick-borne pathogens. Understanding what something is, why it is there and what it can do is her forte.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 veterinarians do their part to save our rhino
Posted on May 24, 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.
Faculty research promotes environmental stewardship
Posted on June 12, 2015
The Faculty of Veterinary Science values its role and responsibility in conserving the environment. Through its academic programmes and research it is committed to promoting sustainability for a healthier environment.