Getting Started

Welcome from the Associate Dean (Research and Research Training)

Welcome to the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne has an international reputation for achievements in research. Our staff have expertise across a broad range of areas of agricultural, food, veterinary and biomedical sciences, extending from molecular and cell biology to areas of applied veterinary medicine in agricultural production, companion animal medicine, performance activities such as racing and competitive sport, agronomy and rural innovation.

Our work is funded from a variety of sources, including competitive grants from national and international scientific, medical and rural industry research funding agencies, as well as linkages with industry. The Faculty has a successful track record in winning research funding from both the public and private sectors.

Past research within the Faculty has led to increased agricultural productivity, vaccines and diagnostic products that have been commercialised throughout the world, enhanced animal welfare and improvements in public health, as well as contributing to basic understanding of animal biology. Details of previous research projects and activities are available in the University's current Research Report.

Our graduate research students have backgrounds in science, agricultural science, medicine and veterinary science and come from a variety of countries in Europe, America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia as well as throughout Australia and New Zealand. Our past graduate research students have progressed to positions in academia, research institutes and industry throughout the world.

This website is designed to familiarise you with some of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences' operational structures and the facilities offered to research students. You should also familiarise yourself with the important services provided to research students by the Academic Services Office of University Services, and the University of Melbourne's Graduate Student Association, a body specifically funded to serve and represent your interests.

─ Professor Frank Dunshea, Associate Dean (Research and Research Training)