Discover JCU’s College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences


Welcome to the College of Public Health,
Medical and Veterinary Sciences. I’m Maxine Whittaker, the Dean of the College.
The College has an active undergraduate, postgraduate, research higher degree and
continuing professional development teaching programs. We teach across
Veterinary Sciences, Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Biomedical Sciences
like biochemistry, physiology, parasitology, microbiology and we teach
molecular and cell biology like genetics, bioinformatics and metabolomics. In
Veterinary Sciences, our students have placement opportunities on dairy farms,
cattle stations, sheep properties, in veterinary general practices, emergency
rooms of veterinary hospitals, in turtle and aquatic animal health research
facilities, in biosecurity and in wildlife sanctuaries and orphanages like
elephant orphanages and orangutangs and these opportunities are locally,
australia-wide and globally. Our Public Health and Tropical Medical students can
have placements in health departments, in local councils, state and national level
in Australia and worldwide, in the World Health Organisation, in disaster relief
agencies, such as some of the work with the Rohingya in Bangladesh and in
non-government organisations around the world and in community controlled health
services. Our Biomedical Students may have placements in hospital laboratories
in Australia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea and other Pacific islands. Molecular and
Cell Biology students may work in laboratories in research institutions or
in the field. Katherine Usher, who graduated with her Bachelor of
Veterinary Sciences in 2010 is a project manager for the
Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in the non-tariff team and
she’s also worked as a field officer for Biosecurity Queensland on things like
Hendra Virus and Arboviruses. And a postgraduate alumni of our College, Dr Aisa Kirabo Kacyira is the Deputy Director and Assistant Secretary-general for the
United Nations Human Settlements Program, which provides leadership to promote
sustainable cities and human settlements around the world.
I believe choosing to study at James Cook University allows you to join lots
of others who want to make life matter, who are interested in working on
problems of local and global relevance, are skilled to be work-ready for now and for
future jobs and you can do all of that in the lovely tropics, beautiful campuses
and receive a world-class education. you

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