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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 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 training from access to a wide variety of extramural study placements in industry.

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 a common commitment to excellence but 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 have developed alternative routes to enter the new School in the form of Year 0 and Foundation options.

Pooling their 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which open day should I go to and can I go to more than one?

We invite you to visit both campuses, but be led by the one you think you would prefer as your home base. See more on the events page.

Which University do I apply to?

You apply to the vet school directly through UCAS, using school code H25 and course code D100. Visit our How to apply page for further information.

Which university, Harper or Keele, will be my 'home site'?

You will be asked for your preference when you receive the offer of a place. Home 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.

Will lectures take place on both campuses?

Yes, lectures and practicals will be delivered at both campuses, sometimes to the whole student group and other lectures will be delivered on one and simultaneously streamed to the other campus. You will spend most of your time on your home campus.

Where will I graduate from?

You graduate from the Harper and Keele Veterinary School.

Do I get a degree from both Universities?

There will be a single, jointly awarded degree, conferred within a bespoke set of assessment regulations approved by the two universities.


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