The South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS) was formerly known as the South African Society of Animal Production (SASAP). The Society was founded on April 28, 1961. However, the idea of establishing a South African association was conceived some years before that, when the late Wim Verbeek and Danie Joubert (both Ph.D. students at the time) met in a tea room in Petty Cury Lane, Cambridge, on September 21, 1954. With the aid of the late Drs FN Bonsma and Gideon N Louw, the foursome formulated the first objectives and statutes and prepared the way that eventually lead to the foundation meeting.
True to our slogan, Experiencia docet, our mission is to advance animal science and promote viable animal production systems, while sustaining natural resources and the environment and thereby to serve in the interests of human welfare. The emphasis and focus are on relevant issues pertaining to the southern African region. The scope of our interests includes all facets of the husbandry of farm livestock species (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry, ostriches and horses) including the products derived from them (meat, milk and dairy products, wool, mohair, leather and eggs) as well as relevant aspects of aquatic and wildlife species. The main disciplines of interest are nutrition, genetics, physiology, meat science, wool science and pasture science. Sociological and managerial aspects of well-defined livestock production and farming systems are also of interest.
SASAS has various activities to serve the members of the Society including the South African Journal of Animal Science (SAJAS) that provides a platform for local and international animal scientists to publish their scientific research in a peer-reviewed journal. SAJAS has a dedicated editor to ensure an effective process for publishing high quality and relevant research to Southern Africa and subtropical regions of the world.
Requirements and eligibility
The applicant shall be at least a student member of the Society (apply electronically) who has graduated at a South African university. (Nationality is not a restriction).
The candidate must have qualified with at least a BSc (Agric.) in Animal Science or Animal Production.
The applicant shall be a postgraduate student who must be registered to do an Honours or a Masters degree in Animal Science / Animal Production at a South African university.
The applicant shall undertake to complete the Honours degree within two (2) years and the Masters degree within four (4) years.
In the case where the student fails to complete his study, SASAS reserves the right to claim the total amount plus ten per cent (10%) interest from the recipient. (Upon recommendation from promoter)
Due recognition of the bursary must be given in the thesis and in any publication accruing from the study.
How to apply
Complete the application found in the application link and obtain the supporting documents. These must be physically handed into The Secretary, SASAS, PO Box 13884, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria or emailed to email@example.com.
The supporting documents consist of:
A certified copy of the graduation certificate for degrees already acquired by the applicant.
A certified copy of an official statement of all subjects and symbols already completed, undergraduate as well as postgraduate as applicable.