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News Cal-Poly's Animal Science Head to visit NMIT

02 May 2009

Dr Andrew Thulin, Professor and Head, Animal Science department, California Polytechnic State University (Cal-Poly), will tour NMIT facilities and meet key program staff during his visit to Melbourne from June 27 to July 3.

An itinerary which includes visits to our Applied Aquaculture and Research Centre, Winery, Meat/Fish Processing and Training Centre (Epping campus), Northern Lodge Stud (Eden Park) and Yan Yean Farm is currently being developed. It is expected that Dr Thulin will also visit the Preston campus to gain an understanding of NMIT's culinary program.

Dr Thulin has indicated that his interest in seeing these NMIT facilities is motivated by the fact that design and construction works will commence later this year on Cal-Poly's equine teaching/research facilities and meat processing centre. Expansion of their culinology area is also planned.

According to Dr Thulin, there are a number of his students who are interested in aquaculture hence his desire to view our aquaculture facilities and to discuss NMIT's education and training offering in this area.

As Cal-Poly's Animal Science department Head, Dr Thulin is responsible for over 2,400 hectares of ranch land and more than 620 undergraduate students in animal and poultry science. Cal-Poly is the fourth largest college of Agriculture in the United States.

This is not the first contact between Cal-Poly and NMIT:

In 2005, Anne Callahan and Maggie Iovanella (Information Services) visited Cal-Poly as part of the Library Leadership program
In 2006, Cal-Poly's Dr Mary Pedersen (Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and coordinator of the wine and viticulture major) and Dr Mary Somerville (Assistant Dean, Information and Instructional Services) visited NMIT.
In 2007, NMIT's CEO led a senior management group who toured Cal-Poly's equine training facilities.
In 2008, Dr Jaymie Noland, Cal-Poly's Associate Head, Animal Science department visited NMIT to discuss issues relating to the thoroughbred industry and equine reproduction with our Equine Studies students. She also toured a number of Victorian equine industry facilities and provided advice to NMIT on the establishment of equine artificial insemination facilities at Eden Park.

Dr Thulin will be accompanied by his wife, Teri on his visit to Australia. After leaving Melbourne, Dr Thulin will attend a conference on applied ethology in Cairns before returning to the US.


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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on seven campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.