The College officially opened its Agricultural & Veterinary Science Centre in October 2008.
The AgVet Science Centre has been purpose built to enable a range of teaching opportunities in the fields of grazing animal husbandry and veterinary procedures. It is a unique resource offering facilities not available in other Colleges throughout Queensland, incorporating both a modern approach to large animal handling and teaching facilities all under one roof.
In establishing this Centre, Columba Catholic College is tapping into a modern era of agricultural education that is imperative to both its current and prospective students. The College will make it a priority to develop the practical and theoretical skill base of students which will assist them in obtaining careers in agriculture, whether it be on a property, or for those going on to university to study courses such as veterinary science, agricultural science, rural technology or rural management.
Senior students' education will be enhanced by their involvement with the maintenance and the daily operation of the facility, along with direct association with veterinary procedures being undertaken.
Parents can be assured that their children are being provided with the best possible education in the safe environment that Charters Towers has to offer.
Students from rural communities can identify with the teachings through the Agricultural Science programs permitting them to feel more at ease upon entering the Columba Community.
The Columba Catholic College Cattle Club is another reason that makes the AgVet Science Centre attractive, in that students establish links with home and industry. Cattle Club provides students with the opportunity to travel to shows and enter competitions in cattle judging, parading etc, which in turn allows students to interact with industry specialists, being exposed to real-life scenarios and gaining knowledge and skills that can not be taught in a classroom.
It must be emphasised that the AgVet Science Centre, together with Cattle Club is not just for students with rural knowledge. Having this centre allows for students with no prior knowledge or experiences of growing up on the land, the chance to experience rural education in a modern, well equipped and safe centre. It is a great way for students to make friends in a relaxed, safe and controlled environment and to learn about animals, including cattle, horses, Boer goats and chickens.
The AgVet Centre also maintains an intensive vegetable garden, along with a modern orchard. The vegetable garden and orchard are maintained and cared for by students, allowing them to acquire practical skills they can use in their own personal life.
For more information on the subjects available for study through the AgVet Centre, refer to the Curriculum Handbooks.