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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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New York to ban sale of foie gras

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 New York City councillors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of legislation that will see the ban of foie gras in the city. The move, which comes in response to animal cruelty concerns, will take effect in 2022.


 Councillor Carlina Rivera, who sponsored the legislation, told the New York Times that her bill “tackles the most inhumane process” in the commercial food industry. “This is one of the most violent practices, and it’s done for a purely luxury product,” she said.


 Foie gras is a food product made of the liver of a goose or duck that has been fattened, often by force-feeding. New York City is one of America’s largest markets for the product, with around 1,000 restaurants currently offering it on their menu. 

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Humane Slaughter Association student scholarships open for applications

Applications for the Humane Slaughter Association’s student/trainee Dorothy Sidley Memorial Scholarships are now open.

The Scholarships provide funding to enable students or trainees in the industry to undertake a project aimed at improving the welfare of food animals during marketing, transport and slaughter. The project may be carried out as an integral part of a student's coursework over an academic year, or during the summer break.

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 28 February 2020. To apply and for further information visit www.hsa.org.uk/grants or contact the HSA office.