News and Events

Discontools: New publications

I am pleased to draw your attention to the two papers that we have just published on the DISCONTOOLS website.

Please have a look at the ‘What’s new’ section to see the papers titled:

  1. ‘Approaches to the prioritisation of diseases to focus and prioritise research in animal health: A worldwide review of existing methodologies’ from WP 2
  2. ‘A methodology for identification and evaluation of New Technologies in Animal Health’ from WP.

CPD activities launced on AfriVIP


The following CPD activities are now available at a reduced price - please make use of this special offer:

High Impact Diseases: Contagious and vector-borne diseases

Animal Health Management

Drivers of emerging and re-emerging diseases

PhD Celebration at the Faculty of Veterinary Science

Six PhD students graduated from our Faculty on Friday, 11 April 2014.  Two days before the graduation we hosted a PhD celebration where each student had to give a 20 minute presentation on his/her thesis.  The celebration was attended by Prof Swan, supervisors, family members, academic staff and other postgraduate students. Each presentation was followed by questions from the audience and thereafter Prof Swan congratulated each student on obtaining his/her PhD.

New educational resources available

The following resources are now available:

CPD opportunities for these resources will be made available soon.

Aardvark and Pangolin Research Collaboration

In February 2014 a group of researchers from a number of organizations, including the University of Pretoria, University of the Free State, Tshwane University of Technology, the National Zoological Gardens, E Oppenheimer and Sons and the African Pangolin Working Group, met at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Onderstepoort, to discuss current and future research related to pangolin and aardvark. The purpose of the meeting was to establish who is currently involved and what research is being done on these two fascinating animals.

WSAVA Foundation Launches 'African Small Companion Animal Network'

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Foundation, which funds improvements in the veterinary care of companion animals worldwide through science and education, has unveiled a ground-breaking scheme to advance standards of veterinary care across Africa.

The 2014 Onderstepoort Pregnancy Diagnosis Challenge



“Breed’n Betsy vs Proefplaas Polly”

8 August -23 September 2014


Dr. Annett Heise ([email protected])
Dr. Dietmar Holm ([email protected])



The Department of Production Animal Studies wishes to acknowledge and thank the main sponsor Zoetis for their generous contribution towards educating the next generation of veterinarians.