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Aus: $47 mln for veterinary science

The University of Queensland has received $47.2 mln (US$31.3 mln) from the Australian Government for new veterinary science facilities.

Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Greenfield said funds announced on 12 December by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd were a tremendous investment in the education of veterinarians, and in the future of animal health and welfare.
The University is relocating its School of Veterinary Science from St Lucia in Brisbane to UQ Gatton, in the Lockyer Valley, at a cost of more than $100 mln (US$66 mln).

Reports state that the new facilities will give students, staff, and partners in industry, government, research organisations and the community access to the most comprehensive animal research and teaching centre in Australia.

"Combined with the new $33 mln Queensland Government-funded Centre for Advanced Animal Science at Gatton, the new School of Veterinary Science will create one of the best precincts for animal-related teaching, and research and development, anywhere in the subtropics," said Prof Greenfield.

Construction is expected to be completed in late 2009.

Natalie Berkhout

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