- Chris Thomas (PI)Department of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences
- WEFO: £3,036,000.00
Funder Project Reference(s)C81185
|Effective start/end date||01 Jan 2017 → 31 Dec 2020|
DescriptionPlans for a £4.2m state-of-the-art veterinary hub to drive forward research to protect both animal and human health have been announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths today (Monday 24 July 2017).
Aberystwyth University will lead the Vet Hub 1 project, backed with £3m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Welsh Government, to construct a fully-equipped, high-specification laboratory and office spaces.
The Environment Secretary told a packed audience at Aberystwyth University’s education pavilion at the Royal Welsh Show that the cutting-edge development would benefit the farming industry in Wales and the wider world.
She said: “This EU-backed investment will help tackle some of the great challenges of our time, food security, climate change as well as the Welsh Government and Aberystwyth University’s long term focus on supporting animal health and veterinary science.
“It will also unlock a range of opportunities over the coming years for businesses throughout the livestock supply chain, and in associated industries which will benefit from the new facility and collaborative research opportunities leading to the development of new products and services for the global market.”
Through Vet Hub 1 researchers will work with industry to develop tests and vaccines that will help reduce losses in the livestock industry and improve animal health.
The researchers will particularly be looking at developing solutions for animal borne diseases that could pass to humans.
The facility will also lead to the further development of veterinary practices and other animal health care as well as biotechnology, animal food manufacture and other allied industries.