Winter morning Ardcairnie, July 2013

Extramural Farm Experience (EFE) Scheme for Murdoch University Veterinary and Animal Science Students


From Jim and Pam: In late 2007, farming friends already in the scheme suggested we might like to participate in the Extramural Farm Experience scheme run by Murdoch University for their Veterinary and Animal Science students.


We enjoy sharing what we do, so signed up for one student for one week during June 2008, when we are calving.  And what a thrill to see her and another of "our" students feature in the Vet School series on ABC television in July / August 2013.


Murdoch students with some of our quiet cattle...Murdoch students with some of our quiet cattle...Just finished feeding out to the cow mob, December 2015Murdoch students with some of our quiet cattle...We very much enjoyed that experience have continued each year to offer our operation for the EFE.  To the end of 2018, we’ve hosted 43 students and have added two to that total with one Animal Science student spending a week for farm experience, one vet students spending two weeks doing clinical prac with our vet, and another for a week doing the same – Dr Kate Clayton and her team in Kojonup and Katanning are excellent teachers and the students value their experience there..


As farm hosts, Murdoch Vet School invites us to attend the Registration Day each year with the graduating students.  At the 2017 event, we noticed a distinct lack of awards for anything bovine so after a great deal of thought, the Ardcairnie Angus Bovine Award came into being for the 2018 day.  That turned out to be two days as the last six-year course and the first five-year course both completed their studies.  Happy days for us and lovely to meet the two recipients – both young women passionate about cattle.  We have since had letters from both of them, grateful that their hard work had brought an unexpected dividend.


The Ardcairnie Angus Bovine Award continues (at this stage) for 2019 and 2020.


If you are interested in finding out more about the Murdoch Extramural Farm  Experience Scheme, please contact Claire McNaughton at Murdoch University, phone (08) 9360 2653, fax (08) 9310 7495 or email

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