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New UK vet school
  1. Chris Ogden
  1. AVS President, BVA, 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ
  1. e-mail: avspresident{at}

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I AM writing following the recent media coverage of the announcement of a new veterinary school which is being set up at the University of Surrey, with its first intake of students being in 2014.

The Association of Veterinary Students (AVS) is a national student association, and ‘the voice’ of veterinary students in the UK and Ireland. The AVS has consulted widely with veterinary students in the UK and Ireland via its committee and school representatives, student-led discussion forums and the BVA community forum, where many students are coming forward to give their opinions.

It is clearly a controversial and a very emotive discussion topic based on the responses that we collected from our members and it is one that has a direct effect on veterinary students and new graduates

The AVS has acknowledged that the general consensus among the student body is that there is no demand for more veterinary graduates and the profession does not need a new veterinary school in the current climate. Although there will no doubt be enough applicants to the veterinary course to fill another veterinary school, the student body has concerns that there will not …

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