The first batch of students have begun training at the University of Surrey’s new school of veterinary medicine.
Some 48 students from across the UK and Europe have now embarked on the five-year degree in veterinary medicine and science at the university.
Gail Anderson, head of veterinary education and veterinary clinical sciences, said: “We have warmly welcomed the students to our profession. Their activities during this week focus on building their sense of unity, as this is vital to helping them transition smoothly to the university and on to what will be a demanding but fun course.”
Surrey’s new £45m school of veterinary medicine – one of eight in the UK – will comprise three new buildings with teaching spaces, a large pathology facility with high-containment laboratories, an anatomy laboratory, and a veterinary clinical skills centre for both large and small animals, part funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s catalyst fund scheme.
Construction began in early 2014, and the complex will be complete in late summer 2015.