The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at The University of Nottingham has been awarded the highest accolade by RCVS Council, which recommended full recognition of the innovative Nottingham degree course.
The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at The University of Nottingham has been awarded the highest accolade by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). The RCVS Council has recommended full recognition of the innovative Nottingham degree course.
The decision, announced yesterday (June 2, 2011), is the best possible praise for staff and students at the first new vet school to open its doors in the UK for 50 years.
Gary England, foundation dean and professor of comparative veterinary reproduction, said: “This is a fantastic acknowledgment of the quality of the teaching programme here at Nottingham; the effort put into developing the course has been huge and I am so pleased that the efforts of our staff and students have been rewarded by this recommendation.”
The Nottingham vet school, which celebrates its very first final year graduation ceremony on July 22, 2011, has helped to change the way veterinary medicine is taught in Britain.
From the school’s admissions process and its unique “body system” based approach to learning (which allows students to learn about different areas of the body in a more intuitive and holistic way) through to the involvement of clinical associates and other organisations within the research programs, the school has taken a whole new approach to teaching the subject of veterinary medicine.
Prof David Greenaway, vice-chancellor of the university, said: “Setting up a school of veterinary medicine and science from a standing start was a very big commitment.
“The hard work and commitment shown by colleagues in the school, and the university more widely, in developing such a high-quality course deserves the recognition it has received from the RCVS. It is an outstanding achievement.”
Since the first cohort of students walked through the doors five years ago their progress and the work of the school has been monitored closely by a team of veterinary surgeons, academics and education specialists from the RCVS. This included two detailed inspection visits to examine the overall academic environment at the School.
This panel of experts carried out its final inspection visit in February. Since then the school has been working closely with RCVS-appointed External Examiners to ensure the level of attainment in assessment of its students is comparable to that at other UK veterinary Schools.
Prof Lance Lanyon, chairman of the visitation panel said: “The visitors were struck by the level of commitment staff showed to meeting the objectives of the School and the pride in its achievement displayed by all the staff and students that they met. Achieving such unity of purpose in a university setting is a remarkable testament to the high standard of leadership from the dean and his senior colleagues working within a refreshingly supportive environment of devolved authority provided by the university.”
The next step is for the Privy Council to be asked to make a Recognition Order.
- The graduate’s ability to practise veterinary surgery is not dependent on the Recognition Order. This has been made possible by RCVS and Nottingham holding exams jointly.