University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science Veterinary Science was first established at UQ’s Yeerongpilly Farm in 1936 with an intake of just 7 students. Since that time the University of Queensland’s School of Veterinary Science (UQ-SVS) has graduated over 3000 veterinarians who have entered a broad range of related careers. In 1961, the School moved to the main UQ campus at St Lucia. By the end of the 20th century it was evident that further consolidation was necessary as the inner city St Lucia campus proved restrictive in size and educational emphasis. New, state of art facilities were completed in 2010, and are located on a 1068-hectare farm at the rural UQ Gatton campus. These are at world benchmark following UQ’s $95m redevelopment of veterinary facilities, along with the approximately $50m expended on campus-wide related facilities in the last 5 years. UQ-SVS is a leading educational provider in veterinary sciences with a strong international focus. We provide an internationally-accredited curriculum, developed and taught by internationally recognized research and clinical academics designed to address problems of global significance.
- UQ-SVS is the only veterinary school in the world to be able to claim as one of its graduates a Nobel Prize winner - Laureate Professor Peter Doherty AC.
- UQ-SVS has an outstanding record for high quality teaching and has attracted more national teaching awards within UQ than any other school.
- UQ-SVS has established the first and only Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics in Australia; and has established a Chair in this area.
- At the Gatton Campus, UQ-SVS has access to dairy, piggery, poultry and equine units and beef, sheep and goat herds all in one location. It has a newly built small animal hospital and equine hospital at the Gatton Campus and a mixed practice at Dayboro on the outskirts of Brisbane.
- UQ-SVS houses the Animal Genetics Laboratory, which provides genotyping and genetic analysis vital to the multi billion dollar cattle breeding industry and has close links with the UQ equine genetics research centre that maintains the integrity of horse breeding for the whole of Australia.
- UQ-SVS is home to the foundation herd of Droughtmaster cattle and played a vital and integral role in developing the herd. This is the third most common breed and an important bloodline in Queensland – the largest cattle producing state in Australia and an industry worth billions of dollars to the national economy.
- UQ-SVS plays an important role in the developing field of biosecurity and studies avian influenza, bat born viral diseases, West Nile virus and other diseases that put humans at risk. The first case of the Hendra Virus in horses was diagnosed at UQ. UQ-SVS has also been closely involved with the outbreak of Equine Influenza in Australia.
A large and diverse group of academic, clinical and support staff at UQ-SVS have established an outstanding record of teaching and research to benefit production, companion and wild animals, and of their owners’ interests, the community and relevant industry sectors. Major contributions have also been made in tropical/sub-tropical animal health and medicine. UQ-SVS has an active research program that underpins advanced learning while also providing ample opportunities for students to develop their research skills and the critical appraisal of data.
Laminitis: The Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit (AELRU)
within UQ-SVS has been a world leader in equine laminitis research since
the mid 1990s. The Unit’s work has led to changes in the clinical
approach and management of this important equine disease. Digital
hypothermia, a technique developed by AELRU, is now accepted and
practiced clinically world-wide as a preventative and first aid measure.
Bovine genetics: The Animal Genetics Laboratory’s (AGL)
successful development and commercialisation of an improved diagnostic
test for horn/poll status in Australian beef cattle is expected to
dramatically decrease the need for dehorning in northern Australia over
the next ten years, thereby improving this significant welfare issue.
Forensic genetics: The AGL assisted with a Qld Police investigation
into stock theft between 2009-2012, which resulted in a conviction. The
lab was included as part of the investigation team which was awarded a
Queensland Police Service ‘Excellence in Policing Award’ (Silver).
Genetic disease tests: The AGL has assisted the development and
commercialisation of a test for the genetic disease Developmental
Duplication in Angus cattle. The test helps Angus breeders to identify
carriers of the mutation.
Viral diseases of poultry in
developing countries: The thermotolerant I-2 Newcastle Disease vaccine
developed at UQ has had substantial impacts in more than 50 countries
around the world through the prevention of devastating impacts of
Newcastle Disease on village chickens, food security and income of the
rural poor in these countries. The I-2 vaccine was selected as one of 5
vaccines in a major UK initiative “Vaccines for control of neglected
animal diseases” to combat significant animal diseases in Africa.
Anthelmintic resistance: Research at UQ-SVS demonstrated anthelmintic
(anti-worm drug) resistance in a canine nematode, a finding that
expunged the myth that parasiticide resistance was only an issue for
intensive production animal systems. This work has refocussed veterinary
attention to the judicious use of anthelmintic drugs in companion
animals and has highlighted the threat of resistance developing to drugs
used in human health programmes.
Feline diabetes: Results of
UQ-SVS research into feline diabetes have been implemented world-wide.
An international web-based survey of 817 owners of diabetic cats
(majority in USA) showed that the most common diabetic management
protocol being used in veterinary practice was the protocol developed at
UQ-SVS involving a new long-acting insulin analogue and ultra-low
Marine mammals: Researchers in the School’s
Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Lab (CEAL) have conducted the official
population estimates on humpback whales populations that are used by the
Australian government and the International Whaling Commission for a
variety of purposes, including Australia’s recent case in the
International Court of Justice case against Japanese whaling. Research
on the impacts of seismic survey noise on humpback whales has led to
international recognition and is likely to have significant impacts
globally for the oil and gas industries and regulators of these
Transdermal drug delivery: This is a growing area of
veterinary pharmacology with potential impact on the welfare of animals
as well as convenience of drug administration. UQ-SVS School research
in this area includes topically-applied alternatives to mulesing in
sheep and development of formulations to control pain during routine
husbandry procedures in cattle.