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The James Cook University, School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

One of the world's leading institutions focusing on the tropics, Australia's James Cook University is surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the rainforests of the Wet tropics, the dry savannahs, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef.
Our unique location enables students from Australia and overseas to study in a diverse physical environment unparalleled by any university in the world.
Born for the tropics
Ranked in the top five percent of the world's tertiary institutions by the respected Academic Ranking of World Universities produced by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, James Cook University is dedicated to creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide, through graduates and discoveries that make a difference.
Dedicated to research
The University conducts nationally significant and internationally recognised research in areas such as marine sciences, biodiversity, tropical ecology and environments, global warming, tourism, and tropical medicine and public health care in under-served populations.
A comprehensive university
Since our establishment in 1970, we have expanded into a multi-campus institution with our largest campuses in Townsville and Cairns, smaller study centres in Mount Isa, Thursday Island, and Mackay, and campuses in Singapore and Brisbane.
Our students come from many backgrounds, promoting a rich cultural and experiential diversity on campus. Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses span the Arts, Business, Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science, Information Technology and Social Sciences. We aim to give graduates the qualifications and skills they need for the global workforce.
Relevant to our region
We also recognise our special obligation to be relevant to our own region and have forged close linkages into the economy and social fabric of the northern Queensland. We are dedicated to ensuring that our teaching, learning and research is not only of high quality, but also delivers practical benefits to the peoples and industries of the region.
Born of the traditional model of excellence in teaching and research, James Cook University has become a modern and dynamic university of truly global standing. Our graduates hold top-level positions around Australia and the world, and our research has earned us a worldclass reputation.
JCU is Queensland’s second oldest university. We offered our first courses in Townsville in 1961 as an annex of the University of Queensland. Since then we have become a dynamic, multi-campus university with a total of 17,500 students. Our main campuses are located in Townsville and Cairns, and we have international campuses in Singapore and Brisbane.
After a decade under the stewardship of the University of Queensland, JCU became a university in its own right on 20 April 1970. The proclamation was signed by Queen Elizabeth II at a special ceremony in Townsville, which took place 200 years, to the day, after the University’s namesake, explorer Captain James Cook, first sighted Australia.
The School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at James Cook University is a multidisciplinary unit of around 60 staff. Its focus is the delivery of high quality education and research in the areas of anatomy, immunology, microbiology, medical laboratory science, physiology, pharmacology and veterinary science. The School is located in the northeast corner of the Douglas Campus, within an area known as Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences precinct. We also have staff based at the Cairns Campus of James Cook University.
The School plays a significant teaching role in the following degree programs: Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Speech Pathology, Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science and the Bachelor of Veterinary Science. Currently there are some 375 full-time equivalent students enrolled in the School's programs.
Current research interests within the School include: stress and the responses to injury, reproductive biology, cell signalling and metabolism, aquatic pathobiology, biotechnology, epidemiology, virology, applied microbiology and food microbiology.
The units that form the current School of Veterinary and Biomedical Science have enjoyed a long and successful history within the University. In 1969, the Graduate School of Tropical Veterinary Science was established with Professor Rod Campbell as the foundation Professor. Its focus for the next 20 years was research and graduate education in veterinary science. In the early nineties, the unit was renamed the Department of Biomedical and Tropical Veterinary Science and became significantly involved in undergraduate teaching programs in biomedical and nursing sciences. The disciplines of physiology and pharmacology were established in response to these needs.
In 1997, we amalgamated with the School of Molecular Sciences to become the School of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences. The disciplines within this 'super' School consisted of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, as well as Physiology and Pharmacology. In the late nineties, the Australian Institute of Tropical Veterinary and Animal Sciences (AITVAS) was established within this School as a focus for research and graduate studies in veterinary and animal sciences. In 2002, the School was restructured as the School of Biomedical Sciences comprising the disciplines of Microbiology and Immunology, Physiology and Pharmacology and AITVAS. Later in that year, the Institute of Medical Laboratory Science was established. In early 2003, we welcomed the consolidation of the discipline of Anatomy within the School.
In 2004, the Commonwealth Government provided funding for an undergraduate Bachelor of Veterinary Science course at JCU. In 2005 we became the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and are now responsible for the development and delivery of this program. We enrolled our first intake of students in 2006.

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Director
International Student Centre
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811
AUSTRALIA
Telephone:
+61 7 4781 5601
Facsimile:
+61 7 4781 5988
Electronic Mail:
InternationalStudentCentre@jcu.edu.au
http://www.jcu.edu.au/

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