The Onderstepoort Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Onderstepoort was formerly known as the Blood Typing Laboratory and changed to DNA typing in 2001. The laboratory is a service-driven and self-funding unit and is run on current and general business principles. It fulfils various roles including an academic support role for postgraduate students interested in applied veterinary genetics, research of genetic diseases in various animals and development of tests and protocols that can be applied in the service division.
The service division consists mainly of a DNA profiling and parentage testing component, forensic DNA testing in animals, testing of specific genetic diseases and traits in animals, genotyping for population analysis and some pathogen testing of equines via the laboratories association with the Equine Research Centre.
The Vision and Mission of the OPVGL:
To provide a DNA typing service that exceeds the requirements of the customer in terms of efficiency and quality, based on veterinary principles and considering the animal and its environment holistically.
To maintain an annual growth rate in terms of services rendered and technical competency that reflects the international developments in the field of veterinary genomic and diagnostic genetics.
To support and promote the welfare and wellbeing of animals by providing a forensic testing service and by research in the area of genetic disease, pathogen detection and population analysis.
To provide an environment in which staff and selected students can develop and use various skills to contribute to the overall objectives of the laboratory and promote the University of Pretoria locally and internationally in the field of applied veterinary genetics .
To contribute to the training of veterinarians in the rapidly expanding science of molecular genetics and provide an up-to-date DNA testing service to the Veterinary Faculty and practicing veterinarians.
Unifying pathology and laboratory medicine in the era of P4 medicine - 30/09/2014
The 54th International Congress of the Federation of South African Societies of Pathology, which was proudly co-hosted by the University of Pretoriaís Department of Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences, recently took place at the purpose-built CSIR International Convention Centre. The organising committee was mindful of the prestige of the conference and put together a superb programme for this forum and gathering of pathologists and scientists in laboratory medicine from both the public and the private sector.
Mail and Guardian chooses UP scientists as the voices of science - 29/09/2014
The newspaper Mail & Guardian (M&G) is running a six-month project called Science Voices, which aims to help postgraduate science students to present their academic writing in a language that is understandable and enjoyable for the general public to read. Postgraduate students submitted their articles to M&G and top articles were selected and published. Two PhD candidates and one MSc candidate from UPís Institutional Research Theme (IRT) on Food, Nutrition and Well-being were selected for this prestigious profile supplement published by M&G.
Mammal Research Institute Annual Southern Right Whale Survey - 29/09/2014
The Mammal Research Institute of the University of Pretoria will start flying their 36th annual helicopter survey of the Southern Capeís right whale population on 29 September this year; a survey that will be generously sponsored by four offshore oil and gas companies namely; ExxonMobil Exploration and Production South Africa Limited, Impact Africa Limited, The Petroleum Oil And Gas Corporation of South Africa (SOC) Ltd, and Thombo Petroleum Limited.
Castle Lager, Mark Boucher and the Veterinary Genetics Lab put rhinos in safe hands - 19/09/2014
Cricket icon Mark Boucher is not only a champion sportsman, but also someone who is committed to playing his part to protect rhinos from extinction. After retiring from cricket, he partnered with Castle Lager to set up the Castle Lager Boucher Legacy Ė Rhino in Safe Hands. Boucher chose to specifically support UPís Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) and aims to raise enough money to register all South Africaís rhinos onto the DNA database of the VGL, known as RhODIS.