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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

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