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Botswana College of Agriculture
Private Bag 0027
Gaborone, Botswana
Phone: +267 - 3650100
Fax: +267 - 3928753
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The Department of Animal Science Production is made up of five units, Animal Clinic, Diagnostic Lab, Field Lab, Nutritional Lab and Student Enterprise Project



  • Livestock produce marketing and trade

The success of the livestock sector like other sectors of the economy depends on the availability of livestock markets and secure trade chains. There is need to research and keep abreast with new developments in this important area.

Animal Health

 Pre, para and clinical research of domesticated and wild animals for the enhancement of health and sustainable productivity

Preamble

Domestic animals in Botswana are afflicted by a wide range of diseases and conditions that affect their health, welfare, products and productivity negatively. Research at pre, para and clinical levels is important in order to understand their etiological agents, epidemiology, physio-pathology, clinical and preventative management. Some of the diseases from the wild and domesticated animals are transmitted to man in a variety of ways including ingestion of contaminated animal products. There is need therefore to research in a number of issues based on the current departmental expertise.

  • Evaluation and characterization of physiological and anatomical adaptations of animals

Nature provides selection of animals that can survive in a specific area. Studying the anatomy and physiology of wild animals provide an indication of the best strategies that the animals use, for instance, to mitigate against periods of food and water scarcity. Man has attempted to do further selection systematically or non-systematically to enhance natural selection in the domesticated animal species. Acceptability of a selected animal by farmers requires a full description and demonstration of the best attributes shown by the animal. The available information adds great commercial value to the genetic pool of such an animal.

  • Improvement of health of large and small animal

Animals must be free from diseases for the efficient production of meat, milk, eggs and other livestock products. There is a need to study diseases that limit the productivity of livestock so as to control such diseases. These diseases include bacterial, viral, parasitic and those transmitted by ticks such as heartwater.

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