New management for JCUVet
James Cook University has announced a new management arrangement for its Veterinary Hospital, with management services to be provided by Greencross Limited.
Founded in Townsville in 1994, Greencross is now Australia’s largest network of veterinary practices.
Professor Ian Wronski, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at JCU, said the new arrangements would ensure the teaching hospital’s sustainability and expand the opportunities available to students.
“We will continue to operate under the name JCUVet, but we’ll have the business acumen of Greencross behind us,” he said.
Professor Wronski said the new arrangements promised significant benefits for veterinary students.
“Our students will have access to a wider range of placement opportunities and clinical cases across the Greencross network, which extends from Cairns to Adelaide,” he said. “They will also benefit from further training in the financial expertise that’s essential to running a vet practice.”
Greencross Limited Chief Operational Officer, Dr Ian Kadish said the arrangement would help JCU produce even more work-ready graduates.
“It’s exciting for JCU students to be able to access clinical cases across the Greencross network, as well as JCU’s vet hospital,” said Dr Kadish.
JCUVet, which provides Townsville’s only veterinary emergency and referral centre, will extend its operating hours and will have access to improved pathology services.
Professor Wronski said JCUVet would remain independent and would continue to seek and take referrals from its referring partners in the North Queensland veterinary community.
“Our relationship with the veterinary profession in our region is important to us,” he said. “Their support is important in providing our students with valuable experience in regional and tropical practices, and has helped us make JCUVet a high quality teaching hospital.
“We’ll continue to take specialty and emergency referrals from across North Queensland, and we’ll continue to work closely with local vets.”
The arrangement is effective from January 1st, 2015.
Greencross has more than 115 clinics across the country and was founded in Townsville in 1994 by former JCU student, Dr Glen Richards.
In 2011, Dr Richards received the JCU Chancellor’s Outstanding Alumnus Award.
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