A report is due to be shared imminently into the possibility of establishing a vet school for NI with a steering group made up of representatives from Universities and Causeway Coast & Glens Council.
Northern Ireland is the only jurisdiction in the UK that does not have its own vet school. Currently, there is no option for students wishing to study veterinary science at degree level – they have to go to Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland, or further afield.
Maurice Bradley MLA who has been the main driving force behind the proposal says his aim is to have the school located at the University of Ulster's Coleraine Campus.
In 2020 DAERA Minister Edwin Poots MLA said that Coleraine was a ‘logical site’ for a Veterinary School for Northern Ireland.
Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this morning Bradley said "To have a vet school in Coleraine is a desire but there is an awful lot of hard work ahead to make that desire a reality. It is far from a done deal as yet and I eagerly await the outcome of the report."