Harper and Keele Veterinary School

11 Vets today need broad skill sets. In each year, 90 of the credits in the new course focus on the core clinical skills, but the remaining 30 credits focus on broadening vet competencies in veterinary public health, professional skills, communication, ethics, well-being and business practice. The curriculum at the Harper and Keele Veterinary School has been designed to enhance the confidence, capability and resilience of the veterinary graduate. A team teaching approach means that a core of permanent Harper and Keele Veterinary School staff are supplemented by practising vets from industry - ensuring that graduates are “job-ready” for a first opinion practice. This engagement with current industry through the course is enabled by the existing network of relationships with veterinary practices that has been developed to support Harper’s Veterinary Nursing and Veterinary Physiotherapy courses. Practising vets are looking for graduates with the experience that comes from having being trained in an industry-focused environment. As Jess Hulme, of Shires Vets, said; “Veterinary students need to be exposed to current practitioners in their training. And they also need to be able to access a wide variety of EMS placements that are relevant to their studies and interests – whether that be in large, small or equine practices.” All of the modules taught in the new school have been designed specifically with the modern vet in mind and are bespoke to the course. However, in order to foster team working skills, there will be opportunities for Vet School students to practise alongside Veterinary Nursing students where relevant. A vet school for the times 1

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