Harper and Keele Veterinary School

3 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 extra- mural 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. Introduction