College unveils plans for £2m ‘animal hospital’

Artist's impression:The new veterinary nursing centre planned for Myerscough College
Artist's impression:The new veterinary nursing centre planned for Myerscough College

Plans to plough almost £2m into a veterinary nursing centre at Myerscough College have been unveiled.

It will include an operating theatre as well as rooms for radiography, animal wards, two consulting rooms and a medical room, together with prep and store rooms.

There will also be a teaching area with two classrooms and an IT suite as well as offices, a reception
area, an interview room and study rooms.

It will be sited near the campus’s animal care academy and rural skills centre.

The site of the new single-storey building will be on the home of the crane academy which is to be demolished.

A report to Wyre Council says: “The development will assist in forming / completing the courtyard feel to the central hub of the campus from where all pedestrian and vehicle links emanate.”

Myerscough’s press officer, Justin Clark, said the building would complement the existing animal academy building and be similar in construction and style.

Assuming planning permission is granted, the building would be completed by autumn 2013

The cost of the project will be £1.95m with all the funding costs being met by the college.

Myerscough College already has an established reputation as a top place in the country to study veterinary nursing.

It has some of the most experienced staff in the UK and internationally.

Mr Clark added: “With the construction of the new centre we hope to offer students the best facilities in the country.

“The aim is a specialist centre with the best facilities for veterinary nursing students.

“It will expand the college’s current provision and give Veterinary Nursing students their own specialist facilities (currently they share facilities with students from other subject areas).”

Myerscough and Bilsborrow Parish Council will also be given the opportunity to comment on the plans before they are decided by Wyre Borough planners.

Wyre Council hopes to make a decision on the plans by early next year.