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A unique partnership between two outstanding universities. The Harper and Keele Veterinary School brings together two unique institutions with a track record of excellence in teaching and student experience, to provide an exciting new opportunity for veterinary students to train within rural Staffordshire and Shropshire.

This exciting new programme will educate a new generation of veterinary surgeons ready to enter the modern veterinary profession.

Our veterinary students will have access to state-of-the-art clinical facilities on the Harper campus complimented by world leading science facilities on the Keele campus, which includes a Medical School. Our fully integrated curriculum ensures that students will relate their underpinning knowledge to clinical relevance from the outset.

Widening access to the veterinary profession

Both universities have a strong reputation for widening participation in higher education and providing opportunities for all. One of the founding principles of the new School is to widen opportunities to study Veterinary Medicine for all.

There is currently no provision to study Veterinary Medicine in the Shropshire and Staffordshire regions so accessibility will be considerably increased for students local to the area. Applicants will also be able to benefit from the facilities provided by both institutions to support students.

Different Foundation Year routes to the programme will developed in time to further increase access for students who may not follow a traditional route to the profession.

For further information about the support available visit either the Harper or Keele websites.

About Harper Adams University

Set on a 635 hectare farm in stunning Shropshire, Harper Adams is the UK’s leading specialist university tackling the future development of the world’s food production, animal sciences, engineering, land management and sustainable business.

Harper Adams has been delivering animal health higher education for nearly 30 years, with Veterinary Nursing, Bioveterinary Science and Animal Behaviour and Welfare programmes proving both popular and successful. More recent additions include postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in Veterinary Physiotherapy and, new from 2018, a suite of Applied Zoology programmes.

Students have access to cutting edge facilities such as the Agricultural Engineering Innovation Centre, where the future of farming is being pioneered with agricultural robots; the Elizabeth Creak Science Laboratories; a new robotic dairy university farm, the Veterinary Services Centre; and the Regional Food Academy.

Applied research is at the heart of the university’s activity, with the work of a thriving academic community underpinning both teaching and work with the industries allied to Harper. The 2014 Government Research Excellence Framework rated all of the university’s research as “of international quality”, and more than half was deemed “world leading” or “internationally excellent”.

Harper Adams University has achieved:

  • Gold in the national Teaching Excellence Framework in 2017, and again in 2018
  • Best Modern University; Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
  • Best for student support, job prospects and courses and lecturers; Whatuni Student Choice Awards awards 2018
  • Top 10 (fifth highest score) of all universities for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018
  • One of the top universities in the UK for graduate employment, with a rate of 97.2 per cent for 2017 graduates (from full-time, first degrees)

Main Building (Harper Adams University)

Main Building (Harper Adams University)

About Keele University

Keele University was founded nearly 70 years ago on the belief that it meets the demands of a new kind of society, economy and world, our principles resonate now more than ever. Located in the heart of England, Keele is the largest single campus university in the country. With the benefits of a rural green campus but with Stoke-on-Trent and its associated towns on the door step, this is a lovely environment in which to live and study. The campus is also home to a Medical School which has extensive facilities on campus as well as partnerships with local NHS Trusts.

Keele excels in both high quality education and research. Keele is world-renowned for the breadth of its teaching and proud of our close knit campus community. In 2018 Keele achieved Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework and was joint first in England for Student Satisfaction with Course in the Guardian University League Table (2019). The University also has an outstanding record in the National Student Survey (NSS), coming 1st of broad based universities in England in 2018 and holding this position for four out of the last five years.

Keele has always taken an innovative approach to its programme development, with an emphasis on providing students with a broad-based education which develops a wide range of academic and practical skills. This approach has been very much at the heart of the development of this new programme.

Keele University has also achieved:

  • Top 5 – Times Higher Education Teaching Excellence Framework rankings
  • 97% of research world leading or of international importance – Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • 96% employability – HESA 2017
  • No 1 for Student Satisfaction with Course, Guardian University League Table 2019
  • Top 10 for health professionals and nursing and midwifery – Guardian University League Table 2019

Union Square (Keele University)

Union Square (Keele University)

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