Harper and Keele Veterinary School

17 Harper Adams University A 650 hectare farm All students at the Vet School have access to Harper’s working farm, which includes all key livestock – beef, dairy, poultry, pigs and sheep – allowing students easy access to the commercial livestock facilities, which offer extensive support for learning, teaching and research. Centre for Animal Well-being The new Centre for Animal Well- being brings together existing and new resources at Harper Adams to deliver a multidisciplinary approach to animal well-being. Whilst focusing on veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing and veterinary physiotherapy, the Centre will also cater for pharmacists, animal scientists, animal nutritionists, precision livestock specialists, big data analysts and social scientists. The Centre will be a key resource in the UK's commitment to place animal well-being at the heart of the effort to tackle the challenge of animal welfare and global food security. As well as featuring 2 new lecture theatres and various teaching spaces, the new building also features a social and learning hub for Vet Med students. The Veterinary Services Centre The Veterinary Services Centre is a purpose-built facility available for teaching and research purposes. The facility comprises a reception area and offices, eight consulting rooms, and the hydrotherapy suite. The hydrotherapy suite is a state- of-the-art room with the benefit of both a pool and a canine underwater treadmill. The Companion Animal House This has a wide range of small companion mammals and exotic species. This facility is due to be expanded with an extension to the current building going up in 2019 prior to the first cohort of Vet School students arriving in 2020. The new Companion Animal House will include a nocturnal species room, an isolated hospital room, and modern indoor/ outdoor rabbit housing. Multiple animals of each species allow demonstration and hands-on practice of a range of management systems and husbandry techniques. The Anatomy Laboratory This is a ‘wet lab’ for animal anatomy and physiology dissection classes. It is fully functional for formalin dissection and is positioned such that comparison with the live animal in one practical class is possible. The Agri-Epi Dairy research facility In addition to Harper’s main dairy unit, the University also operates a robotic dairy unit on behalf of Agri-Epi (one of the UK agri-tech innovation centres). This has a herd of 60 Holstein/Friesian dairy cows milked through a single DeLaval robotic milking unit involved in ongoing research into animal welfare and productivity. Research environment Harper Adams has created an environment where students, staff and industry work together on research with real-world impact, improving animal welfare, tackling food scarcity, and developing new farming technologies. 3

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