The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences hosted a community open day at the Dookie campus on Wednesday 18 October 2017 to engage the local community, industry and stakeholders in the Goulburn Valley.
Around 300 visitors were able to see demonstrations of research based at Dookie and the Faculty's other campuses, learn about our courses and see the recently upgraded Swinburne Hall and A Dorm, where Bachelor of Agriculture students in the Dookie Semester have been based this semester.
Swinburne Hall was officially opened by Deputy Chancellor Ross McPherson in a ceremony attended by University Executive. The Executive also attended an engagement lunch with Faculty staff and local VIPs where Faculty Dean John Fazakerley and Provost Margaret Sheil presented on the Faculty and University's commitment to the campus, and to the Goulburn Valley.
The 90 Bachelor of Agriculture and Diploma in General Studies students based at the campus guided visitors and gave presentations on what they had learned at the campus.
A gallery of photos from the day by local photographer Liz Arcus is available here.
Other Dookie Day highlights included:
- Demonstrations of drones that monitor plant health by Sigfredo Fuentes and Engineering's Rodger Young
- Weed control with microwaves instead of pesticides, by Graham Brodie
- Tours of the robotic dairy Demonstrations of the Faculty's sensory testing sensory testing technology
- A research showcase to demonstrate Parkville and Werribee-based research, teaching and veterinary clinical services
- Tastings of beer and wine made at the Dookie winery, including a gold medal-winning shiraz brewed by students in the 2016 Vine to Wine breadth subject
- Seminars on mastitis control, preventing footrot in sheep, sheep progeny evaluation and farm investment by Faculty staff and experts aligned with the Faculty.
Story by Stuart Winthrope. Banner image: Student volunteers and Dookie campus Director Ros Gall, following the event. Photo: Liz Arcus Photogaphy.