The world of veterinary medicine has always attracted some of the brightest and most able students - brought together by a desire to work with animals and a concern for animal welfare.
The careers are varied across the clinical and non-clinical sector. Practising vets can focus on the small animal, equine or farm sectors where advances in animal science and technology are transforming both disease prevention and treatment. But career options in the non-clinical veterinary sector are also growing – with exciting avenues opening up in industry, education, innovation and working collaboratively across animal and human health.
However, a changing industry demands that the vets of tomorrow graduate with not only first rate clinical skills, but a broader set of capabilities. They need to be good communicators with a sound understanding of business. They also need to be confident and resilient first opinion practitioners – who have benefited during their studies from access to a wide variety of placements in clinical practice and related veterinary industries.
These factors have combined to convince Harper Adams University and Keele University that the time is right to create a vet school that meets the challenges of today’s veterinary industry. Harper Adams has a strong pedigree in animal sciences, veterinary nursing and veterinary physiotherapy, whilst Keele has a long history in the life sciences and human medicine. Between them they have 186 years of heritage in the combined animal and human health education sector. Both institutions are well recognised for their strength in employability, student satisfaction and first class teaching. The unique two-centre School will provide students with the opportunity to take advantage of two institutions with not only a common commitment to excellence but also complementary skill sets and resources.
In addition, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), has highlighted the importance of opening up the veterinary profession to a more representative, diverse body of vets. The Harper and Keele Veterinary School recognises that some potentially strong, academically able future vets have been being discouraged from aspiring to the profession by lack of access to work experience opportunities and/or the fierce competition for vet school places. Mindful of this, both institutions are developing alternative routes to enter the new School in the form of Year 0 and Foundation options.
Pooling both university's ambitions, skills and resources in a joint venture, the Harper and Keele Veterinary School is a significant step forward in the provision of veterinary medicine in the UK. We look forward to welcoming the first cohort of Harper and Keele Veterinary School students in 2020.
We encourage you to visit both campuses to explore the excellent combined facilities you will have access to. Bear in mind that either could be your host base. See more on the events page.
You will be asked for your preference when you receive the offer of a place. Host site will be confirmed following the release of results in August, while we will aim to ensure as many applicants as possible get their preferred site, this cannot be guaranteed.
Yes, a wide-range of teaching sessions will be delivered at both campuses. Lectures will typically be delivered at one or other site and live streamed to the other. Practicals, tutorials and other learning sessions will be delivered in a variety of formats. Travel between sites has been minimised to be in line with that expected at other vet schools.
Your degree will be awarded by both Harper Adams University and Keele University.
There will be a single, jointly awarded degree, conferred within a bespoke set of assessment regulations approved by the two universities.