2017 is a significant year in the recent history of veterinary science at the University of Melbourne. It marks the 50th anniversary of the first graduates from the new Bachelor of Veterinary Science program, and the 50th anniversary of the opening of Kendall Hall. Additionally, a number of major infrastructure projects are commencing this year across the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, including a new teaching building at the U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital in Werribee.
In this auspicious year, the Melbourne University Veterinary Society (MUVS) is seeking to recognise the important contribution made by the two founding Deans of the modern veterinary school, Professor Douglas Blood (Dean 1962-1968) and Professor Ken Jubb (Dean 1969-1990).
Professor Blood was tasked with the re-establishment of the veterinary school in the 1960s. He and Professor Jubb managed the Faculty’s activities for three decades. Furthermore, both Professors Blood and Jubb were highly-regarded nationally and internationally, writing seminal textbooks in the fields of large animal medicine and veterinary pathology respectively.
MUVS plans to commission the production of bronze busts of Professors Blood and Jubb, to be located in the foyer of the new teaching building at Werribee. Mr Peter Corlett OAM, sculptor of the centenary sculpture New Life that was modelled after the late Dr Val Sloss and installed at the Werribee Campus, has accepted the commission.
If money raised exceeds that required for this project, or the target of $75,000 is not reached by 1 July 2018, the Melbourne Veterinary School, in consultation with MUVS, will use the funds to support other projects in memory of Professors Blood and Jubb.
Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze donors will be acknowledged on a plaque near the busts.
- Platinum donors – from $10,000
- Gold donors - $5,000 to 9,999
- Silver donors - $2,000 to 4,999
- Bronze donors - $500 to 1,999
All donations of $50 or more will be acknowledged in a booklet relating to the bronzes. Donations above $2 are tax deductible in Australia.
MUVS greatly appreciates any support to commemorate these two visionary veterinarians and the legacy that they created for all graduates of the Melbourne Veterinary School.