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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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New ‘state-of-the-art’ vet school building opens

A new multi-million-pound vet school building has been officially opened at Keele University.

The building hosts students of the Harper and Keele Veterinary School – a joint venture with Harper Adams University – who benefit from its “high-quality” facilities as they train to become the next generation of veterinary professionals.

It boasts modern teaching facilities, a lecture theatre, break-out areas for group study and brand-new anatomy and clinical skills laboratories.

The development, which signals an investment of around £20 million in the university’s campus and Staffordshire, was officially opened by Professor Lord Trees, the only vet in the House of Lords and former President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Together with the “state-of-art” farm animal and veterinary education centre at Harper Adams, the Harper and Keele Veterinary School offers some of the most “up-to-date and comprehensive” facilities for veterinary education in the UK.

The building will also provide a physical environment to enable staff and students to work closely in partnership with the veterinary industry on the latest innovations in veterinary education and research.

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Training the next generation of vets

The Harper and Keele Veterinary School is one of the UK’s newest veterinary schools and welcomed its first intake of students in 2020.

Combining the medical and life sciences expertise on offer at Keele University with the agricultural and animal science pedigree of Harper Adams, students at Harper Keele Vet School benefit from a “unique “blend of expertise combining academic and practical experience.

Interview with vet student at Harper and Keele Veterinary School

Recently, as part of our Student Focus series, our resident editor, Catherina Cunnane, profiled Kate Rogers (20), a vet student at the college, having enrolled in 2021.

She told That’s Farming:

“HK Vet School seemed a lot more hands-on than a lot of vet schools. There is a huge emphasis on practical skills and animal handling and management, whereas I found that a lot of the other universities I interviewed for were maybe more into theory.”

“I kind of took a long way around to get into uni. So, I studied English Literature, Philosophy and Physics at A-level and left school without any idea what I wanted to do.”

“I love the course and find the anatomy and physiology aspects really interesting, although it is challenging at times.”

“There is also a big emphasis on production animal management which, by not coming from a farming background, takes a while to get your head around, but the weeks when we learn about that are always a nice change from dissections and physiology lectures,” she added.

Read part one and part two of her interview.

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