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University of Central Lancashire and Myerscough College strike deal ahead of city’s new vet school

Posted on - 4th August, 2023 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Education, Preston News, UCLan, University campus
From l-r Professor Graham Baldwin, UCLan Vice-Chancellor, Dr Heather Bacon OBE, Head of UCLan’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and Alison Robinson, Principal of Myerscough College.

Preston’s university and a large agricultural college on the city’s outskirts are joining forces to train vets of the future.

Myerscough College and the University of Central Lancashire have penned a deal.

It will allow UCLan’s new veterinary medicine students access to the animal facilities at Myerscough’s centre.

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UCLan’s undergraduate and postgraduate students will travel to Myerscough to undertake practical, hands-on animal handling skills across a range of species, including farm, equine and exotic animals. They will also have access to the quality-assured Myerscough farms.

Academics at UCLan and Myerscough will also increasingly work together on research projects.

Dr Heather Bacon OBE, Head of UCLan’s School of Veterinary Medicine, said: “I’m delighted we have been able to partner with such a well-established educational provider.

“Our relationship with Myerscough College is integral to supporting the development of our new Vet School and this partnership is a key step forward in establishing our distributed teaching network.

“I’m really pleased the partnership will also ensure our BVMS, undergraduate and postgraduate students will benefit from excellent ‘real-world’ teaching facilities at Myerscough’s fantastic campus.”

Impression of UCLan's School of Veterinary Medicine building pic: Wilson Mason LLP
Artists impression of UCLan’s School of Veterinary Medicine building pic: Wilson Mason LLP

Alison Robinson, Chief Executive & Principal of Myerscough College and University Centre Myerscough, commented: “Myerscough has a proud 129-year heritage of training the next generation to work with animals.

“We are therefore delighted to further strengthen our relationship with the University of Central Lancashire through supporting the delivery of veterinary education, training and research.

“The University will be able to take full advantage of Myerscough’s two commercial farms, specialist veterinary nursing training facilities, International Equine Arena and associated facilities and our Animal Studies centre. The outstanding facilities and staff at Myerscough will provide UCLan’s veterinary medicine students with the latest training and skills.”

Work on UCLan’s new vet school at the Preston campus is due to see work start later this summer.

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