Work is due to start on a £3m improvement project for the University of Cambridge’s vet school. The refurb includes a new clinical skills teaching laboratory, new accommodation for clinicians and interns, and a new pharmacy.  

Work is due to start on a new £3m improvement project for Cambridge’s vet school.

The University of Cambridge Veterinary School Trust announced the launch of a new development project for the school, to provide it with new accommodation and clinical facilities, on May 29, 2013.

Architect's impression of the new developmentsThe refurbishment will provide a new clinical skills teaching laboratory, new accommodation for clinicians and veterinary interns, relocation of the school’s consultation rooms and clinical pathology lab, and a new pharmacy.   

The clinical skills teaching laboratory will be a dedicated instructional room, hosting a range of interactive models and simulators for training and self-study.  

Alun Williams, professor of veterinary diagnostic pathology, said: “The new clinical skills teaching laboratory will provide our students with modern, state-of-the-art facilities to practise and improve their proficiencies in a wide range of practical skills needed by new graduates. The support of the trust with this initiative is invaluable.”

Most of the funding has been provided through bequests, however, the trust still needs to raise £270,000 to equip the new teaching lab and consultation rooms. Work is set to begin in June 2013 and finish in September 2014.

Fourth-year veterinary student Laura McLeod added: “The clinical skills lab will make a massive difference to us. We usually only get to see or perform many techniques once or twice while working in the hospital; to be able to practise these will make us better students and better vets. It will also mean we can make better use of the staff in our final year rotations to learn and improve complex procedures, while being able to perform more basic skills in our own time.”

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