New vet surgery to be opened by minister December 8, 2011 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. The Commonwealth Government contributed around $3m to the cost of the building with the remainder coming from the university with support from the Murdoch University Veterinary Trust. 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. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, International students, school of veterinary and biomedical sciences Tags: chris evans, commonwealth government, minister for tertiary education, murdoch university veterinary trust, school of veterinary and biomedical sciences, veterinary science, veterinary surgery teaching facility murdoch Comments (One response) Jo Manning December 14, 2011 Update 14/12/11: Minister Evans was unable to attend the official opening of the facility last night. He was represented by Melissa Parke MP, member for Fremantle. Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!