First Vet Student Exchange Program Between Australia - Indonesia

5 March 2015

This Faculty is the first veterinary school in Australia to establish a formal exchange program with a veterinary school in Indonesia. [[b||Sydney University and UGM lead the way!]]

February saw four University of Sydney final year veterinary students (Irwin Ting, Darlene Lam, Dini Hapukotuwa and Isabel MacPhillamy) head to Indonesia for an exchange program with the [[b||University of Gadjah Mada]] (UGM) in Yogyakarta. The 4-week placement fulfilled the requirements for the final year Public Practice rotation in the BVSc degree.

Isabel reports: "First we had a two week placement at the reproduction unit. This saw us jumping right into things, heading out to smallholder farmer collectives and participating in reproductive investigations on cattle. The key issues found were reproductive failures due to nutrition (inability to provide adequate year round nutrition); heat detection issues and dystocia. Our suggestion of forage plots to improve smallholder cattle nutrition was well received.

A field trip to the Sirijo Wagyu Bull Centre and the Barturaden Dairy in Java showed us that this large scale dairy is not dissimilar to many Australian dairies. Lameness, mastitis and reproductive failure being the key health issues.

Other highlights were an interview on local Yogyakarta radio with many callers asking questions about farming practices in Australia. Getting to meet and help treat a 4m long Olive python suffering from stomatitis. Refresher lessons on key diseases exotic to Australia at the Government Disease Investigation Centre.

Everyone at UGM showed us the most amazing hospitality, making sure we experienced many of the culinary delights that Indonesia has to offer and got to visit some tourist sites around Yogyakarta."

This exchange program is led by Prof Aris Junaidi at UGM and A/Prof Jenny-Ann Toribio at USyd. Accommodation for USyd students was kindly provided at the Faculty Guest House by UGM Dean Joko Prastowo.