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Construction of Harper Adams veterinary centre underway
“The building on the Harper Adams site will provide a great range of teaching facilities for our students, to complement the wide range of animal facilities we already have on campus."

First student intake for veterinary medicine course due in 2020 

The construction of a new veterinary centre at Harper Adams University in Shropshire is well underway and expected to be completed for the 2020/2021 academic year. 

The £7.3m centre will serve students of the new Harper & Keele Veterinary School, besides those on veterinary nursing, veterinary physiotherapy and wider animal sciences courses at Harper Adams. 

Telford based building and civil engineering contractors, McPhillips (Wellington) Limited, have been erecting the steel frame for the new building, which will include a wide array of lecture theatres, learning spaces and clinical skills environments.

“Our plans for the Veterinary School are proceeding well, with our first student intake to the new veterinary medicine course due in 2020,” said the University’s vice-chancellor, Dr David Llewellyn.

“The building on the Harper Adams site will provide a great range of teaching facilities for our students, to complement the wide range of animal facilities we already have on campus. We are excited to see the progress that is being made with the Harper & Keele Veterinary School, which is generating considerable interest within the veterinary profession, and we look forward to seeing the new building take shape in the coming months.”

Work on the build began in July 2019 and forms part of a wider investment at Harper Adams of £10.2 million over the coming year.

The centre has been designed to be naturally lit and naturally ventilated, except for more specialist learning areas. It will also run off the University’s heating, electric and water network, which deliver energy and water at a much lower carbon footprint than the equivalent connections to the mains.

Image (C) Harper Adams University.

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 The world's biggest survey of butterflies is back for 2020!

Butterfly Conservation's Big Butterfly Count launches on Friday, 17 July and will run until Sunday 9 August. Members of the public can get involved by downloading the Big Butterfly Count App or recording results on a downloadable sheet available from

'It's a fantastic activity for people from three to 103 years and we'd encourage everyone to take 15 minutes in an appropriate outdoor space during sunny conditions to simply appreciate the nature around them and do their bit to help us understand butterfly populations,' said a Butterfly Conservation spokesperson. 

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New appointment at Dechra

Dechra Veterinary Products Ltd (Dechra) has announced a key appointment to support veterinary professionals across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Karen Hockley has been appointed as a telesales account manager and will provide the latest products, news and developments from Dechra. She joins the company from a large mixed practice in Northern Ireland where she was the branch manager.

Before that, Karen had worked for a multinational veterinary pharmaceutical company as a key account manager for Northern Ireland. She can be contacted at or 087 219 54 30.