Published Thursday, 10th December 2015 in Veterinary Services news
Courses in Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing, presently offered by North East Scotland College, are to transfer to Scotland’s Rural College.
From August 2016, SRUC will run the courses on its Aberdeen Campus at
Craibstone, utilising the existing specialist facilities that NESCol developed
there in 2012.
The move means SRUC will take on up to 180 students
following Animal Care courses at Introduction, National Certificate and Higher
National Diploma levels or Veterinary Nursing City and Guilds level 3 Diploma.
The NESCol staff who deliver the programme will also be transferring to SRUC.
This is made simpler because both NESCol staff and students are currently based
at the Craibstone estate and share facilities with their SRUC counterparts.
At SRUC Aberdeen, the students will continue to work
regularly with animals, including cattle, horses and exotic pets. SRUC Acting
Chief Executive Janet Swadling commented:
"Bringing together the animal care veterinary nursing
provision from NESCol to SRUC is a key part of the Scottish Strategy for
Land-based Education, which aims to encourage greater engagement with industry
to ensure employment needs are met. The enhanced provision run by SRUC as
Scotland's specialist land-based, higher and further education provider, will
help meet that need.”
SRUC also delivers Veterinary Nursing on its Barony Campus
near Dumfries and the consultation about the transfer of Veterinary Nursing
from Edinburgh College to SRUC’s Oatridge campus has recently commenced.
"SRUC is delighted to be working with our Aberdeen
partner NESCol, in the transfer of students and staff, ” said Janet Swadling.
“We look forward to welcoming them for the next academic year."
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