Our facilities and capabilities

The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences has a range of facilities and capabilities to address issues in agriculture, sustainability, and the food and veterinary sciences. Through our leading research facilities, our cross-disciplinary approach, and with 800 internationally collaborating institutions, our research aims to solve challenges and create real-world impact.

 

Parkville Campus

Our facilities at Parkville are at the heart of Australia’s most powerful bioscience campus as well as a driver of other multidisciplinary research. Our facilities and expertise in animal health, agriculture and food sit alongside those in biosciences, engineering, medicine, earth sciences, chemistry, business and economics.

With an ever-expanding research infrastructure, researchers on our Parkville campus can expect to access the following facilities, and more:

  • 32 research laboratories and specialist equipment rooms
  • Food sensory laboratory equipped with biometric sensory analysis
  • Quarantine and biocontainment facilities for infectious disease studies
  • Laboratory biocontainment facilities for plant genetic engineering and pathology
  • Glasshouses, growth rooms and controlled environment chambers
  • Soil science laboratory with advanced analytical platforms for soil and water samples
  • Animal units Access to central research platforms and services
  • Detailed analysis of samples (e.g. soil) including elements, isotopes, gases and nutrients
  • Sequencing platforms for genomic and transcriptomic analyses
  • Mass spectrometry and proteomic analysis of proteins and their structure
  • Metabolic analysis of plant, animal and microbial systems
  • Sophisticated microscope systems including confocal and electron microscopy
Veterinarians with dog

 

Werribee Campus

The Werribee campus includes the U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital, one of Australia’s leading veterinary hospitals. It also houses the U-Vet Werribee Equine Centre, a recognised leader in equine medicine as well as state-of-the-art teaching, learning and clinical experience facilities.

U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital

  • A large 24-hour veterinary hospital with a range of specialist and referral services in surgery, medicine, anaesthesia, medical imaging, emergency and critical care, neurology, clinical pathology, dermatology, cardiology and equine management
  • On-site imaging including: MRI, DXA, confocal endomicroscopy, scintigraphy, fluoroscopy, radiography and ultrasound
  • Clinical expertise in veterinary internal medicine and direct access to veterinary oncology, surgery, anaesthesia, imaging and critical care expertise and facilities
  • Clinical trial facilities

U-Vet Werribee Equine Centre

  • Large animal imaging – radiology, ultrasound, CT, MRI, MicroCT Scintigraphy (bone scanning)
  • Sophisticated equine footstep analysis; ability to measure footfall force and pressure

Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital

  • Through our commercial relationship with Goloburn Vallley Equine Hospital, our researchers are also able to access a range of facilities and expertise in reproduction and limb injuries

 

Dookie Campus

At 2,440 hectares, our Dookie campus is the largest agricultural research campus in the southern hemisphere. Dookie offers a mix of broadacre cropping, grazing, orchards and native forests and provides a unique opportunity for experimental farming. The Dookie campus also provides an opportunity for immersive learning experiences for clinical teaching practices.

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  • Large-scale crop and pasture trials
  • Crop sustainability and efficiency studies with on-site glasshouses and poly tunnels
  • Events, intensive training and team-building opportunities with teaching spaces and accommodation
  • Animal welfare research: heat stress in livestock
  • Measurement of greenhouse gas emissions related to pastures and crops
  • Microwave control of weeds in cropping systems
  • Robotic dairy
  • Natural bush reserve
  • Working winery
  • Seed bank of native species
  • Orchard

Our Capabilities

Research Opportunities

Interested in undertaking your postgraduate research projects with us? View more details about how FVAS can develop your specialist expertise through our postgraduate programs here:

Graduate research opportunities