WOAH Collaborating Centre

Training in Integrated Livestock and Wildlife Health and Management

The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, formerly known as OIE) has selected the Faculty of Veterinary Science and its consortium partners, through its Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases (DVTD), as a designated Collaborating Centre with the principal mandate to function as a world centre of research, expertise and dissemination of knowledge on the following specialities:

  • Livestock diseases, livestock health management
  • Wildlife diseases; wildlife health management
  • Livestock-wildlife-human interface
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Key Objectives  (2022 – 2026)

The WOAH Collaborating Centre Onderstepoort aims to offer and deliver applicable training on regional, economically important livestock and wildlife diseases including their diagnosis and control and embracing the One Health concept. Secondly, the WOAH CC Onderstepoort seeks to advance technical skills among WOAH Member Countries in the region relating to the management of livestock and wildlife in order to promote their health. Both objectives are aimed at building capacity in animal health in the southern African region.


Collaboration with WOAH Reference Centres

(Currently under development)

Collaboration with Consortia
Collaboration with Research Institutions & Industry

Statal and Parastatal Organizations

SANParks Veterinary Wildlife Services: Improving veterinary management practices in free-living wild mammals.
Agricultural Research Council - OVR: Control and prevention of infectious diseases of livestock and wildlife
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR): Proteomics research
National Institute of Communicable Diseases: Research and training on zoonotic diseases
Universities of Fort Hare, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Venda, University of South Africa: Research and capacity building activities


Short term as well as longer term agreements are in place with regard to research on infectious diseases including vaccine development and testing and disinfectant testing

Onderstepoort Biological Products (OBP): Vaccine development
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Merial (France)/Boehringer
Vetanco (Argentina)
ProtActivity (The Netherlands)

Universities, Research Institutions and Research Networks

Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
University of Bologna
University of Liverpool
James Cook University, Australia
Institute for Tropical Medicine (Belgium)
Instituto de Patobiologia Veterinaria CICVyA INTA-Castelar, Argentina / National Agricultural Technology Institute (Argentina)
Enhancing Research for Africa Network (ERFAN)
Southern African Center for Infectious Diseases Surveillance (SACIDS)

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