Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 24 May 2023

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine

New School of Veterinary Medicine: Discussion (Resumed)

Mr. Ian Fleming:

I suppose we do not want to trawl the pond with two institutions at the start. It would be more sensible to put them in a single file. There might be space for a second trawl after the first institution was set up, whatever that takes. Again, we talked about scale and this aspect is greatly important from what we have learned around the world. It is significant. All these issues must be considered. The university that gives us the required scale now is UL. It is the college that has the ability to deliver this scale. It would seem to be common sense, therefore, to say this would be a good place to start. If we needed to then, and we probably will need to, we will promote a third school. This was a conversation we had with the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Deputy Harris. We are, obviously, not expecting the State to drum up the type of funds required for three courses to be up and running.


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