The Deans Priorities

The following list reflects some of the needs of the Faculty. Donations toward equipment will be allocated by the Dean. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the Director on 9351 8024, or you can make a gift online now or complete our donation form.

Heine operating loupe(Camden) - $5,500

Assists with delicate surgeries and examinations requiring magnification ( e.g. spinal, eye, urogenital and other micro surgery). Students would be able to experience these procedures that could possibly not be performed as effectively without the magnification.

Anesthetic Ventilator for Small Patients - $5,500

For the anesthesiologist to better monitor the patient during the course of the procedure. The machine that we request is especially designed for small patients and it will allow us to ventilate animals that weigh as little as 100 grams. The majority of our exotic and wildlife patients weigh less than a kilogram. Anesthesia on such small animals requires exacting precision if the patient is to wake up alive. Ventilators that deliver precise volumes of anesthetic gases at precise pressures have been shown in humans, traditional pets and exotics to be a significant improvement over manual ventilation.

Ulco Mach 5EL Ventilator(Sydney) - $7,200

A new and modern ventilator would greatly improve the management of critical surgical cases, especially those undergoing thoracic surgery. It would aid in the training of students in the anaesthetic management of these critical patients and with the increasing number of private practices acquiring ventilators, this is of increasing relevance. There would also be an improved opportunity for collection of data as part of clinical research projects and the involvement of students in this process.

Autoclave -$7,200

As our case load has increased, we have outgrown our original autoclave and are in need of a larger one. The autoclave is an essential piece of equipment that is used for sterilizing dental and surgical instruments and decontaminating infectious material.

VitalStore Multi-Monitor(Camden) - $17,700

This is a compact portable monitor that allows for simultaneous monitoring of several vital signs from one patient such as:

  • pulse oximetry (hemoglobin oxygen saturation)
  • Blood pressure via arterial catheter
  • blood pressure via inflatable cuff
  • body temperature
  • Inspired/expired concentration of gases
  • respiratory rate

During general anesthesia in patients one or more of these vital parameters are routinely used for continuous monitoring in order to optimize both quality o anesthesia and vital functions such as the cardioespiratory system. It has been well established that anesthesia related mortality can be reduced if patients are continuously monitored and especially if equipment is used that allows for measuring rather than subjective interpretation of vital function parameters.

Digital Radiography - $66,000

Currently we take traditional radiographs that produce images on film. Digital radiography would have several advantages to us over this more traditional process. Digital radiography would allow us to take better and more detailed images of our patients, significantly improving our diagnostic capacity. The amount of time needed to generate these images would be much less, reducing stress to our patients. The images would then be stored with the patient record, used for teaching, and sent to referring veterinarians. Also, once the system is operational, there are no additional costs associated with this system. Therefore all wildlife cases would be radiographed allowing better care for these patients and better learning opportunities for the students. Finally, a digital system would eliminate the need for the costly and environmentally unfriendly chemicals that we have to use with our current system. The financial support requested for this system is far less than the cost for a complete system. The server and all necessary software have already been purchased by the University Veterinary Clinic Camden and we will be able to integrate our system with theirs.

Antibiotic pharmacokinetics in possums - $11,000

This project aims to determine the pharmacokinetic profiles of commonly used antibiotics in common ringtail possums and brushtail possums in order to determine the species-appropriate route, interval of administration and dose rates. Animals will also be monitored for adverse side effects using objective measurements. The ultimate aim of this project will be to make evidence based recommendations to veterinarians for antibiotic administration in these species in order to improve the clinical outcome for the many individual animals coming into care in the future.

Disease status of Australian sea lion pups - $25,000

The project involves collecting blood and faeces for disease investigations from free-ranging Australian sea lion pups in colonies in South Australia, carrying out physical examinations, assessing body condition of the pups, and collecting morphometric measurements and weights. Necropsies and histopathology are also performed on animals found dead within the colony in order to determine cause of mortality. Australian sea lions are listed as a Threatened species, Vulnerable category under the EPBC Act 1999 and several colonies have high pup mortality rates. Very little is known about the health status of these populations nor the types of endemic disease present in the population, and the purpose of this project is to address these knowledge gaps.

Desexing Clinic - $165,000

This is a vital component of surgery and anaesthesia experience for veterinary undergraduates and needs constant resourcing. All students are rotated through this clinic. The animals come from the pound and after they have recovered from surgery, they are rehomed.

Genomics based program to eradicate preventable diseases in dogs & cats

The Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney is initiating a new research program that brings together the Faculty's veterinarians and genome scientists. The goal is to understand and prevent diseases that affect the health and wellbeing of dogs and cats. In addition to the benefits that will be delivered to our companion animals, the program will strengthen the Faculty's research by capitalising on the expertise that is now developed within the Faculty, and which may otherwise be lost, and put the Faculty at the forefront in the emerging field of veterinary medical genomics.

The world of veterinary and human biomedical research is moving quickly in this area. In the past six months European and North American veterinary research groups have raised funds to commence their work. We want to be involved as a leading institution in this global effort. However, in Australia, raising funds for dog and cat research from funding agencies is difficult. We need to find seed funding to get started and work hard to attract international funding. We have the team that can achieve this goal.

  • Level 1. $500 = A DNA chip; $1000 = An entire dog or cat genome analysed
  • Level 2. $10,000 = A biobank curator for 1-year at 1-day/week; or a pilot project; or an ultra-low temp stooge freezer
  • Level 3. $30,000 - $50,000 materials for one completed genome project
  • Level 4. $60,000+ A Research Fellow for 1-year
  • Level 5. $1million a world class research program

The help of our donors and supporters is critical to enable us to complete vital Faculty projects. If you would like to make a donation to this campaign, download our Pledge Form. We would also be happy to speak with you about our pledging program – please call on 9351 8024.

Memorial Garden

This wonderful structure, known as the Henry and Banjo Memorial Garden (named after two feline residents of the Clinic), is a special place where animal lovers can purchase a hand crafted engraved bowl or plaque in memory of a precious pet. The garden has two purposes; providing an intimate space for people to commemorate a treasured pet while raising funds for the Clinic.

To indicate your interest in this Garden, please email us at .