UP unveils largest CT scanner for veterinary practice in South Africa
Posted on February 29, 2024
The University of Pretoria's (UP) Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital (OVAH) has recently revealed the largest CT scanner ever used in veterinary practice in South Africa, made possible by a generous R13 million donation from the Roy McAlpine Charitable Foundation.
Faculty students secure first place in UP's 1nSync competition
Posted on February 22, 2024
Despite an absence of about 10 years from UP's annual 1nSync competition, our students, together with Health House (Faculty of Health Sciences) achieved the monumental feat of securing first place in this year's competition, the biggest event of the University of Pretoria (UP) for first-year...
UP team performs SA-first surgery to attach artificial foot to three-year-old Rottweiler
Posted on December 12, 2023
The team at UP’s Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital is celebrating the first known successful intraosseous transcutaneous amputation prosthesis (ITAP) surgery in South Africa.
How to tell if your dog has heatstroke (and what to do)
Posted on December 12, 2023
Professor Johan Schoeman of the Department of Companion Animal Clinical Studies (CACS) at the Faculty of Veterinary Science discusses the health issues that may arise for dogs during a heatwave, signs of heat stress and emergency treatment that should be administered in the case of heatstroke.
Leading faculty scientist inaugurated as member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF)
Posted on November 27, 2023
Prof Armanda Bastos, Professor of One Health in the Faculty of Veterinary Science’s Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases (DVTD) was recently inaugurated as an official member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF).
Research shows there are more warm-bodied sharks than previously thought
Posted on November 13, 2023
New research arising from a collaboration between scientists at the University of Pretoria (UP) and Trinity College Dublin has shown there are likely more warm-bodied sharks out there than previously thought.
‘International veterinary partnerships make South Africa stronger’ – UP Veterinary Science Faculty Dean
Posted on November 02, 2023
A recent visit from the Netherlands’ University of Utrecht to UP’s Faculty of Veterinary Science helps strengthen collaborations in the veterinary world and helps South Africa tackle diseases.
UP EXPERT OPINION: Bird flu in South Africa: Faculty of Veterinary Science expert explains what’s behind the chicken crisis and what must be done about it
Posted on October 23, 2023
“New and innovative thinking is needed to deal with the reality on the ground in South Africa,” says specialist poultry health veterinarian and senior lecturer at UP Dr Shahn Bisschop, speaking about the outbreak of avian flu in the country.
UP alumnus and Extraordinary Professor receives SASVEPM Lifetime Achievement Award
Posted on October 03, 2023
Professor Bruce Gummow, an alumnus, former staff member and Extraordinary Professor in the Faculty of Veterinary Science’s Department of Production Animal Studies recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern African Society of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive...
UP veterinarians save brave dog after she got shot during an attempted armed robbery
Posted on September 26, 2023
Having continued her bravery with her recovery from surgery after robbers shot her in the head, the veterinary team that performed surgery on Phoenix at UP’s Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital believes she will continue to live a full life.
Faculty study finds that vitamin C and probiotics could help farmed chickens cope better with heat stress
Posted on September 21, 2023
As global warming turns up the heat, ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and a probiotic added to the feed of chickens raised for meat on small-scale farms in South Africa could help them cope better with heat stress.
UP study reveals some concerns regarding the levels of listeriosis-causing pathogen across beef production system
Posted on September 05, 2023
Listeria monocytogenes is a foodborne pathogen that causes listeriosis, a life-threatening disease that could cause miscarriage and stillbirth among pregnant women.
New Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning's journey an example of utmost determination and self-belief
Posted on August 31, 2023
Professor Rhoda Leask was recently appointed as the Deputy Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Veterinary Science.
Faculty’s popular Parkrun now every Saturday
Posted on August 21, 2023
The weekend of Saturday, 12 August 2023 saw the hosting of the first ever official Onderstepoort campus Parkrun at the Faculty of Veterinary Science. And what a successful, exciting and festive event it was with more than 500 participants that completed the Parkrun.
2023 Shanghai Ranking affirms UP’s research excellence and impact
Posted on August 18, 2023
UP has been ranked number two in South Africa and Africa in the highly cited researchers' category of the 2023 Shanghai Ranking. Overall, the university ranked number three in the country and fourth in Africa.
Message to all clients of the OVAH
Posted on August 01, 2023
While our Faculty's Veterinary Academic Hospital has seen tremendous growth and success over the last few years, we unfortunately have also been impacted by the country-wide shortage of general practice veterinarians that has featured widely in the press.
RE.SEARCH 6: Open
Posted on July 26, 2023
This issue features research from all of the University of Pretoria's nine faculties and our business school, the Gordan Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and shows how our research is opening a new world and a better future.
Faculty veterinarians assist CoT with Rietvlei cheetah capture for relocation
Posted on July 05, 2023
Wildlife veterinarians Dr Jacques O'Dell and Dr Bart Gazendam, and students of the Faculty recently assisted the City of Tshwane with the capture and relocation of five cheetahs residing in the Rietvlei Nature Reserve.
A first for South Africa as UP veterinary team performs beak transplant on vulture
Posted on June 10, 2023
What do you do when a vulture with a crushed beak needs a new beak and two attempts to fit an acrylic beak fail? You improvise and use the beak of a deceased vulture, successfully enabling the injured bird to feed again.
Veld fires and livestock: UP Faculty of Veterinary Science experts advise on animal treatment decisions
Posted on June 08, 2023
Veld fires are common in South Africa and according to local studies will increase in frequency over the next three decades. Farmers are emotionally and financially affected by fires, sustaining losses including feed, facilities, livestock, and future performance of surviving livestock exposed to...