University of Sydney Handbooks - 2012 Archive

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Welcome from the Dean

Dean of Veterinary Science, Professor Rosanne Taylor

Welcome to the Faculty of Veterinary Science, we are delighted that you, as a high achiever, have chosen to enrol in our programs. Your education with us will be transformative. We are committed to helping you realise your dreams of contributing to society as a veterinarian or animal scientist. The Faculty’s internationally accredited programs provide knowledge, skills and expertise to equip you for success in your chosen profession. You will learn from outstanding leaders in research and clinical practice alongside talented and committed students. As well as a rich and varied learning and co-curricular experience, you’ll find friends and colleagues for life.

At the University of Sydney you will experience quality, internationally recognised education in veterinary and animal science. Our excellence stems from a passionate commitment to the health, wellbeing and productivity of animals and recognizes the vital roles animals play in our lives. The remarkable achievements of our graduates who have made their mark in Australia and around the world, in veterinary practice, public service, animal and biomedical research, academia and the media provide the best advertisement for our programs. Please take up the challenge to develop your own leadership skills through academic and co-curricular activities such as our SOLE welcome program, and social, sport and cultural activities. We welcome your contributions as a student and an active alumnus.

Our University was founded in 1850, and maintains a proud tradition of excellence, leadership and contribution to our community. Our Faculty’s mix of heritage and new buildings on our Camperdown campus and our rural campus at Camden speak to our history and provide cutting edge facilities for teaching, research and clinical practice (be sure to visit our heritage Roundhouse). The Faculty recently celebrated its centenary of continuous world-class education and research and is preparing for our next century of success- I hope you will be part of this!

There are real benefits to be gained from learning from active researchers and teachers. Students participate in a broad range of research placements and projects, a vital part of the distinctive 'Sydney' experience. Internationally acclaimed Faculty research programs in animal health, production and welfare are creating solutions and rapidly advancing the creation and dissemination of knowledge.

Our Veterinary Teaching Hospitals provide world-class clinical services using the latest in technology for the care of small animals, wildlife, livestock and horses, and are the site for training the next generation of veterinary practitioners and specialists.

We regularly seek your feedback and strive for continual improvement with many faculty recognized awards for excellence.

Our staff are committed to creating innovative, effective learning experiences which incorporate global perspectives. Staff provide support and guidance with learning and the challenges of student life. Our Associate Dean for Students, two Sub-Deans for Student Welfare, your unit of study and year coordinators, the Faculty Manager and the supportive staff in the Faculty Office will help direct you with caring advice and support.

Graduates are entering the profession at an exciting time. Most veterinarians start their careers in clinical practice, however their broad knowledge and skills open up a wide range of careers in public practice, animal industries, food production, laboratory animal medicine and research. Graduates of the BAnVetBioSc enjoy excellent employment rates and starting salaries, contributing in a diverse range of animal industries, reproductive technology, biomedical research, genetics and nutrition. A commitment to lifelong learning and critical inquiry are distinctive features of Sydney graduates that stem from our passion for research, and self-improvement.

Once again, we are very pleased to have you with us, as part of our Faculty “family”. We are here to help you as you take the first steps on your journey to becoming a professional. You are a junior colleague, working with us on a noble and rewarding mission "the care, management and welfare of animals".

Professor Rosanne Taylor