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Published: 06 October 2014

Surrey welcomes its first student vets

48 students from across the UK and Europe have made history by becoming the first to embark on the new five-year Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Science offered by the University of Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine – the UK’s newest vet school.

During their first week at university, the veterinary students were welcomed by the international faculty and took part in ice-breaker activities. They also learnt how the degree will help them develop into professionals with the potential to participate in all aspects of animal and human health.

Professor Gail Anderson, Head of Veterinary Education and Veterinary Clinical Sciences, said: “We have warmly welcomed the students to our profession. Their activities during this week focus on building their sense of unity, as this is vital to helping them transition smoothly to the University and on to what will be a demanding but fun course.”

Surrey’s new £45m School of Veterinary Medicine – one of only eight in the UK – will comprise three state-of-the art new buildings with teaching spaces, a large pathology facility with high containment laboratories, an anatomy laboratory, and a veterinary Clinical Skills Centre for both large and small animals, part funded by HEFCE’s catalyst fund scheme. Construction began in early 2014, and the complex will be complete in late summer 2015.

The research-led Veterinary Medicine and Science (BVMSci) degree programme is delivered in partnership with a number of veterinary practices and world-leading veterinary research institutes. This will give students the opportunity for real-world, hands-on practical, clinical and research training from the start of their degree, as well as an awareness of the wide range of career opportunities available to veterinary scientists.