Keele University and Harper Adams University have confirmed a joint veterinary school will be built and welcome its first cohort of students in 2020.
The school – which will become the UK’s ninth – will offer a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery degree, with training delivered on both campuses in partnership with local clinical providers and industry.
Accreditation will be sought from the RCVS.
Harper Adams University specialises in the agricultural and rural sectors, while Keele University specialising in life sciences.
Vice-chancellor of Keele University Trevor McMillan said: “I am delighted that, together with Harper Adams University, we have taken another major step forward in progressing our plans to develop a joint veterinary school.”
David Llewellyn, vice-chancellor of Harper Adams University, said: “After nearly a year of joint planning, both university governing bodies have strongly endorsed the proposal to create a joint veterinary school.
”Two major considerations for the Harper Adams board were the school will aim to widen access in this subject area and, importantly, further support the UK’s agricultural sector as it faces a period of major change when the UK leaves the European Union.
”We are excited by the prospect of jointly creating a veterinary school and look forward to continuing our work with Keele University on this initiative.”
As well as being a new provider, the school will reach out to those who may not have traditionally considered a career as a vet, the institutes said.
Their joint commitment to social mobility – combined with the school’s location within the rural communities of Staffordshire and Shropshire, and on the edge of the Stoke-on-Trent conurbation – makes it ideally placed to offer opportunities not available in the area.
Jonathan Wastling, pro-vice-chancellor and executive dean of natural sciences at Keele University, said: “Today’s decision allows us to move forward with delivering this ambitious and pioneering project, which will enhance business and local development opportunities, and lead the agenda on new partnerships in higher education by providing a distinctive veterinary school for the UK.”
This is fantastic news for the veterinary industry in the UK and will hopefully help to drive a new generation of enthusiastic vets to join our workforce.
The Vet Service are available to chat today about the status of veterinary jobs in the industry here in the UK/Ireland.
There are also numerous options for vet jobs abroad in New Zealand and Australia for anyone looking for international career options in the future.
All discussions are of course confidential.