Myerscough College’s state-of-the-art veterinary nursing centre has been officially opened, almost 40 years after the college introduced specialist courses in the subject.

The centre boasts an impressive list of facilities, including

  • a fully-equipped small animal operating theatre
  • radiography and dark room with ancillary equipment and ultrasound scanner
  • a suite of isolation and veterinary examination and rehab rooms
  • a range of housing units for different species of animals

The building is also home to modern classrooms complete with interactive boards, spacious private meeting rooms, reception and study areas, all equipped with the latest technology.

Lord Sandy Trees, renowned for his work in the field of veterinary parasitology, was the guest of honour at the opening ceremony.

He said: “The growth of the veterinary profession over the past few decades is remarkable and one we should be proud of. It’s been driven by passionate people such as the staff and students here, for the benefit of the public and the animals they own. It’s a continuing journey and this centre will play a big part in it in the years ahead.”

Prof Lord Trees added: “Myerscough was only the second institution in the UK to offer courses in the subject. These facilities are fantastic especially as, in time, there’ll be more veterinary nurses in the industry than there are surgeons. This centre will contribute significantly to the increasingly diverse and specialist care we can give to animals in this country.’’

Myerscough is recognised as being at the forefront of training and qualifications for veterinary nurses. The custom-built complex, at the heart of the college’s main Bilsborrow campus in Lancashire, attracts students from across the UK, as well as internationally.

The department has a staff of 39, including four veterinary surgeons and 32 fully qualified nurses, under the management of Kathy Kissick, head of veterinary nursing and farriery at the college and chairman of the RCVS VN council.

Mrs Kissick, said: “We’re really pleased with our new centre and the contractors have done a marvellous job in designing and building it exactly how we wanted it, right down to the last detail.

“It’s exactly what we wanted it to be and will enable us to do so much in terms of course development, research and many other services in the years to come.”

“This is a really exciting time for our department and the new centre will allow us to deliver high-quality courses to students from all over the country. We are already the number one choice for students wishing to study in this area and this further cements our college as the best around.”

During the ceremony, the opportunity was taken for the assembled group of qualified nurses, both from Myerscough staff and those attending as guests, to make their official declaration as a registered nurse. The RCVS introduced the declaration in 2012. This means anyone qualifying before then not having the chance to make their declaration and reflect on the commitment they had made and were making to the animals in their care.

The opening of the new centre caps an excellent past 12 months for the vet nursing department at Myerscough. As well as superb exam results once again, the latest Ofsted inspection rated it as “good” under the new stricter, student-focused inspection regime, recording key strengths in student experience, support, employability skills and teaching from vocationally experienced staff.

The college also operates at additional centres at Lynwood in Dorset and Chestergates on the Wirral.

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