The Goondiwindi Pastoral Veterinary Centre : twenty-five years of research, teaching, and veterinary practice 1965-1990

The Goondiwindi Pastoral Veterinary Centre : twenty-five years of research, teaching, and veterinary practice 1965-1990. Edited by Copland, Richard Shane St. Lucia, Qld.: Department of Farm Animal Medicine and Production, University of Queensland, 1990.

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Title The Goondiwindi Pastoral Veterinary Centre : twenty-five years of research, teaching, and veterinary practice 1965-1990
Language of Title eng
Place of Publication St. Lucia, Qld.
Publisher Department of Farm Animal Medicine and Production, University of Queensland
Publication year 1990
Sub-type Other
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Language eng
Editor Copland, Richard Shane
Total number of pages 96
Subjects 300500 Veterinary Sciences
Formatted Abstract/Summary
FOREWORD

Professor M.A.E. Rex

Before I came to the University of Queensland Veterinary School in 19741 had heard of Gunsynd but knew little about Goondiwindi. I soon began to hear more about the Goondiwindi Pastoral Veterinary Centre. At that time there were divided opinions in the Faculty about the value of the Centre and some people were even suggesting its closure. The proponents of this view were mostly people who had never visited the Centre! The Heath Committee on the Veterinary School and the Future (1976) recognised the enormous contribution that the Centre made to the education of future veterinarians, realised the potential for research into beef cattle and sheep problems, and also saw the Centre as an outpost of The University of Queensland in rural Australia.

The Centre had been set up in 1963 following the submission of a proposal from George Osborne "to establish a centre for teaching and research in veterinary practice, with particular reference to the wool and beef industries at Goondiwindi". So the Centre was established on the outskirts of Goondiwindi on eight hectares of land donated by the Elliott family. Ralph Swan was the first Officer-in-Charge of the Centre and will be a guest at our celebrations.

The staff of the Centre have always been a dedicated team who, despite isolation from University colleagues, library facilities and administrative support in those early days, have maintained a high standard of service to the pastoral industry. Since that time the Centre has been considerably expanded and its facilities enhanced. Residential accommodation in the form of Alumni House was provided in 1983 and more recently a library/seminar room has been added. This is a far cry from the days when our first postgraduate research student at Goondiwindi, Keith Hughes, lived in the shearers' quarters on the McKechnie property. Geoff Niethe, the present Director, and his staff have continued the proud traditions of the Pastoral Veterinary Centre and many will tell you that it is the most rewarding and stimulating station in their year's practical work.

It has been a great pleasure for me, during my time as Dean, to visit the Centre and to be associated closely with its activities.

We are proud of what the Centre has done over the years to serve the rural community, to teach veterinary science and to prosper research on problems of importance to graziers in the district. We have been grateful for your support and we shall continue to serve you, while at the same time fulfilling our role as part of the academic community of The University of Queensland.
Keyword University of Queensland. Pastoral Veterinary Centre
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