RVC has celebrated the opening of a new state-of-the-art centre, built to further research into animal and zoonotic diseases.

The Centre for Emerging, Endemic and Exotic Diseases (CEEED) is based at the college’s Herfordshire campus and is open for use by RVC researchers and students, as well as visiting scientists.

Funded by the East of England Development Agency and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), CEEED has been built with high security laboratories and an open plan office design, to encourage collaboration between the centre’s quantative, clinical and technical scientists, who will be studying the characteristics and containment methods of diseases such as Tuberculosis, MRSA and Avian Influenza.

CEEED also has a seminar room, equipped with tele-conferencing facilities, enabling scientists to discuss findings and disease strategies with other veterinary schools and research institutions.

RVC professor of veterinary public health Katharina Stärk said: “With increasing international travel and trade, infectious diseases can travel quickly in today’s global village. In order to be prepared to tackle emerging risks, contributions from multiple disciplines and international collaboration are essential.

“CEEED allows researchers at the RVC to contribute in a joint effort to enhance human and animal health.”

The new building was officially opened by HEFCE CEO Professor David Eastwood, on February 24.

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