The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at The University of Nottingham has joined a campaign to encourage students from all walks of life to consider a career in veterinary science.
The pioneering veterinary school, officially opened by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal just over a year ago, has joined forces with six out of the country's seven veterinary schools in a campaign to encourage people from different walks of life to study veterinary science.
Currently 98 per cent of veterinary surgeons are white and 75 per cent of veterinary students are female. The campaign "œVeterinary Science for all walks of life" is being spearheaded by The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) as part of the Government's Gateways to the Professions project. Together with the veterinary schools and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), it has matched funding from the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) to help promote the profession to a broader base of applicants.
The RCVS has produced a veterinary careers DVD, featuring Elizabeth Lloyd Burton, a second year vet student at The University of Nottingham, and a brochure in the hope of reaching prospective students from black and minority ethnic backgrounds and lower socio-economic groups, as well as aiming to redress the gender imbalance. The DVD and brochure will be sent to every secondary school in the UK towards the end of May.
A group of students and staff from The University of Nottingham will be attending today's campaign launch at the Rainforest CafÃ© in Shaftesbury Avenue.
The RCVS and veterinary schools say a qualification in veterinary science opens many doors "” trained vets are involved in all walks of life "” including food safety, national security, climate change and developments in medical science.
Gary England, Foundation Dean and Professor of Comparative Veterinary Reproduction at The University of Nottingham's School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, said: "We are delighted to be a part of this project with the other veterinary schools, DEFRA and the RCVS. The University of Nottingham makes significant efforts to widen participation in higher education and we are proud that one third of the students in our first two intakes are from non-traditional backgrounds. We see the Gateway initiative as an exciting addition to our portfolio of activities that will help us to continue our success."
This year there have been around 1500 applications for 120 places at The University of Nottingham's Veterinary School. The school has just begun its annual series of five open days. Demand is high "” as many as 120 prospective students are expected to attend each of the half day sessions. As well as meeting staff sixth formers from across the country get the chance to participate in interactive hands-on activities such as lambing, suturing and ultrasound. They have a campus and school tour and visit the state-of-the-art Dairy Farm.
To reserve a place book online through the open day link on The University of Nottingham website or through the open days link on the School website.
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