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Sunday, 28 September 2008

Plaid Cymru Ceredigion candidate calls for National Veterinary School in Aberystwyth.

Penri James, Plaid Cymru's Westminster candidate for Ceredigion, yesterday (Thursday) called for a national veterinary school to be established in Wales.

During his keynote speech at the Plaid Cymru Conference, Penri James demanded any development to be located at Aberystwyth.

Prior to his speech, Plaid Cymru's Penri James said:

"In Wales, we currently educate our young people to become doctors and teachers. We lack the ability to train students to become a vet. As part of Plaid Cymru’s New Welsh Agenda, we should seek to establish our first ever veterinary school in Wales – Aberystwyth, in particular, would be an ideal location for such a development."

"Given the importance of the agricultural industry in Wales a national Veterinary School would be very welcome. The numbers of graduates in this field are already substantially below the Royal Veterinary College's targets, particularly in relation to the numbers which are able to treat farm animals.

"Now that the once-threatened IGER has become integrated into Aberystwyth University, a new Veterinary College would complement the expertise already on offer at Aberystwyth. This would certainly bring significant educational benefits for Wales and would boost the local economy in Ceredigion. However, a new Veterinary School will need cross party support at all levels of government. I believe that Plaid Cymru lead and deliver this aspiration”.

Reported in the Western Mail 11-9-2008 and BBC 11-9-2008

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