From Africa to Australia – a project of global significanceA pressing aim of The Australian Rhino Project is to establish a breeding herd of black and white rhinos in Australia as an “insurance population” in the event of extinction of the species in the wild. The plan is to import 80 rhinos from South Africa to Australia over a four-year period, commencing in 2015, with the ultimate goal of reintroducing the rhinos and their progeny to their natural habitat in Africa.
Underpinning the breeding program are three high priority areas for captive rhino research. Led by Professor David Raubenheimer, the Leonard P Ullmann Chair in Nutritional Ecology, the research will be conducted by a team of zoologists, veterinarians and biological experts from the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science.
This research will not only be critical to the health and survival of the 80 rhinos, it will help inform the successful translocation of rhinos across the world.
The Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science research interests span animal health, livestock production science, and wildlife research. A growing area of research strength within the faculty is wildlife research, where they specialize in health and conservation issues that affect Australia’s native wildlife.
The faculty’s commitment to multi-disciplinary research in animal and veterinary sciences has been recently been recognized with the award of a maximum score of 5 in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) federal government scheme for the veterinary sciences field of research.
Sydney Veterinary School Doctor of Veterinary MedicineProgram title: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Program duration: 4 years
Application deadline: January 4, 2016; however it is recommended that students apply as soon as possible as this program can fill quickly.