Postgraduate Students Association

Postgraduate Students Association

The Postgraduate Student Association is an interest group domiciled in the Faculty of Veterinary Science. This body seeks to bring both postgraduate students and post-doctoral fellows together to exchange views and deliberate on issues of common interest.

The association functions by:

  • Raising the overall standard of veterinary education for post-graduate students in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria.
  • Acting as the official representative of postgraduate students of the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences.
  • Operating as a forum through which all post-graduate students/Post Doctoral fellows of the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences can unite and interrelate irrespective of locations and designations.
  • Organizing events that will stimulate teaching and research interests of undergraduate students. Seeking and implementing such programmes that will serve the best interest of all postgraduate students viz scientific, social and cultural, and organization of other relevant events for post-graduate students represented by the association.
  • Promoting communication and interaction between the Faculty of Veterinary Science, the undergraduate, post-graduate and post-doctoral fellows as well as other researchers and research institutes in South Africa.
  • Mediating on behalf of the students on issues that bother on their academics and general wellness in the Faculty.

 For more information please contact us at E-mail: [email protected]


Congratulations on taking this step of becoming a postgraduate student of the prestigious and internationally renowned Faculty. It is with much excitement and joy that I welcome you to the Official page of the Postgraduate Student Association of the Faculty of Veterinary Science. We are a community comprising of individuals from different walks of life, background and nationality with a collective aim of attaining scientific scholastic achievements in a friendly, conducive and all-inclusive environment.

This association has over the years served as a platform and avenue through which new postrgraduate students get help to get settled and started in Onderstepoort, navigate the rigours of academics, and through which all students communicate problems and concerns and also unwind through our social activities. As part of our activities, we organize, training and workshops for academic and career development: training on grant application, writing skills, review writing, time and stress management and a lot more. We have an active community engagement programme that spans different schools and organizations which the sole aim of making an impact in the lives of people and animals.

We hope you have a great time in Onderstepoort.

Sunday O. Ochai




PGSA – Executive committee

Deputy ChairpersonDikeledi Sebola 

Dikeledi Sebola is the Deputy Chairperson of the PGSA, currently a PhD student in the Department of Paraclinical Sciences Faculty of Veterinary Science. her study focused on the Multimodal approaches to reducing transmission of hospital-acquired infections (HAI) in the intensive care unit (ICU) at a veterinary academic hospital.

Obtained her BSc in Microbiology, BSc. Hons in medicinal Plant Sciences, MSc in Paraclinical Sciences


Secretary-General: Ms. Kamini Govender  

Kamini Govender is currently completing her MSc in Veterinary Tropical Diseases where her project focuses on the spore survival of Bacillus anthracis. She obtained her BSc Microbiology (2018) and BSc (Hons) Medical Virology (2019) from the University of Pretoria.

Coming from the small town of Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, the awareness of animal diseases which have medical and economic impacts on society sparked her passion for Microbiology and more particularly, zoonotic pathogens. 

She is honoured to be serving as the OP PGSA secretary for 2021/2022.

Community Engagement Officer: Nokuzola Faith Nkosi

Nokuzola Faith Nkosi is a senior research assistant and a Ph.D. candidate at the department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, University of Pretoria. She was born and raised in Mbombela, previously knowns as Nelspruit at KaBokweni. 

She holds a BSc in Biochemistry (Hons) and an MSc degree in Veterinary Science Tropical Diseases. Her research career begun about 10 years ago, carrying out Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) novel drug discovery research. She then joined the veterinary industry in 2011 performing vaccine development research at the ARC-Onderstepoort Veterinary Research (ARC-OVR). This then lead to the current research interest which are Tick and tick-borne haemoparasites focusing mainly on veterinary molecular parasitology diagnostic tools development.

She previously served as the secretary-general for the postgraduate student association (2017-2018).


Financial Officer Andeliza Smith

Andeliza Smit is currently undergoing her PhD study in Veterinary Tropical Diseases (2nd year). She from a small town in Limpopo called Hoedspruit that is a great tourist attraction. Her undergraduate study was a dual major, (genetics and entomology), obtained her honours in medical virology and masters in veterinary tropical diseases, all at UP.

Ex-OfficioSekgota Marcus Makgabo

Sekgota Marcus Makgabo is a final year PhD candidate in the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Science. He is a BSc Medical Sciences and MSc in Veterinary Science graduate from the University of Limpopo and University of Pretoria respectively.

Marcus joined the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, as a National Research Foundation (NRF) intern, where he provided scientific support to researchers working on the occurrence Anaplasma marginale and Anaplasma centrale in cattle in South Africa. He went on to register for his MSc where he graduated Cum Laude. His current research project is focused on the characterization of Anaplasma species in South Africa and genome sequence analysis of Anaplasma marginale.

He is the outgoing chairperson of the Onderstepoort Postgraduate Student Association (OP-PGSA).

Public Relations Officer:Rosemary chinelo Erhabor

Rosemary Chinelo Erhabor is currently a PhD student in the Phytomedicine unit of the Department of Paraclinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria. obtained her MSc in the same Unit, Department, and Faculty.

She is from the eastern part of Nigeria, and obtained her BSc at the University of Benin Nigeria, on Science Laboratory Technology (Microbiology Technique option).

Her PhD study is focused on Mastitis, a very expensive diary disease.

In the PGSA she is the Public Relations Officer (PRO) which entails the establishment of new relations and nurturing of existing relations with partners of the PGSA. Other duties include the development and upkeep of the website and design of advertisements for events.

She hopes that the PGSA will be able to host numerous successful events and will be able to bring the post graduate students closer together and provide them an environment where they can relax, network and enjoy a good time during their studies at Onderstepoort.






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