National honour for UQ veterinary researcher

8 July 2016

A University of Queensland veterinary virologist who is playing a key role in reducing animal diseases in developing countries has received the prestigious Kesteven Medal at the national Australian Veterinary Association 2016 conference in Adelaide.

National honour for UQ veterinary researcher
Professor Jo Meers accepting her award at the recent AVA conference in Adelaide (Photo: UQ)

Associate Professor Joanne Meers of UQ’s School of Veterinary Science was awarded the medal for “distinguished contributions to international veterinary science by providing technical and scientific assistance to developing countries.”
Associate Professor Meers said she was honoured and humbled to receive the award.
Head of School Professor Glen Coleman congratulated Dr Meers and said her research brought further credit to the school, which this year celebrates its 80th anniversary.
“Joanne joined the university as a senior lecturer in veterinary virology in 2000, and was appointed Associate Professor in 2007. She is the school’s Director of Research and previously was our postgraduate coordinator.
“Her research has benefited people across the globe, from demonstrating the economic and biosecurity benefits of a thermostable Newcastle disease vaccine for chickens of smallholder farmers in Myanmar, to capacity building and the increased development of diagnostics of viral diseases of livestock, or to leading a greater understanding of the role domestic ducks play in avian influenza in Vietnam and Indonesia.”

UQ Veterinary School’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science Honours program

The vet program at the UQ Veterinary School is one of the most sought after in Australia, attracting the very best students and producing veterinarians that are in high demand, both domestically and internationally. The university’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science provides the broadest base in the biological sciences of any undergraduate course and provides a very wide range of career options as well as its professional qualifications, enabling graduates to practice veterinary medicine and surgery.
Program: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
Location: Gatton, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: UQ Veterinary School has a general application deadline of November 30; however, late applications may be accepted. Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

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