Camden Equine Centre is the Sydney University Teaching Hospital and part of the Sydney School of Veterinary Science. The school has a long-standing tradition in providing excellence in equine veterinary studies and is the top vet school in Australia and ranked #9 in the world.
The team at CEC are dedicated to educating the next generation of veterinarians and is leading the way in veterinary education, animal science and research that advances the health and welfare of animals and benefits the community.
CEC provides final year students the opportunity to engage in all facets of being an equine vet. When you visit CEC, you will often see DVM3 or DVM4 students onsite assisting and gaining important skills and practical knowledge to allow them to progress as a veterinarian. The students are encouraged to fully participate in all activities carried out within the hospital. You can be assured that best practices are used by all the staff at CEC as we are teaching the veterinarians of the future.
The students are under supervision from the CEC team and are given the opportunity to participate in certain procedures performed on the patient under the treating veterinarians care. The level of involvement of our students is dependent on the procedure and the temperament of the animal. These tasks may include administering medication/treatment, conducting physical examinations of hospital patients, recording finding on patient charts, general horse care and handling. All tasks always take place under the guidance of qualified veterinarians.
The Sydney School of Veterinary Science is actively involved in research aimed at improving equine and human health. We have broad and globally recognised expertise in research. Our vision is to continue outstanding clinical activity and education by applying the latest evidence from research, focusing on the health, welfare and performance of horses. By presenting your horse to CEC you are helping contribute to science advancements. The data and findings on patients may be used in research projects and help improve animal and human health. Please note that consent is always discussed with the owner where a procedure is involved, and research studies are bounded by a University of Sydney ethics approval.
The Sydney School of Veterinary Science have members of staff who are actively involved in the equine breeding, racing and equestrian industries and hold official roles in these areas. Numerous industry and University-based collaborations exist as those with the Olympic Games, Racing New South Wales and the Hunter Valley Equine Research Centre. Keys to the success of equine research at the University is the commitment and enthusiasm of postgraduate students who have been involved in a wide range of research projects in equine veterinary science. The overriding aim is to improve the welfare of horses and act as a resource to an industry that has great economic importance for Australia. By presenting your horse to the CEC, you will in a way contribute to these improvements.