Penri James launched his campaign to establish such a college – ideally at Aberystwyth to compliment the University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) – during Plaid Cymru’s 2008 autumn conference.
As Leader of the Plaid Cymru Westminster Group, Elfyn Llwyd MP has also tabled an Early Day Motion in support of the growing campaign.
At present, students are forced to train to become vets outside Wales despite the importance of the agricultural industry.
Following their meeting with the FUW, Penri James said:
“Since I launched my campaign last September, there has been growing support for a vet college to be established in Wales. Given the importance of agriculture both locally in Ceredigion and throughout Wales as a whole, today’s meeting gave a suitable opportunity to discuss my campaign with the FUW and highlight how the farming community would benefit from a local vet college.”
Plaid Cymru’s Elfyn Llwyd MP added:
“I was very glad to be able to join Penri during his visit to the FUW to discuss his proposal to establish a veterinary college for Wales. As a national organisation, the FUW had a particular interest in this campaign and I hope that they will now lend their support so that this project can develop further”.