Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University


The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences has outstanding Facilities for delivering undergraduate training in equine science, animal science, livestock production and veterinary science. Many of these facilities have been built since 2006 and represent the best in design and construction for the needs of students in the 21st century.

Facilities include veterinary clinics, laboratories and animal handling complexes.

The Veterinary Clinical Centre

The Veterinary Clinical Centre at the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences opened in April 2008. The facility is located on Agriculture Avenue adjacent to the Equine Centre at Charles Sturt University.

The Veterinary Clinical Centre includes a modern large animal hospital with operating theatres, sophisticated diagnostic imaging facilities, a reproduction unit and small animal teaching laboratories.

The Director of the Veterinary Clinical Centre is Associate Professor Bryan Hilbert who joined CSU in 2007, and comes to us with extensive equine surgery experience from North America, Europe and Singapore.

For the clinical training of senior veterinary undergraduates, the staff at the Veterinary Clinical Centre will provide a primary accession and a referral service for large animal clients and veterinarians from the Wagga Wagga district and the Riverina.

The Centre will normally be open from 8.30am until 4.30pm from Monday to Friday, and we will provide an after-hours emergency service at night and on week-ends. Appointments can be made with the receptionist on 02 6933 2604 or email

The Veterinary Pre-Clinical Centre

Constructed in 2005 and opened in 2006, this building is the centre for teaching in veterinary anatomy and physiology, with light-filled, spacious laboratories, tutorial rooms and a veterinary museum, which provides a free-access study area for students where they can connect to the internet through the University-provided computers or through their own laptops. The building also includes the Communication Skills teaching suite, where veterinary students are able to practice and develop their skills in client consultations, history collection and listening.

The Equine Centre

Developed originally to service the Equine Science course, this complex has now grown to be one of the State's premier equine training and competing centres. The Centre has a very large indoor arena, and is home to a Connemarra stallion, Wychwood willy Wagtail. The Centre serves the needs of both the Equine Science and Veterinary science students and is widely enjoyed by the horse-owning community of the Riverina.

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Construction began on the new Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in March and the building was completed in November 2009. This facility will provide veterinary diagnostic services to the region's veterinary community and livestock producers in pathology, haematology, biochemistry, microbiology and parasitology. The building will include a necropsy room capable of safely handling the largest of farm animals. The activities of the Diagnostic Laboratory will provide world-class training for the School's veterinary undergraduate and post-graduate students and provides the last piece in realising the University's goal of creating infrastructure, services and teaching in the interests of Australia's rural communities and livestock industries through its veterinary program. The VDL will be a key part of Australia's animal biosecurity capacity. The Director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is Associate Professor Shane Raidal.

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