The Animal Health Trust (AHT) has donated theatre equipment to the University of Cambridge’s vet school to help with clinical skills training.

The fully functional anaesthesia workstation, said the trust, will assist in the teaching of anaesthesia and analgesia to undergraduates. It was unneeded after a revamp of the theatre at the charity’s small animal centre in Newmarket, Suffolk.

Head of anaesthesia at the AHT Colette Jolliffe said: “It seems only right we should pass on the equipment for others to benefit from it, as we, and countless animals, have done so for so many years.

“We are absolutely thrilled to hear the vet school will be able to make use of it for educational purposes to help train the next generation of vets.”

In its new home at the Pauline Brown Clinical Skills Centre, the workstation will be used to show students how an anaesthetic machine works and how to use it.

The skills centre, a new acquisition to the vet school, will include a dedicated instructional room with interactive models and simulators for training and self-study and will enable students to practise essential technical skills over a wide range of disciplines.

Director of studies for veterinary medicine at Cambridge’s Lucy Cavendish College, and academic lead in the skills centre Jackie Brearley, said: “Being able to include the anaesthetic machine will ensure the students are able to familiarise themselves with this crucial and complex area of veterinary medicine that plays an essential role, not just in the theatre environment, but also with many diagnostic techniques and to enable the administration of treatments.”

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