When Edinburgh alumnus George Gunn was growing up on the Shetland Isles in the 1950s, there was only one vet for the entire archipelago. His father, a shepherd, would mostly care for his animals himself. Lambing season was particularly fraught.
Today, on the southern fringes of Edinburgh, donors such as Dr Gunn have paved the way for a vastly different scenario. Through their support, the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies opened the doors to its new home in September 2011, and together with the adjacent Roslin Institute and Hospital for Small Animals, this state-of-the-art, £42 million teaching facility forms one of the largest communities of veterinarian practice in the world.
The facility is capable of housing 950 students and 200 members of staff, across 12,500 square metres and three floors.
The important thing is having all staff and students in one place. The people who donated as part of the Edinburgh Campaign really bought into this idea. It means we're in a better position to review our curriculum and ensure earlier clinical contact for our younger students. A better curriculum makes better vets.
Professor Susan RhindDirector of Veterinary Teaching
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