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Animal Care and Vet Nursing Courses Transfer from North East Scotland College to SRUC

Published Thursday, 10th December 2015 in Veterinary Services news

Vet nursing students

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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