Today Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the University of New England, Professor Annabelle Duncan, officially opened Stage 3 of the $8.3 million Centre for Animal Research and Teaching (CART).
CART is part of the larger $46 million Integrated Agriculture Education Project (IAEP) funded under the Commonwealth government’s Education Infrastructure Funding program.
UNE is undergoing a cycle of renovation of key infrastructure in the area of Animal Science research and teaching and Stage 3 follows on earlier stages to build a large-animal facility, offices and an imaging complex.
Stage 3 marks the completion of CART, complete with state of the art teaching facilities, post mortem laboratories (a first at UNE), a new surgery, a large modern feed mill to manufacture pelleted feed, and expanded facilities for sheep research.
“The Centre for Animal Research and Teaching delivers state-of-the-art facilities for UNE’s Animal Science discipline, enhancing our position as a national leader in this field and our ongoing commitment to industry in our local region,” Prof Duncan said.
“Students and researchers can now take full advantage of these new facilities, enjoying the easy layout and modern functionality.”
The current development will serve UNE’s long-term strategy by maintaining its world-class research and teaching in agriculture and animal sciences; increasing participation of rural and regional students in tertiary education and providing more opportunities for research collaboration with industry.