Welcome to the Department of Production Animal Studies
The Department of Production Animal Studies is subdivided according to activities. These divisions are:
The Animal Production and Ethology Section is responsible for the presentation of courses in basic animal production, welfare and animal handling
The Epidemiology Section deals with all aspects of veterinary epidemiology
The Herd Health Section visits various production animal farms and empowers students to practice preventive medicine
The Production Animal Clinical Section takes care of the medical and surgical production animal cases in the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital and surrounding communities
The Reproduction section teaches students about reproductive disorders and biotechnology in all species. Specialists in the section supply a service to farmers and breeders
The Poultry Reference Centre deals with all aspects of poultry health and production in close association with the poultry industry
The Department has a close working relationship with the Centre for Veterinary Wildlife Studies which coordinates all research and teaching activities in the Faculty related to indigenous wildlife with the emphasis on conservation and game ranching.
In addition to training veterinarians and veterinary nurses the Department of Production Animal Studies offers a range of services and products to the veterinary profession, the agricultural sector, government, the pharmaceutical industry, and the public. The summary which follows illustrates the scope of these activities.
Sedibeng Water and UP - 15/09/2014
On 9 September 2014, UP’s Department of Chemical Engineering hosted the launch of the Sedibeng Water Chair in Water Utilisation Engineering. This is a research collaboration initiative between UP and Sedibeng Water. It was attended by key industry players and UP staff. Key addresses were delivered by UP’s Prof Roelf Sandenbergh, Prof Philip de Vaal, Prof Evans Chirwa and Mr R Takalani, Director: Corporate Services and Acting Chief Executive from Sedibeng Water.
UP to collaborate on project to address hunger and undernutrition - 12/09/2014
The University of Pretoria (UP) will be one of the institutions collaborating in a series of projects representing the best ideas and strategies from around the world to address hunger and undernutrition in some of the world’s most unforgiving agricultural regions. The selected projects, which will be funded by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet, will contribute towards improving food security, household resilience and private-sector growth in Ethiopia, Senegal and Niger through the enhancement of production and value-added product development.