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Small animal hospital is unveiled
A dog waiting to go into a scanner
The facilities will enable Liverpool to provide world-class treatment
A state-of-the-art hospital where budding vets can learn how to treat small animals has opened.

The 10m teaching hospital at Leahurst, Wirral, will be used to train students on the University of Liverpool's Veterinary Science degree programme.

The 86-room hospital includes MRI and CT scanning facilities, a keyhole surgery theatre, a radiotherapy unit and digital X-ray technology.

Up to 72 animals can be treated at the hospital on an in-patient basis.

The hospital has been funded by the University's Veterinary Development campaign.

Professor Sandy Trees, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science, said: "These new facilities will enable Liverpool to provide world-class clinical treatment for cats and dogs.

"It will also support a programme of research projects into diseases affecting small animals."

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