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CVS teams up with Keele University

5th July 2018

CVS Group continues its UK expansion developing new sites and is delighted to announce a major innovative partnership with Keele University to develop facilities to house new veterinary services as well as key components for the delivery of the veterinary curriculum as part of the new joint Veterinary School project between Harper Adams University and Keele University.

The capital development will comprise a veterinary hospital, a clinical skills centre and the Keele campus-based Veterinary School hub facilities. Developed by CVS on the Keele University Science and Innovation Park, the facilities will be ready for the first student intake in autumn 2020.

The veterinary hospital will contain capacity for first opinion work, specialist referrals and out-of-hours emergency services. Veterinary students will rotate through the hospital as part of the Harper Adams and Keele Veterinary School’s commitment to provide a curriculum that equips graduates with skills and knowledge for the modern veterinary workplace; primary care skills will be a particular focus and will dovetail well with Keele’s strengths in this area in the nearby Medical School.

The clinical skills centre will be used by veterinary staff and students and also by CVS Group for postgraduate training. The adjacent Veterinary School hub will be a veterinary ‘home’ for school staff and students on the campus. Both parties see the development as the start of ways to create meaningful projects for mutual benefit.

Simon Innes, CEO at CVS Group commented, “This is a major innovative partnership between CVS Group and Keele University which will enable the parties to work together to deliver a quality building of architectural and clinical merit of which we can all be proud and which will serve Harper Adams and Keele Veterinary School students and also veterinary surgeons and enable them to co-exist as well as enabling us to help to grow new vets for the future.”

Professor John Innes, CVS Referrals Director said, “This is a very exciting project. Keele and Harper Adams Universities have signalled their intent to look at diversity in student recruitment and to produce a curriculum that is founded on the needs of the sector. These are initiatives which we very much support and we look forward to partnering with them over the coming years. Buildings are a great start but we believe it will be the people synergies that the buildings create that will be the real jewel in the crown of this partnership. The veterinary hospital will create fantastic job opportunities for vets and nurses within a stimulating environment surrounded by great science and education on the campus.”

Keele University Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jonathan Wastling said, “We are delighted by this project with CVS which we expect to be the first of a number of key industry partnerships which we will develop as we progress toward opening the joint Veterinary School in 2020.  The new facilities will enhance the exciting environment provided by Keele’s expertise in Life Sciences and our highly regarded Medical School, as well as Harper Adams’ long-established record in delivering programmes in the veterinary field, agriculture and animal sciences and their world-class animal facilities.  State of the art facilities on the campus, co-located with industry will enable us to offer the perfect built and teaching environment for our veterinary students.”