SRUC and Moredun partnership develops

Published Wednesday, 6th June 2018 in Staff news

Prof. Julie Fitzpatrick, Scientific Director and Chief Executive of Moredun Research Institute and Prof. Wayne Powell, Principal & Chief Executive of Scotland’s Rural College
Pictured: Prof. Julie Fitzpatrick, Scientific Director and Chief Executive of Moredun Research Institute and Prof. Wayne Powell, Principal & Chief Executive of Scotland’s Rural College

The new strategic partnership with the Moredun Research Institute has taken a significant step forward as work starts on the joint laboratories at the Pentland Science Park, Midlothian.

The refurbished laboratories will encompass a world-class diagnostic facility as well as one for research in animal health, farm animal disease surveillance and biosecurity.

SAC Consulting Veterinary Services and Moredun Research Institute have a long history of working together to meet the challenges of farm animal disease surveillance for Scotland and developing new approaches to diagnosis and disease control. This is a great development that will allow our partnership with the Moredun Research Institute to develop further. The facility will create critical scientific and intellectual mass, develop economies of scale and promote the viability of investing in state-of-the-art, high precision technology that best services the needs of Scotland’s livestock and other farming industries.

The SRUC facility will house molecular biology, serology, parasitology, histopathology, bacteriology and biochemistry laboratories together on one site.  The first teams from SAC Consulting Veterinary Services based on the Bush Estate near Edinburgh are expected to relocate to the shared laboratory facility at Moredun this autumn 2018, with further teams moving in at the start of 2019.

Head of Veterinary Services, George Caldow said; “This development will fundamentally shift the focus of our partnership with the Moredun, strengthening the relationship and ensuring our goals and priorities are truly aligned. The collaborative approach to delivering results will maximise the opportunities and efficiencies for both organisations.”

Over the summer we will be working together with the Moredun Institute to deliver three workshops covering subjects such as Smart Farming, Enhancing Food Production and Biosecurity.  The workshops, involving teams from both SRUC and the Moredun Institute will start the process of working together on these key global problems.

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