AM presses case for veterinary school in Aberystwyth

ELIN JONES, local Plaid Cymru Assembly member for Ceredigion, has called on the Welsh Government to give more support to efforts to establish a veterinary school in Aberystwyth.

At present, there are no Welsh universities which provide full MRCVS (Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) accredited veterinary qualifications. However Aberystwyth, with its expertise in the field of animal science through the internationally-regarded IBERS institute, is in a prime position to fill the current gap.

Elin Jones AM

Photo – Elin Jones AM, flickr

Elin Jones raised the issue with the Education Minister in the National Assembly stating that:

“The lack of Vet training is a significant gap in Welsh higher education. There exists in Aberystwyth a strong base of teaching expertise and research to fill the void”

She went on to say that:

“However, the process is not straightforward, as the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) retains, through an Act of Parliament of 1966, a de facto veto on deciding which institutions can award the full qualification. This ‘closed shop’ situation seems to me an anomaly in an age where most of the responsibility for education and animal health are now devolved.

I have called on the Welsh Government to lobby more strongly with the Higher Education Funding Council and the RCVS to support Aberystwyth’s efforts to develop its provision in this area. This, potentially, is a real opportunity for the University, and the Welsh Government should be doing all that it can to help.”