The University of Cambridge Veterinary School has unveiled its new £3m building upgrade project.

Supporters and staff of the veterinary school joined the chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Lord Sainsbury of Turville, on January 21, as he officially opened the development.

New and refurbished areas have provided the veterinary school with a new clinical skills centre; nine new consultation rooms and an upgrade to include a student teaching consultation room; a new pharmacy; relocation of accommodation for clinicians and veterinary interns; and relocation of the clinical pathology laboratory and the University of Cambridge Veterinary School trust office to within the hospital.

Lord Sainsbury said: “I am delighted to open the most recent – and transformative – addition to the department, and to Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital.

“Although well supported by the university for much of the past 25 years, the department has relied on its own resourcefulness and the generous support of donors through the Cambridge Veterinary School Trust to build some of its newer facilities.

“I know the department would like me to extend its thanks to the Veterinary School Trust and to the individual donors who, through their generosity, have made this possible.”

The new Pauline Brown Clinical Skills Centre is a dedicated instructional room with dozens of interactive models and simulators for training and self-study.

As such, it will play a crucial role in the students’ learning experience by allowing them to practise essential technical skills over a wide range of disciplines in a low-stress environment, and enable them to become proficient with procedures and equipment before using these on animal patients.

James Wood, head of the department of veterinary medicine, said: “This building project has enhanced both the teaching and the hospital environment, and creates far better on-site facilities for the education of student and the treatment of animals in our care.

“The new clinical skills teaching laboratory will provide our students with modern, state-of-the-art facilities to practise and improve their proficiencies in the wide range of practical skills needed by new graduates.”
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