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Two universities join up to announce plans for new West Midlands vet school

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KEELE University and Harper Adams University have announced that they are in the early stages of talks to establish a new joint veterinary school.

The universities have signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of the new school, which will be split across Keele’s campus close to Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire and Harper Adams’ campus just outside Newport in Shropshire. They also plan to work in partnership with local clinical providers and with industry.

The school will offer a five-year course leading to the award of a Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences (BVSc) degree, and the universities say that they will seek accreditation from the RCVS so that graduates can register and practise as vets when they receive their degrees.

Jonathan Wastling, pro-vice-chancellor and executive dean of natural sciences at Keele University, said that the new veterinary school would draw on Keele’s expertise in life sciences and its highly regarded medical school, as well as on Harper Adams’ record in delivering education in agriculture, animal sciences and the veterinary field.

‘State-of-the-art laboratories available on the Keele campus will be complemented by world-class large and …

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