New vet school opens for applications in bid to tackle workforce shortage

Applications were opened for the vet school on Friday
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Prospective students and aspiring veterinary professionals have been urged to apply for Scotland's first new dedicated vet school in more than a century.

Applications to the SRUC School of Veterinary Medicine opened on Friday, July 5, with the school intending to register its first cohort of students on to its Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSci) degree in Aberdeen in mid-October to early November.

Successful applicants who have completed their interview will be contacted directly to confirm their start date.

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As only the third veterinary school in Scotland and the first in over 150 years, the SRUC School of Veterinary Medicine says it will use innovative teaching methods to prepare students for work in the increasingly important rural mixed practice, agricultural and food sectors.

The new curriculum not only embeds students in real-life practices but will address a number of key issues within the wider rural and veterinary sectors.

Professor Caroline Argo, Dean of Veterinary Medicine and Head of School, said: "It is now recognised that the UK veterinary profession is failing to achieve self-sufficiency in generating and retaining homegrown talent.

"This has serious ramifications for Scotland’s farmers. We are seeking to address this by training the vets that are so essential for our food sector and mixed, rural practices.

"The UK’s vet schools produce professionals of the very highest standard, but changes in the labour market mean that the veterinary profession remains on the Home Office’s ‘Shortage Occupation List’ and has a high turnover rate together with large dependency on non-UK, largely EU vets to address shortfalls in priority areas.

"These areas include remote and rural practice, veterinary public health, livestock health and welfare, and government services, including certification.

"In light of Brexit and border policy changes, it is now essential for Scotland that we build new homegrown talent pools for ourselves, and equip them with the specialist skills, resilience and diversity that our rural communities, government and food sectors require."

To apply visit www.sruc.ac.uk/clearing