Massey University is leading the carge to train rural professionals to help farmers to produce Farm Environment Plans (FEPs). It is running a series of courses ranging from introductory through to an advanced course. Peter Burke caught up with the participants at the advanced course at Massey recently.
The new results see the school up nine places from 28th in the 2020 results to 19th in 2021.
Professor Jon Huxley, head of the School of Veterinary Science, says a world top 20 ranking is good news for students, staff, the school and the university.
“It is a remarkable performance for a veterinary school in a small, geographically remote nation like New Zealand,” Huxley says.
He says that within the rankings, the school has a particularly high employer reputation.
“Our graduates are known around the world for their practical skills and approach. At the same time, we have an excellent academic reputation amongst our peers and we are strong in veterinary research.”
The school currently accepts 100 domestic students per year, plus an additional 25 international students each year.
Alongside its everyday academic functions, the school runs a veterinary teaching hospital offering services to the public in three areas; small animals, horses and farm animals.
The school has also established and operated the Wildbase Hospital which serves New Zealand’s wildlife and native species.
Huxley says he is incredibly proud of staff, particularly given the current challenges of trying to rebuild the School and cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Our performance reflects their dedication to deliver an excellent learning environment for our students, and to project our research and veterinary expertise globally.”