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Department of Production Animal Studies

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.

POSTGRADUATE DEGREES

PRODUCTS:

The following products are available from the Department, please contact Ellen Goosen:

Famacha and Five Point Check Kits:  Lana Botha 


Semen evaluation by Johan Nöthling (Audiovisual on DVD)

Equine reproduction supplies

Semen stains and extenders                                                     

Oestrous monitoring in the bitch (Visual presentation on CD)     

Student notes as per request (on CD)

 

 

News

UP conducts validation trial for IDEXX’s new pregnancy test for cows - 17/10/2014
From Department of Production Animal Studies

Improved pregnancy rates among cattle mean greater profitability for dairy and beef farmers. IDEXX, an international company dealing with diagnostic products in animal health, recently approached the University of Pretoria with a request to conduct a project to assist in devising reliable, cost-effective methods for diagnosing pregnancy in cattle. This led to the bovine pregnancy test validation trial, which is being conducted in the South African dairy industry.

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