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Work on Aberystwyth Vet Centre Begins

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Work has started on a £4.2m state of the art veterinary hub which aims to drive forward research to protect both animal and human health.

Led by Aberystwyth University and backed by a £3m grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Welsh Government, VetHub1 will provide fully equipped, high-specification laboratories and office spaces.

Those working at the centre 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 be looking particularly at developing solutions for animal borne diseases that could pass to humans.

The centre will be based in the Carwyn James building on the University's Penglais Campus, and is due to be operational by spring 2020 with enabling works already underway.

Professor Chris Thomas, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Knowledge Exchange and Innovation at Aberystwyth University said: "We are delighted to see work commence on this development. Universities have an important role to play in developing research which has an impact on the communities they serve. VetHub1 will make a valuable contribution to the rural economy and to the livestock industry in Wales and farther afield. The facility also heralds another step forward in the development of Aberystwyth as a centre for veterinary expertise and animal health care as well as biotechnology."