The first school of veterinary science in Wales has launched at Aberystwyth University.
The Aberystwyth School of Veterinary Science will form part of the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences and represents an investment of £1m, funded partly by alumni donations.
It is the latest development in over a century of animal health teaching and research at the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide Welsh Welsh University of the Year 2020. A BSc veterinary biosciences degree was introduced in September 2015.
Students enrolling at the new Aberystwyth School of Veterinary Science in September 2021 will study a new bachelor of veterinary science (BVSc) degree offered jointly by Aberystwyth University and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). The five year degree will see students spend two years at Aberystwyth University followed by three years’ study at the RVC’s Hawkshead Campus in Hertfordshire.
Specific areas of veterinary science can be studied in Welsh, and students will also get hands-on experience on the university’s own dairy and sheep farms, and at the Lluest Equine Centre.
Agriculture and its related industries play such an important part in the Welsh economy and it is incumbent on us as universities to provide the people and the skills that will contribute to ensuring they thrive for years to come – Professor Elizabeth Treasure
Wales’s agricultural industry and wider rural economy is set to benefit from the new centre. “Today marks an important and exciting new chapter in the history of Aberystwyth University and Wales,” said Professor Elizabeth Treasure, vice-chancellor of Aberystwyth University.
“Agriculture and its related industries play such an important part in the Welsh economy and it is incumbent on us as universities to provide the people and the skills that will contribute to ensuring they thrive for years to come.
“The new School of Veterinary Science adds a vitally important new piece to the jigsaw, one that will build resilience in the rural economy through education and research at a time of great potential change and challenges.”
“Our students will enjoy the best of two worlds at universities that offer academic excellence and an enviable reputation for student experience, and I thank everyone who has contributed to finally realising the vision of a school of veterinary science for Wales.”
The Welsh government minister for environment, energy and rural affairs, Lesley Griffiths, has also welcomed the development: “This is great news for veterinary science in Wales. The new School at Aberystwyth University will provide the perfect springboard for the next generation of students to work in this important sector. Their learning will benefit the wider rural economy and agricultural industry.”