Constuction Begins on University of Adelaide $10 million Equine Health Center

Constuction Begins on University of Adelaide $10 million Equine Health Center

From left: Professor Kym Abbott, head of the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences; Professor Warren Bebbington, vice-chancellor and president of the University of Adelaide; and Professor Chris Riley, head of the equine health discipline, with a horse at the University of Adelaide Roseworthy Campus.

Photo: University of Adelaide

Construction began Nov. 5 on the University of Adelaide's new $10 million Equine Health and Performance Center at the Roseworthy Campus in Roseworthy, South Australia.

The center--part of the Veterinary Health Centers at the University's School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences--will be used for equine teaching and research in the veterinary program, as well as providing first-opinion and referral veterinary clinical services to the South Australian public.

It will be a significant facility for diagnosis and treatment of illness or poor performance in horses and for providing expert advice to improve the health of performance, pleasure, and racing animals.

"This new center is a further $10 million investment in the future of the Roseworthy Campus, building on the $37 million already injected into the campus by the University," says University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor and President Warren Bebbington, MA, MMus, MPhil, PhD. "It will play a critical role in our gaining accreditation of the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, helping the School to rate among the very best in the nation."

Kym Abbott, BVSc, MVS, Grad Cert Rur Sc, PhD, MACVSc, FACVSc, the head of the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, said, "Having a dedicated Equine Health and Performance Center is a major commitment not only to staff and students, but also to the equine community and veterinary profession in South Australia."

The new center will include a range of outstanding facilities, such as:

  • Air conditioned intensive care stalls for horses, with dedicated stalls for mares and foals;
  • Triage, diagnosticm and outpatient areas;
  • A high-power imaging suite for radiographs and ultrasound examinations;
  • State-of-the-art surgical suites and anaesthesia rooms;
  • Teaching rooms with direct visual access to the surgeries;
  • Intensive care facilities;
  • An isolation area for horses with infectious diseases; and
  • A reproduction facility.

"Importantly, the new center is not just dedicated to treating horses with medical or surgical conditions; our equine health specialists will also work with healthy performance horses, an expert service which has not previously been available to horse owners in this state," Abbott said. "The new center will build on our existing modern facilities and specialised services, which include a veterinary center for small animals and mobile services for horses and production animals."

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