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.
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