UK - Bristol Veterinary School, Bristol
The University of Bristol Veterinary School is part of the University of Bristol's Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences. The school occupies two sites. The Department of Pre-Clinical Veterinary Science, which is located on Southwell Street in West Bristol, is where the preclinical years (1-3) are based. The Department of Clinical Veterinary Science is some 14 miles away in the village of Langford, North Somerset. This site accommodates the clinical years (4-5). It is also home to the Langford Veterinary Service (LVS), which provides first opinion practice for all areas of the profession, as well as referral services for equine and small animals.
The Department of Clinical Veterinary Science in Langford is based in the property and grounds of Langford House, which was originally developed as a farming estate by Simon Hill in 1877. The building, despite having been built in the mid-Victorian era, features distinctly Georgian architecture, as does much of the old city of Bristol. The Langford estate remained in the hill family until it was purchased by the Commissioners of Crown Lands in 1944. In 1951, it was acquired by the University of Bristol to be developed as a veterinary field station, and since then has been the site of clinical training for many generations of veterinary students. The School of Preclinical Veterinary Science is housed in the building of the old Kingsdown Grammar School, on Southwell Street, Bristol.
As well as the undergraduate Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) degree, the Vet School also provides numerous other undergraduate courses including Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science, Veterinary Cellular and Molecular Science, and Anatomical Science with Veterinary Anatomy. As well as these, it also accommodates postgraduate courses including PHd research posts and MSc in Meat Science and Technology. It also offers continuing education in the form of the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP), and various other continuing professional development (CPD) courses.
The current major strategic aim of Bristol Vet School is to "develop internationally excellent cross-disciplinary research programmes in infectious diseases and food borne zoonoses that will fulfill the aspirations of the Selborne report and contribute to the UK Veterinary Schools collaborative research initiative." Within this initiative, current research is divided into four groups; Animal Behaviour & Welfare, Food Science & Safety, Infection & Immunity, and Matrix Biology.The new Animal Behaviour & Welfare building, designed by architects NVB and opened in January 2009, aims to achieve a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) 'excellent' rating for sustainability, design, and energy usage. It looks to provide a focus for research sponsors from both the UK and Europe with an interest in sustainability.
Langford Veterinary Services, a culmination of the first opinion and referral practices at the School of Clinical Veterinary Science, is a dynamic, customer focussed veterinary business, providing an extensive range of specialist capabilities. All clinics are supported by highly specialised clinicians, diagnosticians, anaesthetists and nurses. The comprehensive and multi-disciplined referral service receives cases from both the South West and Wales, as well as further afield within the UK, while the first opinion practices service large areas of the South West, the Farm Animal Practice alone serving over 200 farm clients. The Langford Veterinary Service also offers an abbatoir service, and a behaviour clinic for treatment of pets with abnormal or undesirable behavioural traits.
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