Strategic Plan 2018–2021

Our vision is to provide global knowledge leadership through excellence in veterinary science.

The School’s vision statement reflects the vision of The University of Queensland: knowledge leadership for a better world.

Achieving our vision means having our graduates recognised as being amongst the best in a global market; having our clients and referring veterinarians recognise that we are among the best providers of veterinary services in Australia; having a record of clinical innovation and research that is recognised as world class; and, having a record of business and financial management that is recognised as exemplary by UQ.

Achieving our vision will require all of our staff to work effectively as a team; to apply innovative and sound practices to managing workload to achieve teaching, research and service outcomes; and, to manage revenue growth and cost effectiveness. We can achieve this change and in the process create a workplace that is admired by students, staff, clients, university colleagues and the community.

We benefit animals and the community through the provision of outstanding veterinary education, undertaking research of local, national and global importance, and pursuing the highest standards in the practice of veterinary science.

We delivers on our mission through:

  • Teaching and learning activities built on a comprehensive curriculum that produces competent, internationally recognised veterinary practitioners and scientists.
  • Veterinary clinical services providing excellence in veterinary care for animals and their owners and referring veterinarians in a clinical teaching environment delivered through outstanding facilities across multiple locations.
  • Research and innovation to create, advance and apply knowledge to achieve solutions. Knowledge creation and application underpins our teaching and service activities and contributes to impacts in animal and community health and well being.
  • Engagement activities to establish and nurture relationships with the community, veterinary profession, industry, governments and other researchers to ensure we continue to be aware of local and global challenges, understand expectations and priorities and deliver relevant and quality outcomes.
  • Attracting and retaining outstanding staff and students.
  • Sustainable operations built on efficient and effective use of resources and people to continue to deliver the highest quality outcomes in a sustainable manner.

Our values represent the core principles that guide everyday behaviour, decisions and actions. Values should be seen to be acted on by everyone so they become embedded in day to day activities.

Pursuit of excellence: We strive for excellence, seeking to apply the highest standards to benefit animals and our communities

Creativity and independent thinking: We welcome new ideas from our staff and students as well as from our alumni and our external partners. We support intellectual freedom, courage and creativity. We encourage the pursuit of innovation and opportunities.            

Honesty and accountability: We act with integrity and professionalism and uphold the highest ethical standards. We are committed to transparency and accountability. Our decisions ensure responsible stewardship of the University’s resources, reputation and values. We lead by example in all areas including our approaches to sustainability.

Mutual respect and diversity: We promote diversity in the University community – through our people, ideas and cultures. We create a vibrant, inclusive environment in which ideas flourish and future generations, regardless of background are empowered. We respect our colleagues and work together for shared success.

Supporting our people: We ensure the safety and wellbeing of our people. We create an inclusive and supportive university community in which achievements are celebrated and rewarded. Our people have the opportunity to enrich their lives and pursue their goals.