Visit by Animal Health Australia

1 JANUARY 2003

Veterinary science facilities at Charles Sturt University (CSU) and collaborative research in animal production and health have recently been given a vote of confidence during a key visit to Wagga Wagga. The support for facilities, research and diagnostic scientists came from the Board of Animal Health Australia, a not-for-profit public company established by government and major national livestock industry organisations. The visit in early April included meetings with the Director of the EH Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, Professor Deirdre Lemerle, Head of the CSU School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Professor Kym Abbott, as well as Professor of Veterinary Parasitology, Professor Terry Spithill, and Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology, Professor Nicholas Sangster, who organised the visit. “The Board was particularly interested in the construction of the University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory,” said Professor Abbott. “The laboratory will make a critical contribution to the Australian Animal Health Laboratory Network, by virtue of its location, facilities, staff and the opportunities it will offer to educate the next generation of veterinary pathobiologists.” Ongoing discussions are planned between Animal Health Australia and CSU during the $8.2 million construction of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory during 2009.

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