19 April 2013
A contract is now underway to develop a new School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey, one of the UK’s top 20 universities.
When complete, the facility will be one of just eight veterinary schools in the country and the first in the South East outside London, and will allow the university to attract top quality teaching professionals and students as well as providing clinical research facilities for local veterinary practices, institutes and industry partners.
The contract includes building services and BREEAM assessment work on three new academic buildings with a total area of 10.000 square metres and a construction value of around £22m.
The Clinical Skills Centre will include: companion animal handling and examination areas; locomotion and anatomy laboratories; a haptics laboratory (for simulation of clinical skills), a mock veterinary practice and interpersonal skills training centre to build student ability in communicating with clients and handling situations involving animal bereavement.
Ante-mortem and post-mortem examination, histology and pathology facilities will be catered for in the new Animal Management Centre which will also house a Containment level 3 laboratory facility for high level containment work.
The academic building will accommodate offices, lecture rooms, library and other educational/administrative functions, with further clinical skills and examination areas and laboratories.
A student-led livestock farm will also be located on campus providing opportunities for animal handling and husbandry.
The Academic and Clinical Skills buildings will form the gateway buildings for the next important phase of development against the University’s masterplan for its Manor Park campus site.
Construction is set to start on the site in January 2014 with completion in August 2015 ready for the start of the new academic year.
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