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Big step forward for new SRUC Vet School with appointment of Head of Veterinary Education


By David Porter

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A new appointment will see Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) take the next step in the development of its new School of Veterinary Medicine.

Professor Jim Anderson, who has been appointed as Head of Veterinary Education, will play a leading role in shaping and growing Scotland’s first tertiary model of veterinary teaching and learning.

Previously Associate Head of School (Learning, Teaching and Assessment) and Professor of Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine, he brings with him extensive experience of growing and managing a large and diverse department.

He said: “It is a hugely exciting challenge to help shape and develop this vital new service which aims to provide a sustainable, resilient foundation for clinical excellence to support the animals and communities at the heart of Scotland’s natural economy.

“It is a great privilege to take on the delivery of this aim and grow a veterinary school that is truly embedded within an institution that embodies the development of the environment and agriculture and which will be a unique offering in the UK’s veterinary education space.”

Professor Wayne Powell, principal and chief executive of SRUC, said: “The appointment of someone of Jim’s calibre and experience is vital in supporting our growth agenda in this essential area.

“He is a critical element of the new school’s set-up in order to support our contribution to the development of Scotland’s natural economy as a driving force behind the promotion of resilience, diversity and sector fit among our veterinary graduates, embedding them in real-world experience and practice from the outset.

“We have already made a number of key appointments in 2022 and they have all shared their excitement in our sense of purpose and mission and we hope to continue that trend with the next tranche of vet school posts.”

In addition to the Head of Veterinary Education, SRUC will be seeking to recruit several other key posts.

The first of these - the Director of Veterinary Partnerships - will lead on developing and managing a portfolio of partner clinical practices and animal enterprises to support the educational needs of students.

Other senior posts within the School, and recruitment of year one veterinary lecturers, will soon follow.


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