Harper Adams University College has started work on a £600,000 teaching centre for its veterinary nursing students, which will include a hydrotherapy suite.

Harper Adams University College has started work on a £600,000 teaching centre for its veterinary nursing students.

Design of Harper Adams' new vet service centreThe Shropshire-based institution is investing £6m in new campus developments, including a teaching block and agricultural engineering building, as well as the new Veterinary Services Centre.

According to Carwyn Ellis, Harper Adams’ head of animal production, welfare and veterinary sciences, the new centre is being built specifically to meet growing demand for the department’s clinical animal behaviour, veterinary physiotherapy and VN courses.

“This major capital investment will mean students studying these courses will have the very best facilities,” he said.

“This will also enable the university to develop further research within these areas.”

The Veterinary Services Centre will consist of a reception area and office, eight consulting rooms and a hydrotherapy suite.

Mr Ellis added: “The hydrotherapy suite will add to the university’s veterinary resources by providing both a pool and a canine underwater treadmill.

“The pool will be fitted with underwater cameras and the treadmill will have glass sides allowing viewing from all angles.”

The demolition of old teaching buildings is underway, with new build work due to start on May 13, 2013. It is hoped all the new facilities will be finished by the end of the year.

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