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New vet school to open in 2020
The new school will aim to widen access to veterinary medicine.

Joint school aims to support a modern profession

Keele University and Harper Adams University will open a joint veterinary school, taking their first cohort of students in 2020.

After nearly a year of planning, both university governing bodies endorsed the proposal yesterday (15 May).

The new vet school will offer a five-year programme, leading to a Bachelor degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. Training will be delivered on both university campuses in partnership with local clinical providers and the industry.

Accreditation will be sought from the RCVS so that graduates can register and practice as vets when their degrees are awarded.

The new school will aim to widen access to veterinary medicine, by reaching out to those who may not have traditionally considered a career as a vet. It also aims to support the UK’s agricultural sector as it faces a period of major change when the UK leaves the EU.

Dr David Llewellyn, vice-chancellor of Harper Adams, said: “Harper Adams has a successful history of working with the agri-food industry, and our teaching and research specialisms in agriculture and animal sciences will complement Keele’s established track-record in the fields of life sciences and medicine. 

“We are excited by the prospect of jointly creating a new Veterinary School and look forward to continuing our work with Keele on this initiative.”

Professor Jonathan Wastling, pro-vice-chancellor and executive dean of natural sciences at Keele University, added:

“We have been working extremely closely with the industry from day one and will focus our attention on developing a Veterinary School which produces highly-skilled and adaptable graduates, who are well equipped to deal with the challenging and rapidly changing landscape of the modern veterinary profession.”

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Nominations for 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards now open

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 People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  

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New £1m project to investigate dairy cow lameness

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is leading a new £1 million research project to investigate the causes of lameness in dairy cows.

One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”