Harper Adams University College has announced it is investing in its veterinary-related subjects with the hiring of three new staff as well as the building of a new veterinary services centre and hydrotherapy suite.

Harper Adams University College has announced it is investing in new staff, facilities and courses for its veterinary-related subjects.

The new staff at Harper Adams University College (L-R: Lucy Evans, Beth Roberts and Elizabeth Gilbert)A vet surgeon, Elizabeth Gilbert, and vet nurse, Lucy Evans, have been hired by the university college to join the team of five and eight who support the veterinary nursing courses respectively, while a hired veterinary physiotherapist, Beth Roberts, will welcome the first students to the veterinary physiotherapy course in 2013.

The college has also launched a postgraduate veterinary nursing qualification, which can be studied to postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma and master’s levels.

Erica Martin, section head of veterinary nursing at Harper Adams, said: “Veterinary nursing as a graduate career is now established, so we are thrilled to offer further career and academic development with the MSc in veterinary nursing.”

Meanwhile, the BSc (Hons) veterinary physiotherapy course starting next year will be led by senior lecturer Carole Brizuela.

“With a new veterinary services centre and hydrotherapy suite to be built on the Harper Adams campus, and with the appointment of our first in-house veterinary physiotherapy lecturer,” she said, “[we] will be able to offer dedicated teaching in animal physiotherapy to our undergraduate students and enhance the quality of provision to our postgraduate cohorts.”

Carwyn Ellis, head of the animal production, welfare and veterinary sciences department at Harper Adams, said the new staff represent only part of its additional resources directed towards the veterinary services sector.

“With additional staffing and a new veterinary services centre planned,” he said, “these are exciting times for our department.”

The veterinary services centre at the Harper Adams campus is expected to open by Easter 2014.

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