Dr. Thobela Nkukwana is currently a Researcher: Poultry Nutrition at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC). The position involves engaging public and private sector stakeholders in poultry nutrition research, as well supervision of post-graduate students in collaboration with universities; as well as providing technical advice to poultry farmers. Her research interests are on promoting transparency and traceability towards safer production of poultry meat and eggs.
Dr. Thobela Nkukwana obtained her BSc degree (Animal Science Production) at the University of the North, Turfloop (now Limpopo). She then embarked on her MSc degree in Poultry Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, supervised by the world renowned and A-rated poultry scientist Prof. Rob Gous. As a student,she has worked as a Research Assistant at Ukulinga, UKZN. After obtaining her MSc, she worked as an Animal Nutritionist at NuTecSA (Pty) in Pietermaritzburg. She has also worked as a lecturer at the University of Fort Hare, a career move spanning nine years.
It was during her tenure at UFH that she embarked on her doctoral studies as part of the NRF capacity building initiative under the PhD track. The PhD was done in collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch. Dr Nkukwana progressed through the University ranks and held the post of Head of Department (Poultry Science) and also served as a member of Senate, Institutional Forum and Council for three years. She has published widely in international, peer reviewed journals, and one of her papers is currently ranked fourth amongst the Top 25 Hottest Articles in the Livestock Science Journal.