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The University of Pretoria is the leading research intensive university in South Africa and one of the largest in the country. It has seven campuses as well as a number of other sites of operation and offers more than 1 800 academic programmes in nine faculties, as well as a business school.
Since 1996, the University of Pretoria became the university with the highest research output in South Africa. The UP is at the forefront of tertiary education in the country and collaborates with world-class partners.
Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria
The Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Pretoria is one of 46 veterinary faculties in Africa and the only one of its kind in South Africa. It is the second oldest faculty in Africa, dating back to the early 1920’s.
In order to fulfil its mission, the Faculty has 5 academic departments responsible for teaching, research and service rendering. These activities are further facilitated by well-developed support services provided by an academic hospital, various departmental laboratories, general and student administrative sections, a teaching animal unit and a number of research centres and chairs. The Veterinary Academic Hospital provides state of the art facilities for the clinical departments.
The Faculty offers an undergraduate veterinary degree programme and a veterinary nursing diploma programme as well as a variety of postgraduate degree programmes for local as well as international students and chairs. Graduates of the Faculty enjoy national and international recognition.
The Collaborating Centre for Training in Integrated Livestock and Wildlife Health and Management, the first Centre of its kind in Africa, is also part of the Faculty.
Since May 2009, the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) has recognized the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria and its 5 consortium partners as a Collaborating Centre for Training in Integrated Livestock and Wildlife Health and Management.
One of the major roles of the OIE Collaborating Centre is to assist the OIE in developing and offering online training opportunities for veterinarians and para-veterinary professionals in the management and health of livestock and wildlife with special emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. The training follows an integrated approach linking animal and human health, animal production, marketing and trade of animals and their products, land-use options, rural development, conservation and environmental or ecosystem health. An online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) platform and a modular primarily web-based MSc (Animal/Human/Ecosystem Health) have been developed. These training opportunities support the building of capacity of a new generation of professionals to meet the challenges and issues at the livestock / wildlife / human / ecosystem interface (One Health approach).
Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Antwerp, Belgium
The Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium (ITM) is one of the world's leading institutes for training, research and assistance in tropical medicine and health care in developing countries. It works with many scientific institutions, governments and organisations all over the world for a long-lasting improvement of health care and disease control in developing countries. The ITM houses three scientific departments, a specialised outpatient clinic and various support services.
Afrivet, South Africa
Afrivet is a truly Southern African empowered company with its focus firmly on providing stock owners with affordable, cost-effective products, scientifically proven for South African conditions. It was established in 2000 by Dr Peter Oberem.
OER Africa is an innovative initiative established by the South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide) to play a leading role in driving the development and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) across all education sectors on the African continent. It focuses on the development of OER in the following thematic areas: agriculture, health education, foundation courses and teacher education.