UQ vet students learn about farm biosecurity

17 August 2015

Farm biosecurity planning has been included for the first time into the UQ Veterinary School course curriculum to improve outcomes for farms and animals across the country.

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Farm biosecurity planning has been included in the UQ Veterinary School course curriculum

Catering to the diverse biosecurity needs, regulatory requirements and industry standards of practice in the many different sectors in the livestock production system can be challenging even for the most experienced veterinarians.
From large-scale, multi-property commercial enterprises to hobby farmers looking after a lifestyle block, there are a number of measures that can be to put in place to mitigate biosecurity risks.
The University of Queensland and the Livestock Biosecurity Network has focused on biosecurity risks by adding an inventive activity to the third-year Bachelor of Veterinary Science program curriculum.
Livestock Biosecurity Network Regional Officer Dr Sarah-Jane Wilson said the focus was on putting measures in place to mitigate risks on smaller scale farms.
Both the University of Queensland and the Livestock Biosecurity Network acknowledge teaching biosecurity is a cornerstone of veterinary programs, but said they were looking for another way to capture students’ imaginations, encouraging problem solving and communication through the use of fictional case studies filled with errors.
The vet students were quick to spot the mistakes and were able to present the information in a way that the average hobby farmer could understand and use.

UQ Veterinary School’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) program

The Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours), offered at the UQ Gatton Campus, is one of the most sought after programs in Australia, attracting the very best students and producing veterinarians that are in high demand both in Australia and around the world.
The program has full accreditation with the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK) and the American Veterinary Medical Association ensuring that the program is quality assured to world’s best practice in veterinary education. This also means that UQ graduates are able to practice in most countries including Australia, New Zealand, UK, Hong Kong and most countries in Asia. In addition, veterinary science graduates are eligible to sit the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam without a credentialing process.
Program: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
Location: Gatton, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 5 years

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