Veterinary pathology and post-mortems are keys to problem-solving
Posted on April 03, 2021
To many people the thought of doing a post-mortem (also known as a necropsy) on a dead animal or carcass brings up negative thoughts such as blood, guts, grossness, bad smells and even nausea. So, it begs the question: Why do veterinary pathologists perform post-mortems?
UP vets’ partial knee replacement surgery on Theophylline the cat another first for South Africa
Posted on March 04, 2021
After Theophylline fractured her leg in a fall, determined UP vets used a complex surgery that has never been performed in SA before to ensure that the kitten’s leg is saved from amputation.
NEW STUDY: Welfare and survival of Africa’s arid mammals under threat of climate change
Posted on February 24, 2021
Dr Ned Snelling, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology and Prof Leith Meyer, Director of the Centre for Veterinary Wildlife Studies, both from the Faculty of Veterinary Science have just published a new study on the welfare and survival of Africa’s arid-dwelling...
Extraordinary Lecturer in the DVTD receives prestigious 2021 AAVMC Excellence in Research Award
Posted on February 22, 2021
The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has announced the recipients of its annual awards that recognize professional excellence, achievement and service in academic veterinary medicine. Among these awards, was the 2021 AAVMC Excellence in Research Award, being presented...
UP vets save lives of two dogs using ground-breaking technique in first for Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital
Posted on February 15, 2021
Two UP vets have used a ground-breaking technique to perform life-saving heart surgery on two dogs, French Bulldog Daisy and a Cocker Spaniel called Tallen.
EXPERT OPINION: Veterinary ivermectin: Should I use it to protect me from COVID-19?
Posted on January 31, 2021
Since the release of the first articles on the potential effectiveness of ivermectin, there have been several questions on the use of the cattle drug in people, since it is available over the counter as a veterinary drug. Prof Vinny Naidoo, Dean of the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of...
EXPERT OPINION: Fighting COVID-19: A veterinary perspective
Posted on January 18, 2021
Dr Rebone Moerane, Head of the University's Department of Production Animal Studies of Production Animal Studies, shares lessons learned from pandemics in animal populations.
UP scientists scoop first and second prizes in Innovation Hub competition’s Biosciences category
Posted on January 14, 2021
UP’s Prof Tahir Pillay and Prof Celia Abolnik and their teams have won first and second prize, respectively, in the Biosciences category of the GAP Innovation Competition run by the Innovation Hub.
UP PhD student in veterinary science receives 2020 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science young talent award
Posted on December 04, 2020
LaToya Seoke, a PhD student in the Faculty of Veterinary Science’s Department of Production Animal Studies, was recently selected as one of only 20 women researchers to receive the Sub-Saharan Africa Young Talent Award for academic excellence.
COVID-19: Faculty SOPs & latest updates from the University of Pretoria
Posted on August 25, 2020
Important information about the Faculty's Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the latest updates from the University of Pretoria can be accessed under this section. Please click on the links as provided below:
‘I never wanted to be a princess – becoming a veterinarian was my dream,’ says UP lecturer and wildlife specialist Dr Katja Koeppel
Posted on August 21, 2020
From rescuing flamingos and delivering wild kittens by Caesarean to catching jackals to study and treating lions for tumours, UP lecturer and wildlife specialist Dr Katja Koeppel is the vet that everyone has on speed dial.
No “Mission Impossible” after airlifting a gorilla by helicopter to the faculty for a CT scan
Posted on June 09, 2020
The special patient aboard the helicopter was Makokou, a 34-year-old male Western lowland gorilla from the Johannesburg Zoo who was airlifted to Onderstepoort for a CT scan of his nasal passages.
Faculty’s IVF lab advancing towards artificial rhino conservation technologies with San Diego Zoo Global
Posted on May 14, 2020
An important week-long international visit in February to the Faculty’s In Vitro Fertility (IVF) Laboratory has paved the way for more extensive collaboration with San Diego Zoo Global as part of the International Rhino Reproduction Collaborative (IRRC). An IRRC-MOU, primarily drafted by...
New UP Veterinary Science graduate had no pets and was terrified of animals for years
Posted on April 30, 2020
Dr Zandile Mbonxa was terrified of animals as a child and never had pets – but despite this she recently qualified as a veterinarian when she was awarded a degree from the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Veterinary Science.
Prof Gareth Bath receives World Veterinary Association’s 2020 Global Animal Welfare Award
Posted on April 22, 2020
Prof Gareth Bath, emeritus professor of the Faculty of Veterinary Science and chairperson of the Livestock Welfare Coordinating Committee (LWCC) was recently awarded the 2020 Global Animal Welfare Award by the World Veterinary Association (WVA). This is a major achievement and the University and...
‘UP vets are the best vets!’ – My name is Andrew the Scottie, and this is my story
Posted on April 01, 2020
My name is Andrew and I am, so I am told, a Scottish Terrier. Andrew is apparently a difficult name for humans to pronounce, so everybody calls me “Andy”. Because Scotties are stubborn, independent and proud with a bad temper I do not like it, but I cannot convince them through...
Information for clients of the OVAH: Our service during lockdown, level 1
Posted on March 20, 2020
Dear clients of the OVAH
We trust that you and your animals are all still well!
During level 1 of lockdown, the OVAH will continue to render essential services, including those to alleviate animal pain and suffering and to provide life-saving treatment. We will also continue to provide...
Your pets & the COVID-19 pandemic: Your questions answered.
Posted on March 19, 2020
The COVID-19 disease was caused by the SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus and it was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 11 March 2020. It has now spread to all continents. Amidst widespread uncertainty it has also become clear that there are certain misconceptions and...
University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Veterinary Science opens wildlife clinic
Posted on March 06, 2020
UP's Faculty of Veterinary Science opened a dedicated wildlife clinic at its Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital (OVAH) on Friday, 6 March.
Patients at our new wildlife clinic already include the weird and wonderful
Posted on March 06, 2020
The Faculty's new wildlife clinic that was officially opened today by the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Prof Tawana Kupe already housed a few interesting patients but recently the facility had a very unusual visitor.