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 4
Posted on March 20, 2020
Dear clients of the OVAH
We trust that you and your animals are all still well!
Now that we have moved into level 4 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...
Your pets & the COVID-19 pandemic: Your questions answered. Updated.
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.
UP part of 3-year ELEPHANT project to address health challenges arising from human, animal interaction such as COVID-19
Posted on March 05, 2020
The Faculty of Veterinary Science at UP is one of the leading partners in the Erasmus+ ELEPHANT project which will boost the capacity of the participating partner institutions in solving complex issues relating to the health of humans and animals.
UP’s Faculty of Veterinary Science, SA’s only one, celebrates 100 years
Posted on February 05, 2020
The University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Veterinary Science is celebrating its centenary this year. Dean Professor Vinny Naidoo tells Primarashni Gower how Africa’s top vet school was established.
Vaccinating African buffalo against bovine tuberculosis – a promising step towards disease control
Posted on January 30, 2020
Bovine tuberculosis (BTB) is one of the most important and widespread diseases of livestock worldwide and in particular a huge threat to cattle, wildlife species and people in developing countries.
Registered? Welcome! Now get orientated with UP!
Posted on January 03, 2020
Welcome to the University of Pretoria and congratulations on choosing UP. You’ve made one of the best decisions of your life!
New skills training for final year vet students serves the agricultural needs of South Africa
Posted on November 26, 2019
In 2018 the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort embarked on enriching the skills base of newly qualified veterinarians by developing a one-week training course to diagnose bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis. These are important state controlled diseases of cattle which also affect...
Breakthrough finding in UP-led study reduces risk of anaesthetic-related deaths in immobilised rhino
Posted on November 19, 2019
For rhinos that survive a poaching attack, the fight to stay alive is not over. In order to treat the animal, it needs to be immobilised via darting. Anti-poaching measures, such as dehorning and collaring, also require a rhino to be immobilised. This can be a risky exercise.
New study finds today’s gorillas may be smarter than human ‘ancestors’ of three million years ago
Posted on November 13, 2019
The great apes, including humans, gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans, are very intelligent. But how does the intelligence of living great apes, such as Koko the gorilla, compare with our 3 million-year-old relatives, such as “Lucy” the Australopithecine?
UP’s Faculty of Law scores first for Africa with third consecutive year in THE global top 100 university subject rankings
Posted on November 12, 2019
The University of Pretoria’s (UP) Faculty of Law has for the third consecutive year been ranked in Times Higher Education’s (THE) 2020 survey of the Top 100 World University Rankings by subject. This achievement is unparalleled in South Africa and Africa.
Study findings lead the way to diagnosing bovine tuberculosis in nyala
Posted on November 07, 2019
Bovine tuberculosis (TB) affects a wide range of wildlife species with devastating consequences
Enter UP's University Social Responsibility Month photographic competition
Posted on October 08, 2019
October 2019 is University Social Responsibility Month. As part of an awareness-raising process, we invite you to take a photograph that illustrates you (or your team) being socially responsible and enter the University Social Responsibility Photo Competition. This can be campus operations,...
DVTD One Health Workshop at Mungena High School, Bushbuckridge municipality
Posted on October 02, 2019
On the 31th August, a group of lecturers supported by admin staff from the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases and Hans Hoheisen Wildlife Research Station hosted a One Health workshop with learners from Mungena High School.