New £12.5m research hub to open in Inverness | Englishheadline


Artist's impression of new facility

An artist’s impression of inside the new centre

A new research facility is to open in Inverness with the aim of helping tackle challenges animal diseases and climate change pose to agriculture.

The £12.5m Rural and Veterinary Innovation Centre (RAVIC) is due to be fully up and running later this year.

The project is being led by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

RAVIC will house SRUC’s existing Centre for Epidemiology and Planetary Health and form part of Scotland’s new School of Veterinary Medicine.

The project has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Scottish Funding Council and SRUC.

Artist's impression of new facility

The facility is expected to open later this year

Businesses and entrepreneurs have been sought to take residence at the centre and help develop new products, services and solutions to overcome a range of problems, including food security.

RAVIC is also to work closely with SRUC’s Veterinary Surveillance Intelligence Unit, recently developed to provide new ways to help farmers deal with animal diseases, increase livestock production efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

Under construction at Highlands and Islands Enterprise’s Inverness Campus, the centre will have several commercial business incubation units, a lecture theatre and laboratories.

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