The University of Surrey has announced plans for a vet school that will offer, according to academics, “unique” training to produce “veterinary leaders of the future”. Find out why…
The University of Surrey has announced plans for a vet school that will offer what school academics call “unique” training to produce “the veterinary leaders of the future”.
The new school – which will bring the total number of schools in the UK to eight – will sit within the university’s Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, and, building on its strong grounding in biosciences, will embrace the One Health philosophy, providing what the school calls a “unique research-led veterinary medicine degree programme with an emphasis on research, veterinary pathology and livestock medicine”.
The university currently collaborates with a number of key partners, including:
- the AHVLA,
- The Pirbright Institute,
- the VMD,
- Fitzpatrick Referrals,
- Liphook Equine Hospital, and
- Westpoint Farm Vets.
It is these partnerships, said the university, that will enable students at the school to get a unique perspective on One Health medicine.
Lisa Roberts, dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at Surrey, said: “As a research-intensive university we have the expertise, reputation, technical and business skills that our students can benefit from, allowing us to train the veterinary leaders of the future. Combining state-of-the-art facilities, our unique partnerships and a campus location, the new school will provide a stimulating environment not only for undergraduates, but for the professional development training of qualified veterinary surgeons.”
The new vet school will be based in the heart of the university’s campus in Guildford.
Building of new facilities – including research and teaching labs, offices and lecture theatres, diagnostic and teaching pathology facilities and clinical teaching facilities – is due to start at the beginning of 2014 and be completed by August 2015. However, the school will be taking its first limited set of students in September 2014, utilising existing facilities.
The university is already consulting with the RCVS.