Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Linking students with international livestock research projects

By Jim Young, Russell Bush and Peter Windsor
The University of Sydney

Over the last 8 years, we have had over 50 undergraduate (BVSc and BAnVetBioSc) and graduate students (MVPHMgt and PhD) from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney get involved in our Mekong Livestock Research Team’s international projects to work in Cambodia, Laos and/or Thailand. The University of Sydney Team has been commissioned to undertake ACIAR funded projects in both Cambodia and Laos, and have found students benefit from the experience while also providing benefits to project activities and outcomes. We have recently been advised that applications for New Colombo Plan Mobility scholarships were successful, and now prepare to assist a further 20 students visit Cambodia and Laos in 2016. We felt it might be appropriate to share some of these experiences and lessons learned, as this information is likely to be of use to project leaders and administrators who are looking to increase Australian student involvement.

Final year BVSc student Emma Roffey vaccinates a buggalo in northern Laos in 2014. Credit: University of Sydney/Jim Young