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 3
Posted on March 20, 2020
Dear clients of the OVAH
We trust that you and your animals are all still well!
During level 3 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. 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.