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- Sustainable agriculture leader Timothy Reeves appointed Professor in Residence at Dookie campus
The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences has appointed Professor Timothy Reeves as its first Professor in Residence at the Dookie agricultural campus in the Goulburn Valley.
- Equine infectious disease expert selected to lead veterinary clinical sciences at the University of Melbourne
The next Head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the Melbourne Veterinary School will be equine infectious disease expert Professor Josh Slater.
- Conserving biodiversity to safeguard our future
The new head of the Melbourne Veterinary School at the University of Melbourne, Professor Anna Meredith, says humanity's future depends on a balanced ecosystem.
- Listen: How to anaesthetise a fish, keep a lizard in shape and other important skills for a zoo vet
In this podcast Dr Kath Adriaanse, veterinary resident at Melbourne Zoo, takes us on a tour of the zoo and shares some of the tricks of her trade – including how to anaesthetise a fish.
- Thursday 6:15pmFree public lecture: DC Blood Oration presented by Professor Norman Williamson
- Dog blood saves sick cat's life ahead of opening of new feline blood bank
Vets at the University of Melbourne’s U-Vet Hospital in Werribee say an emergency dog-to-cat blood transfusion highlights the need to have cat blood on hand for cats like Rex, who would have died w...
- Herd mentality: Norm Williamson’s multi-faceted career
A breakthrough that lead to better health programs for cattle launched Norm Williamson’s multi-faceted career
- Small farms and China’s reliance on agricultural chemicals
University of Melbourne research has found China's overuse of agricultural chemicals like fertilisers and pesticides is linked to its number of small farms.
- Award recognises innovative climate change and soil science research
Dr Shu Kee (Raymond) Lam, a Research Fellow in Climate Change and Biogeochemistry in the School of Agriculture and Food, has received an ICM Agrifood Award from the Australian Academy of Technology...
- Alumnus and honorary staff member receives OAM for service to veterinary sciences
Equine veterinarian Dr Angus McKinnon has received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to veterinary science, particularly equine reproduction.
- Staff visit Indonesia for poultry diagnostics transfer project
Professors Glenn Browning and Amir Noormohammadi conducted veterinary student seminars, workshops and round-table meetings in Indonesia with researchers and their poultry industry partners as part ...
- Herbert Kronzucker commences as Head of the School of Agriculture and Food
Leading plant scientist Professor Herbert Kronzucker has joined the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences as Head of the School of Agriculture and Food.
- Call for donors: cats to help other cats at new feline blood bank
The University of Melbourne’s U-Vet Animal Hospital in Werribee has launched a life-saving new feline blood bank.
- Students visit Dookie to learn about careers and science in agriculture
The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences hosted 190 secondary school students from northern Victoria at its Dookie campus on Friday 25 May, giving them the opportunity to explore careers...
- Delta Therapy Dogs visit Melbourne to promote mental health for vets
More than 180 first and second-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) students took a welcome opportunity to unwind, relax and enjoy canine companionship as part of the 2018 University Mental Hea...
- Sunday10:00amDookie Day 2018
- Dookie apples for sale
Look out for the apple truck near Union House, Parkville Campus on Thursday 24 May, 10am-4pm (unless sold out).
- If we could talk to the animals
Animals, like people, are more productive when they are treated well; a University of Melbourne researcher finds it also benefits the people who work with them
- Investigation into diseases and diet in pet dogs
Diet has a significant impact on pet health, just as it does in humans.
- Listen: What are some of the big changes and challenges agriculture is facing in the 21st century?
On Thursday 26 April, Professor Mark Howden delivered a public lecture to a full auditorium on how agriculture is changing in the 21st century, and what changes are still needed to limit and adapt ...
- University celebrates local wildlife and landscape in Goulburn Valley art project
The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences has sponsored two murals in Goorambat, a town between Dookie and Benalla in the Goulburn Valley, as part of an art proj...
- Eleanor Mackie appointed Chair of top Australian research evaluation committee
Professor Eleanor Mackie has been selected as Chair of the Biological and Biotechnological Sciences Research Evaluation Committee by the Australian Research Council (ARC).
- New tool to raise welfare standards on Australian farms
A new program designed to improve animal welfare standards on Australian farms is being launched tomorrow at the Australian Cattle Veterinarians conference in Fremantle, Western Australia.
- Freezing frog cells for conservation
For the first time, Australian frog cells have been successfully frozen and re-grown in culture, offering hope of a new technique to safeguard endangered amphibians.
- Melbourne rankings for agriculture and veterinary science improve in 2018
The Faculty is now ranked 15 in the world for veterinary science, and 28 for agriculture.
- Christina Marth receives Dairy Australia award
Melbourne Veterinary School researcher and tutor Christina Marth received the Dairy Australia Award at the ABARES Outlook 2018 conference for research to help producers identify cows that may have ...
- Enlisting nanoparticles in the fight against superbugs
University of Melbourne bio-engineers have developed a material made from nanoparticles that can fight antibiotic-resistant superbugs like Golden Staph.
- Vet students treat ponies in Gili Islands
On the Gili Islands, our vets and students provided veterinary care for a remarkable group of horses work very hard to provide essential transport for people, supplies and more.
- How to prevent cities from drying up
The water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa is a warning to the world, but University of Melbourne experts explain how it doesn't have to be this way.
- Raw chicken linked to paralysis in dogs
University of Melbourne vets have found a link between eating raw chicken and a paralysing condition in dogs, advising owners to stick with regular dog food.
- Putting science into practice with an ag degree
With an employment rate near 90 per cent for graduates, there’s a career for everyone in agriculture.
- A paw in need
Therapy dogs have supported young people experiencing homelessness in a pilot being assessed by a University of Melbourne expert on homelessness and its causes.
- Study hard, don’t get bitten and more hard-to-implement advice
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student Jess has enjoyed getting out of the lecture theatre and meeting the weird and wonderful members of the animal kingdom.
- Conservation and wildlife medicine leader to head University of Melbourne veterinary education and research
Professor Anna Meredith will assume the role of Head of the Melbourne Veterinary School in July 2018.
- Challenges and rewards of an international vet placement
New graduate Gemma Cartwright put her veterinary skills to use in the Cook Islands during her degree.
- New technology applications for agriculture and viticulture
Since 2012, the Vineyard of the Future initiative at the University of Melbourne has worked to establish a fully-instrumented vineyard using technology like drones, remote sensors, and apps.
- Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital joins the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne
The Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital has been purchased by the University of Melbourne to enhance the clinical experience in equine medicine, surgery and reproduction for students completing the int...
- New fellowship promotes food waste reuse in agriculture
In a new research project, animal scientist Kristy DiGiacomo aims to reduce food waste while decreasing the economic and environmental cost of lamb and sheep meat production.
- Listen: Soils as living systems – the 2017 Leeper Lecture
Tony O'Donnell explained the unusual character of Western Australia's Yilgarn Craton – one of the world’s oldest land masses and the site of the state's wheat belt – and its effects on the soil mic...
- Why cats obsess over Christmas trees
Cats and Christmas trees equals one big playpen, but a University of Melbourne expert says it's the tree that will come off worst in the ensuing mayhem.
- The changing disease climate
As climate change gives tropical diseases new opportunities to spread, University of Melbourne veterinary epidemiologists watch for patterns in animal disease.
- Researchers earn promotions for excellence in nutritional physiology, immunology and zoonotic disease
Three staff of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne have been promoted to full professor.
- Student-made Dookie wine wins gold medal at Rutherglen
The "Bertie" 2016 Shiraz, made by students under the supervision of experienced viticulturists at the Dookie campus winery, has taken the gold medal at the 129th Annual Rutherglen Wine Show.
- Farming the future
From robots and drones, to microwaves and genes, University of Melbourne's agriculture campus at Dookie is tackling the challenges facing a changing farm sector
- Internship to employment: bringing fresh eyes to the workplace
An internship is an opportunity for both the company and the intern. That has been the lesson for Lisa Boyle, a senior scientist in Mondelēz Australia’s Consumer Science division and her intern-tur...
- Listen: Molecular Biology of Parasites and its Implications
Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor Robin Gasser gave a well-attended Dean’s Lecture on Thursday 26 October at Trinity College Gateway Building, titled Molecular Biology of Parasites and its Impl...
- New project to aid detection of poultry diseases in Indonesia
Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences staff will collaborate with Indonesian poultry experts to develop diagnostic technologies that can be transferred into Indonesian laboratories.
- Listen: Can food labelling help create more sustainable food systems?
Listen to a dynamic panel of experts, who explore this question through case studies of food labelling for sustainably sourced fish, free range animal products and products containing palm oil.
- Dookie Day celebrates agricultural campus teaching and research
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 Gou...
- U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital and Werribee campus redevelopment
A $63 million redevelopment will enhance facilities for pet treatment and training for future veterinarians at the University of Melbourne’s U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital and Werribee campus.
- Mackinnon Project shares knowledge on agricultural investment
Over 70 people attended a seminar day on investment in agriculture hosted by the Mackinnon Project at the University of Melbourne’s Werribee campus on 28 September.
- Listen: Linking the health of people, animals and the environment to address global challenges
In this DC Blood Oration, Professor Michael Lairmore, the Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at University of California - Davis, examines how an emerging approach termed One Health is uniti...
- Faculty consults with key agriculture curriculum stakeholders
The Faculty provided a curriculum update to key stakeholders on Tuesday 22 August.
- New grants to improve students' communication, teamwork and critical thinking
Staff in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences were successful in four Learning and Teaching Initiative (LTI) grant applications in the 2017 round.
- Robin Gasser receives Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor title
Professor Robin Gasser has been awarded the title of Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor for his outstanding contribution to research at the University of Melbourne.
- Animal Welfare Science Centre appoints new Director
The Board of the Animal Welfare Science Centre (AWSC) has announced Professor Andrew Fisher has accepted its invitation to become Director.
- Guts of the matter
Marshall Lightowlers, Robin Gasser and Rebecca Traub and their teams have worked for years to develop effective treatments and strategies to control parasites.
- Two FVAS alumni recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours
Alumni from the Faculty's Melbourne Veterinary School and School of Agriculture and Food received Queen's Birthday Honours for 2017.
- Veterinary alumni gather in Melbourne for AVA conference
Over 40 University of Melbourne Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) alumni met in Melbourne for a reception during the 2017 AVA Annual Conference.
- Soil pollution and remediation research centre established
A new research centre led by University of Melbourne scientists aims to solve the challenges pollution and soil degradation poses to food production around the world.
- Gift lightens a student's burden
A family’s commitment to helping others has enabled a young student to focus on her studies
- BGI and FVAS expand human and animal health collaboration
A new agreement will enable research which supports the discovery of treatments and diagnostics for pathogens and disease.
- The first female Bachelor of Agriculture graduate, 100 years later
Irene Lowe took pride saying she was the first woman in the southern hemisphere to complete a degree in agricultural science.
- Siding with the animals
Dr Liz Walker has found a position she loves, as Chief Executive Officer of RSPCA Victoria.
- A voice of reason guides the way
Masters student Jemma McDougall believes she hit the jackpot when Nick Sher came into her life to offer guidance
- Job opportunities for ag grads continue growth
Bachelor of Agriculture students explored the wide range of careers available to agriculture graduates in an industry event on 27 April 2017
- Government awards work on genetic control of flystrike
Parasitology researcher Clare Anstead has received the Australian Wool Innovation Award at the 2017 Science Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
- Cutting-edge technology to improve agricultural research
Twenty early-and mid-career agricultural researchers learned how to build mobile apps for data collection in international development projects and how to pass these skills to their colleagues in a...
- Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences appoints new Heads of School
The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences has appointed Professors Ted Whittem and Mohan Singh to lead the Melbourne Veterinary School and School of Agriculture and Food.
- Keeping pets safe in the festive season
Christmas can be exciting and full of treats for us, but full of new dangers for pets warns veterinarian Dr Leonie Richards from the University of Melbourne’s U-Vet clinic in Werribee.
- Rebecca Traub receives Bill & Melinda Gates grant for groundbreaking global health research
Congratulations to Associate Professor Rebecca Traub, whose new Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded research is expected to improve access to diagnosis in remote areas of developing countries at...
- Professor John Fazakerley, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary and...
Professor John Fazakerley, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences delivered this public lecture at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville Campus on Thursday 22 September.
- Snakes, crocodiles and goannas – Melbourne vets treat wildlife in the Northern Territory
They may have graduated 16 years apart, but Melbourne veterinary science alumni Stephen Cutter and Ella Richardson found a shared interest in Australian wildlife and treating dogs in Indigenous co...
- Agriculture and commerce alumni draw inspiration from family’s fields of gold
Alicia Cain and her brothers Peter and Matthew turned their father’s renowned oat farm into fields of gold when the trio saw the potential of his produce as an artisanal product.
- Pig vaccine developed by Melbourne's Marshall Lightowlers could reduce epilepsy in humans
A vaccine to combat tapeworms in pigs developed by the University of Melbourne’s Professor Marshall Lightowlers, Indian Immunological Limited and the Global Alliance for Veterinary Medicine, could ...
- Melbourne vet alumna appointed Massey Vice-Chancellor - Massey University
Professor Jan Thomas, a Melbourne Master of Veterinary Studies alumna with an international reputation for her teaching, research and academic leadership will be the next vice-chancellor of Massey ...
- Melbourne alumni among spring racing's women of influence
The Weekly Review interviews women in the racing industry in its latest issue, including University of Melbourne veterinary medicine alumna and former staff member Grace Forbes.
- Melbourne students receive Rural Finance scholarships
University of Melbourne students Dale Hinkley and Kate Methven have been awarded Rural Finance Scholarships in this year’s round. The scholarship gives Victorian agriculture students financial and...
- Why does a broken leg mean death to a racehorse?
If you break your leg, it will be painful and debilitating but in most cases you can recover with treatment.
- Melbourne leads Australia in nation’s first animal welfare judging competition
Animal welfare judging competition in full swing! @HazelSJ @FVASunimelb #AWJC #AWSC @ZoosVictoria pic.twitter.com/4Pd2z5cAhE
- Wool classer in the making
Second-year Bachelor of Agriculture student Xavier Carew was originally interested in agronomy, but after being part of the University of Melbourne’s competition-winning sheep judging team, he’s co...
- Frank Dunshea receives Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor title
Professor Frank Dunshea has been awarded the title of Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor by the University of Melbourne.
- The sound of female elephants could drive away crop-raiding males
Research by Evan Bittner (pictured above) has shown recordings of the cries and trumpets of female elephants can be played through speakers to prevent crops from being raided by bull elephants.
- Media Release: Funding boost to improve horse and rider safety
University of Melbourne researchers will seek to reduce the risk of racehorse fatalities on the track as part of a $5.25 million funding commitment from the Victorian Government and Racing Victoria.
- Unimelb v Marcus Oldham - Aussie Rules Showdown
“Men’s and women’s football teams made up of University of Melbourne and Marcus Oldham College agriculture students went toe-to-toe in two games in Parkville.”
- GM pastures tipped as the way forward.
“University of Melbourne professor Kevin Smith spoke at the WAFarmers annual dairy conference last week about GM pasture research and the opportunity it presents for dairy farmers in Australia, as ...
- University of Melbourne at forefront of agriculture science
While Sam’s interest in agriculture comes from working on his father’s sheep and dryland cropping farm, he is also interested in agronomy, efficient fertiliser use and how technology can make Austr...
- Ag alumna grows her interest
“Claudia Gerbert undertook the Bachelor of Agriculture at Melbourne.
- DVM Student Pioneers Sheep Stud
“The use of Corriedales in agricultural teaching programs by several Mornington Peninsula schools has sparked the setting up of three mini-studs in the region.
- Diploma in General Studies opening doors for students
Current University of Melbourne Bachelor of Agriculture student Carl Young is one of the many who are benefiting. Carl grew up helping his parents maintain a large market garden growing baby salads...
- Food security, healthy animals and people our focus: says new Dean
Acclaimed virologist and academic Professor John Fazakerley has today commenced his role as Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne.
- Animal welfare gets a boost from SA partnership
Two South Australian research partners have joined the Animal Welfare Science Centre (AWSC) to make the Centre one of the world’s largest animal welfare focused research groups.
- U-Vet equine vets help baby elephant stand.
The two-and-a-half weeks old animal was able to stand for a short period of time after medical staff removed casts from its front legs.
- Drones, they’ll change the way we live
Today they’re watching over the farmyard and vineyard, tomorrow they could be delivering books to your doorstep and coffee to your desk – the possibilities are seemingly endless
- More than just strong bones
While cheese is notorious for its saturated fat content, research shows a diet high in dairy calcium leads to lower cholesterol and healthy heart function
- Close to the bone: The case for remodelling racehorse training
Racehorse training regimens are not giving horses' bones enough rest time, leading to poor performance and greater risk of deadly injuries.
- Scientists decode sheep blowfly genome
University of Melbourne scientists are leading an international SWAT team in the fight against millions of raiders attacking an important farming industry.
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Welcome to one of Australia’s leading veterinary hospitals
U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital - University of Melbourne is one of Australia’s leading veterinary hospital facilities, based in Werribee.
We provide veterinary care to the community via our general practice (primary and preventative care), a suite of specialist referral services, 24 hour emergency and critical care services, and specialist referral equine services.
Emergency and critical care
Dedicated and highly qualified staff
Our team of caring and highly-qualified veterinary staff treat over 23,000 animals each year supported by dedicated veterinary nurses, specialist technicians and administrative staff. We employ over 40 registered veterinarians from interns to veterinary specialists.
Total animal care
As well as our general practice, we provide access to specialist veterinary services in surgery, medicine, anaesthesia, medical imaging, emergency and critical care, neurology, clinical pathology, dermatology, cardiology and equine management.
Emergency department, open all hours
Our emergency and critical care department is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is supported by contemporary diagnostic capabilities and on-site pathology laboratories, which enable us to promptly diagnose and manage complex, involved and unusual cases.
Teaching the veterinarians of tomorrow
Importantly, we are also a teaching hospital. We are committed to educating the veterinarians of today and tomorrow and our clinical teaching program is conducted under the close supervision of the treating veterinarian. Our students are an important part of our practice and provide that extra attention and TLC that your pet will love when they visit our practice. We thank you for allowing us to involve veterinary students in the care of your pet.
Friends of the Werribee Animal Hospital
The Hospital plays a crucial role in the lives of the thousands of animals that we treat each year, as well as the thousands of animals treated elsewhere by talented veterinarians trained by us in the veterinary hospital.
Our aim is to continue to provide education in veterinary science that is second to none, to conduct innovative and pertinent research into the diseases of animals and humans, and to exchange knowledge with society, including the veterinary profession, pet owners and the general public.
To do this we need the best equipment, the most up-to-date facilities and the most experienced staff.
This all costs money and so we have developed the Friends of the U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital program to provide a way for interested people to support our work in a meaningful and practical way.
For more information visit Friends of the U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital
Your generosity makes an enormous difference to the development of our students, providing them with opportunities to enrich and extend their learning.
Gifts and donations to the Faculty make a real difference. Find out more about the impact of your support.
- Visionary Veterinarians
Recognise the important contribution made by the two founding Deans of the modern veterinary school by supporting the Professor Blood and Professor Jubb Bronze Busts Project.
- Dookie Fund
Established to support our students at the Dookie campus – the largest agricultural education facility in the southern hemisphere.
- Animal Pain Management & Rehabilitation Fund
Donate to play a part in creating the U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital Animal Integrative Pain Clinic – the first of its kind in Victoria.
Research into diseases and diet in pet dogs
We are seeking your support to understand the potential association of food with megaesophagus, and to develop a range of analytics for diet-related studies.
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