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The project aims to develop closer links between vets, researchers and industry
Veterinary Science students at the University of Liverpool are set to benefit from a new scheme that will offer 10 work experience placements in horse racing industries.
The British Horse Racing Grant Scheme will provide students in their early years of a Veterinary Science degree at Liverpool with a travel bursary to take part in industry placements at stud farms and training yards to help develop closer links between vets, researchers, and industry.
It aims to give students the skills and specialist knowledge to apply for jobs in industry once they graduate and further support the expansion of Cheshire horse racing.
Professor Chris Proudman, from the University of Liverpool’s School of Veterinary Science, said: “The horse racing industry is a significant driver of investment and new jobs in rural areas. We have found that closer collaboration between industry and educational institutions has benefits for horse businesses and for veterinary education.
“This new scheme will highlight the opportunities in the horse racing industry for graduating vets and help place horse racing at the centre of the rural economy. Cheshire is expanding in this area and we want to show our veterinary students the impact their skills can have on business practices.”
The scheme, supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council and the Horserace Betting Levy Board, will integrate with national initiatives such as the British Horseracing Authority’s Careers in Racing programme.
Alan McKie, Councillor for Cheshire West and Chester, said: “Over the next year we hope to raise the profile of racing as a career option in Cheshire. The project will be officially launched this spring with the aim of ‘kick starting’ support within the racing industry on a local, sub regional and regional level.”
Other key partners in the scheme include the University of Chester, Reaseheath College, Chester Racecourse Company, and local stables including Manor House Stables represented by Deva Racing.
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