University of Liverpool to Invest £10 Million in Veterinary Science

Published: Jun 20, 2012

LIVERPOOL, UK –: The University of Liverpool is investing £10 million in veterinary science facilities to enhance its teaching and research space.

The School has undergone a major redevelopment and now boasts a newly designed School home, a larger teaching suite, new facilities for the University’s small animal practice and enhanced research facilities at Liverpool Science Park (LSP). The new developments will be complete this summer.

The new Veterinary School home will be in the University’s Thomson Yates Building, which has been redesigned to provide a social learning zone for students and events space. A new Veterinary Teaching Suite will provide a practical teaching space for up to 150 students as well as technical areas and a new clinical skills area.

Professor Susan Dawson, Head of the School of Veterinary Science, said: “We’re really excited about the move to the new teaching suite - the facilities are superb and will give our students a modern and flexible learning space designed to support world-class veterinary education. The move increases teaching capacity which will enable us to meet growing demand for courses.”

A new and improved first opinion small animal practice for clinical teaching is also being built close to the site of the existing practice and a new Pathology Suite is being developed at the University’s Leahurst campus, on the Wirral. The existing post-mortem room at Leahurst has undergone substantial renovation and a second post-mortem facility will be completed this year. The new Pathology accommodation will also benefit from new laboratory facilities for histology sample preparation and electron microscopy.

The Department of Infection Biology, which is partly based in the existing Veterinary Science building, is to move into bespoke laboratories within the LSP in July. The custom-built facility will see researchers occupy more than 8,000 sq ft of state-of-the art laboratories and bring together more than 50 infectious disease researchers working on parasitic, bacterial and viral diseases.

Professor Jonathan Wastling, Head of Infection Biology, said: “Liverpool has always had a strong reputation in veterinary infectious disease research and this development reflects those strengths by providing a major investment into high quality research facilities.

“These new custom-designed laboratories will further strengthen our position and maintain veterinary infectious disease research at the heart of the city campus.”

1. The Department of Infection Biology is part of the University’s Institute of Infection and Global Health, international centre of excellence dedicated to improving the health and well-being of humans and animals. It brings together doctors, vets and basic scientists to put Liverpool at the forefront of the 'one health' agenda. Visit

2. The University of Liverpool is one of the UK’s leading research institutions with an annual turnover of £410 million, including £150 million for research. Liverpool is ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide and is a member of the Russell Group. Visit

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