Centre for Research in Animal Biology
In 1993 the University of Waikato, the New Zealand Pastoral Agricultural Research
Institute Ltd (AgResearch) and the Dairying Research Corporation Ltd (DRC)
jointly established a Centre for Research in Animal Biology. This agreement
formalises the strong ties which have linked the University with the Ruakura
Agricultural Research Centre since the University’s establishment in 1964,
particularly through the involvement of a large number of students in postgraduate
research on agricultural topics.
Two independent research organisations, AgResearch and the DRC, are established
on the Ruakura campus, and are charged with research in animal biology. Research
conducted in those organisations, and at the University, is to a major extent
funded by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology. Closer links
between these organisations will be to their mutual benefit.
The Centre for Research in Animal Biology seeks to encourage University students,
staff members and research fellows to undertake study and research in association
with scientists of AgResearch and the DRC. Members of the Centre have access
to the facilities of all three campuses, and study at any of these campuses
may be credited to fulfilment of the requirements for award of degrees and
diplomas of the University. Senior scientists in AgResearch and the DRC contribute
to several lecture courses in the Department of Biological Sciences and supervise
a number of graduate and postgraduate students.
The Centre aims to attract students into the animal biology field, to attract
visiting lecturers and research workers, and to promote awareness of animal
biology in the general community.