The new state of the art Veterinary Surgery Teaching Facility at Murdoch University will be officially opened by Senator Chris Evans, the Minister for Tertiary Education, on Tuesday, December 13.
The $9m high tech building at the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences features a large, fully-equipped sterile surgery including closed circuit cameras to enable students to view live procedures from a distant location.
It also features a large surgical preparation area, including facilities for surgeon preparation and animal anaesthesia.
It is already being used extensively for classes in small animal surgery and anaesthesia, medical examination, animal handling and for final year surgery lessons.
Professor David Hampson, Dean of the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, said the facility was a vital addition to the Murdoch campus.
“The enrolment of veterinary students is continuing to grow in order to meet the demand for qualified veterinarians, and professional standards are constantly improving,” said Prof Hampson.
“Already the new building has made a huge improvement to the medical and surgical training of veterinary students.
“It means we can teach a larger number of students across different species in a positive teaching environment with adequate space and the latest equipment. The closed circuit cameras and multiple plasma screens mean we can more effectively demonstrate procedures to a larger number of students at one time.
“This facility is suitable for large interactive seminars and medical demonstrations and would be suitable for other medical education groups.”
The Veterinary School at Murdoch University is regarded as being a leader in veterinary education and research in Australia, with its graduates also being accredited to practice in North America and Europe.
The building itself was designed and built to be environmentally sustainable, using recycled and recyclable materials. The heating, ventilating and air conditioning system has been broken down into several discrete plant units that allows for the shutting down of rooms when not in use.
Tuesday’s opening ceremony begins at 5pm and invited guests will be given a tour of the new facility by Murdoch University staff.