James Cook University
The BVSc program at James Cook University (JCU) is relatively new (2006) but was established upon firm foundations laid by the previous Graduate School of Tropical Veterinary Science (1969). The JCU BVSc program is unique in being located in the tropics and in having access to a broad range of livestock systems, marine resources and modern technologies. It provides regional leadership in science, food production, human health and technology transfer and its research contributions are consistently ranked at or above world standards. The BVSc curriculum is highly integrated, with an emphasis on producing day-one ready graduates. In teaching quality surveys, the JCU BVSc program was best or equal best for all ratings, and for newly qualified graduates, the JCU BVSc program outperformed all other Universities in teaching (85%) and skills (93%) ratings with an overall satisfaction of 93%. The JCU facilities are excellent and include a Veterinary Emergency Centre and Hospital and first-class diagnostic, pathology and animal handling facilities. Students are exposed to equine and dairy practice and JCU maintains a cattle station near Charters Towers.