UCLan set to become just one of 11 UK universities with veterinary school on campus

If approved, the project could bring in an additional 915 student places into the University and around ten undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has put forward plans to set up a new School of Veterinary Medicine on its Preston campus.

Plans for the new school come as a response to a national shortage of vets, outlined in the proposals. The application sent in on behalf of the university by architecture company Wilson Mason indicates a increased shortage of vets in the North of England.

Currently, there is only one school of veterinary in the northern parts of the country and if plans are given the green light, UCLan’s own facilities will become one of eleven UK wide. The facility is aimed at giving students chance to train where there is currently an extremely limited offer, benefiting the region with locally trained vets resulting in additional provision for the wider society.

Students will be encouraged into veterinary clinics early in the curriculum to better foster their communication and business incubation skills. Through a clinical simulation suite, students will enhance skills in performing complex clinical activities, an area that many new veterinary graduates find challenging. The UCLan School of Veterinary Medicine aims to have 64 vet students enrolled by 2023 rising to 470across standard and accelerated graduate entry programmes by 2028.

It is hoped to be at full capacity by 2029/2030. The School of Veterinary Medicine will add an additional 915 student places into the University and will offer a range of approximately ten undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Additionally, the veterinary and associated education programmes offer opportunity in areas including research, non-credit bearing postgraduate continued professional development and wider commercial activity such as veterinary histopathology services.

For students without appropriate science backgrounds or grades, a one-year foundation programme in Bio veterinary Sciences (FHEQ level 4) offers a ‘gateway’ to continued study in Bio veterinary Sciences, or alternatively opens up opportunities to other areas of biomedical and biological science programmes.

Existing on-campus sites are to be used if the proposal is accepted and the new school will be built within the Greenbank site. The Greenbank building was constructed in 1997 and it is planned that with a part refurbishment and part new build, the building will be able to accommodate for the new veterinary school.

The new build element will be constructed on the Greenbank car park to the north east of the building, fronting Victoria Street. Inside, the building will provide facilities such as seminar rooms, clinical skills suites, mock theatres, study suites, dry anatomy rooms, labs, and plant rooms.

UCLan have had a number of new additions built on campus in the last five years. The following plans will be in keeping with the wider university campus and in particular the contemporary aesthetic established by UCLan’s most recent projects, which are the Engineering Innovation Centre and the Student Centre, both located at Adelphi Square on Fylde Road.

Included in the plans is a new accessible pedestrian route from Harrington Street to the south. The surface car parking currently located at the back of the building will be removed and the area will be landscaped.

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Fatima AzizTrainee reporter
  • 05:25, 9 AUG 2022

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