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.
Photographs speak louder than words - 22/07/2014
Rory du Plessis, Visual Cultural Studies lecturer in the University of Pretoria (UP)'s Department of Visual Arts, has just returned from a fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin. The awarded fellowship forms part of his interdisciplinary doctoral studies and was in the research cluster 'Encounters between Medicine, Literature, Philosophy and their Circulation in Public Debates'.
University of Pretoria celebrated Mandela Day in Hammanskraal - 22/07/2014
On Friday 18 July, staff from the University of Pretoria (UP) and members of the Morokolong community, Hammanskraal, converged at the Tshedimosetso Community Development Centre to celebrate Mandela Day. At the beginning of June, the Department of Facilities Management, in collaboration with the Department of University Relations, embarked on various projects to renovate the Centre.
Damage will rest where it falls if fracking goes ahead, UP professor of law warns - 21/07/2014
Prof Birgit Kuschke is talking about an issue few lawyers in South Africa focus on. Kuschke is one of a handful of legal academics who are working on issues regarding insurance against environmental damage. Having already worked on issues around genetically modified organisms, electromagnetic fields and toxic mould, her attention has now shifted to the legal effects of fracking. While many have voiced concern about the grievous effects fracking has on the environment, such as water damage and the migration of pollution, few have discussed the massive legal and financial ramifications, especially for the insurance industry.
UP Choirs excel at World Choir Games - 21/07/2014
The UP Youth Choir and the UP Camerata Choir participated in the World Choir Games, also known as the ‘Olympics for Choirs’, that was held in Riga, Latvia, from 9 to 14 July. Both choirs performed exceptionally well, bringing back a total of five gold medals between them.