A new state-of-the-art lecture theatre and conference centre has been opened at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) in Newmarket by The Princess Royal.

A new state-of-the-art lecture theatre and conference centre has been opened at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) in Newmarket by The Princess Royal.

The facility within the John MacDougall Visitors Centre at the AHT has been purpose-built to enhance the Trusts education programme for vets, scientists and people involved with the charity’s work.

Mark Vaudin, assistant chief executive of the AHT, said: “Education is key at the AHT. Until now we have never had the facilities to properly provide a fully integrated education programme.

“This new lecture theatre allows us not only to enhance the education programme for our own staff but also gives the opportunity to provide training and education for vets and scientists working both here in the UK and across the world.”

The facility houses a 60-seat, tiered lecture theatre equipped with a wall-mounted flat screen and an easy to use audio-visual system, sympathetically built within a converted stable block, overlooking woodland and paddocks.

The visitors centre also features break-out areas for smaller groups, a coffee shop and a large courtyard giving access to an orchard and places to walk.

The AHT has a long history of offering educational programmes. Each year it hosts more than 20 continuous professional development lectures and practical sessions for veterinary professionals. It also runs genetics courses for dog breeders.

The Princess Royal, president of the AHT, said: “This lecture theatre is an exciting opportunity for the AHT. It is a first class educational facility and its development is ideally timed to make the most of the technology available enabling the AHT to offer dynamic and interesting educational experiences. It will no doubt have long term benefit, not only for raising the profile of the AHT, but also in enhancing the educational experiences of vets and scientists working in the wider profession.”

The lecture theatre and conference facility is available to businesses and individuals to hire. Anyone interested in booking the venue or arranging a tour can telephone 01638 555648 or email conference.manager@aht.org.uk

 

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