Students have now established their homes at Keele University in Staffordshire and Harper Adams University in Newport, the partners behind the new Harper & Keele Veterinary School, for a five-year degree program for a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Qualification (BVetMS).
The school's principal, Professor Matt Jones, said: “It is really exciting to be able to welcome our first cohort of students. A phenomenal amount of work, from many talented people, has brought us to this point.
"It is a unique delivery model that will allow students to benefit from the combined excellence in teaching, research, and the broader career experiences of two great universities. We have taken a variety of novel approaches to equip students to be learners. for life from the beginning.
“We are confident that the The diverse group of students joining us have already shown that they will rise to the challenges and seize the opportunity that they will face to be true innovators. We will work together with them to create a great veterinary school that complements those already established ".
Harper Adams' Project Director and Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Mills added: “The journey to get us to this point has been entirely focused on planning and project management by a talented group at the two universities. As of now, the focus shifts entirely to our inaugural cohort of veterinary medicine students. In today's climate, this is a rare moment of enthusiasm and optimism. ”
Professor Jonathan Wastling, Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, who led the Keele University project, added: “It is tremendously exciting now that we come to the end of all our planning to see the first cohort of veterinary students. embark on your journey into the world of veterinary medicine. We wish the best to this cohort and to all those that will follow in the future. ”
New veterinary students have traveled from all over the UK and the Republic of Ireland to join the program, which will be taught at both university sites to ensure that graduating veterinarians have well-rounded skills and experiences.