M Djuric, DVM
The proposal to construct a new Veterinary School of Medicine at the Manor Park campus of the University of Surrey in Guildford, England, UK has been given planning permission by the Guildford Borough Council. This will be one of eight of veterinary schools in the UK.
The new Veterinary school will consist of three buildings. The main academic building will include offices, teaching spaces, lecture theatres, research laboratories, a cafe and an animal clinical skills centre – the new school’s flagship centre.
The animal clinical skills centre will include a haptics laboratory, which will feature simulators that will help students to develop their clinical diagnostic skills and mock veterinary surgery practise.
The University of Surrey will receive a grant from the Higher Funding Council for England for the clinical skills centre, which will include an animal examination area, as well as livestock and handling areas.
The new school of Veterinary Medicine will invest in 65 new posts within the university and joint academic posts with partner institutions, as well as numerous support staff roles.
The Veterinary school will accept its first cohort of students onto its veterinary medicine and science degree programme in September 2014. Meantime, students and staff will use the university’s existing teaching and research facilities, including a new pathology laboratory which opened in February 2013, before moving to the Manor Park site when it is completed.
It is expected that the new school will provide a stimulating environment not only for the undergraduate students but also for the professional development and training of qualified veterinary surgeons. The university campus will also be one of the first places in the world to test the next generation of 5G mobile technology.
Work on the site will begin early next year, with the buildings scheduled for completion in autumn 2015.