University of Queensland to leave Dayboro vet clinic, seeks new operator

A large white veterinary building with a ute in front of it

The University of Queensland has confirmed plans to shift all veterinary teaching to Gatton, closing its long-running specialist veterinary training clinic at Dayboro.

The university announced plans to close the 34-year-old Dayboro vet clinic, north of Brisbane, late last year.

The move sparked concerns from regional cattle farmers that they would be left without accredited cattle vets close by, with the only other clinic about an hour and a half drive from Dayboro.

UQ agreed to postpone the original closure slated for March and enter into a longer consultation period with local farmers, students and the industry.

On Thursday, UQ School of Veterinary Science head Professor Nigel Perkins said in a statement that the university had made the “difficult decision to seek a new operator for the Dayboro Veterinary Clinic to ensure it can continue to serve the local community”.

“We will be identifying a new operator through an expression of interest process, which is expected to take until the end of September,” Professor Perkins said.

National Tertiary Education Union UQ branch president Andrew Bonnell said the closure would see nine continuing staff made redundant and six casual positions discontinued.

Four vets in blue overalls working on a small calf
UQ vets and students working at Nindethana Droughtmaster Stud in Camp Mountain, north of Brisbane.(Supplied: Bronwyn Betts)

In 2012, UQ closed its small animal clinic at St Lucia and in 2013, invested $2.4 million in upgrading its Dayboro facilities.

A petition was launched protesting the proposed closure late last year, garnering thousands of signatures, triggering a town hall meeting with UQ representatives and the Dayboro community.

Professor Perkins said veterinary science and veterinary technology teaching will move from Dayboro to Gatton, west of Brisbane.

The university will cease operations at Dayboro on June 30, but with the expression of interest process continuing into September for a new clinic operator, UQ said it would “continue to support the clinic operating”.

Posted Yesterday at 1:04amFri 13 May 2022 at 1:04am, updated Yesterday at 1:35amFri 13 May 2022 at 1:35am

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