About the Foundation

Charles Sturt University sought to establish a Veterinary Science program because it recognised the difficulties that rural and regional communities have in attracting and retaining experienced veterinarians. In common with other professions like medicine and pharmacy, rural veterinary practices are experiencing shortages of young graduates who wish to make rural practice their career and who may be interested in buying the practices when the senior veterinarian retires.

Professor Kym Abbott with students on the farm

The course at Charles Sturt is designed to produce the type of veterinary graduates that rural and regional Australia will need in the future. We believe the new Charles Sturt veterinary program is one of the most exciting new developments in veterinary education for many years and will create substantial interest from veterinarians and veterinary professional bodies both in Australia and in other countries who share some of the problems we face in maintaining veterinary presence in our livestock industries.

The Charles Sturt Veterinary Science Foundation has been established to;

  • promote community awareness of the breadth and scope of Veterinary Science teaching, extension and research at Charles Sturt, and;
  • procure financial and other support for Vet Science programs at Charles Sturt.

The Veterinary Science Foundation sits within the framework of the Charles Sturt Foundation, a non-profit organisation that is affiliated with Charles Sturt and which acts as Trustee for a number of funds on all of the University’s campuses. The Foundation was established with the sole purpose of providing a fabric of support for the University, its students and their educational activities. It seeks to provide funds for a range of activities including a capital development program, internships, guest lectureships, cooperative research projects and a scholarship scheme.

Funds within the Veterinary Science Foundation are managed by the Charles Sturt Veterinary Science Foundation Committee, which consists of both internal and external stakeholders.

If you are interested in supporting the Charles Sturt veterinary program through the Charles Sturt Veterinary Science Foundation, contact (02) 6338 4680 to find out how you can help support our students.