Greencross Vets are pleased to announce they have commenced the provision of management services for James Cook University’s Veterinary Hospital, JCU Vet.
The new management structure will offer better opportunities for students, will attract and retain leading vet specialists, teachers and clinicians, will provide access to new technologies, and will materially increase the scale and scope of veterinary services offered in north Queensland.
JCU Vet will continue to operate under the same name and well-established brand.
JCU Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Ian Wronski said the agreement will benefit veterinary students.
“Students will have access to wider placement opportunities within Greencross’ network, which extends from Cairns to Adelaide. It will also give students access to new technologies, wider training opportunities and exposure to the financial discipline necessary to manage a vet practice,” said Professor Wronski.
Greencross Chief Operations Officer, Dr Ian Kadish, said the arrangement will help JCU to produce exceptional ‘work-ready’ graduates for the Australian vet industry.
“It’s exciting for JCU students to be able to access clinical cases across the Greencross network, as well as JCU’s vet hospital,” said Dr Kadish.
Professor Wronski said the arrangement will also help restore the vet school’s financial stability.
“Greencross brings professional acumen and financial rigour to the business. The change of management will ensure the future of JCU Vet,” he said.
The north Queensland community will also benefit from improved services at JCU’s vet hospital.
The opening hours for Townsville’s only animal hospital emergency centre will be expanded.
JCU Vet will have access to improved pathology services, enhanced imaging capabilities including a dedicated CT scanner, and will be able to draw on Greencross’ expert staff throughout Australia.
Dr Kadish said JCU Vet will remain independent and will continue to seek and take referrals from its referring partners in the North Queensland veterinary community.
Greencross also sees this initiative as a mechanism whereby the company can play its part and contribute to the broader veterinary industry and its academic institutions.
“We understand that JCU needs to operate as a high quality, independent facility taking specialty and emergency referrals in the North Queensland region, and Greencross will ensure that the business runs independently, and maintains its commitment to teaching, research and academic excellence.”