The chief executive of the Animal Health Trust (AHT) has vowed to raise its profile during its 75th year.

Animal Health Trust staff celebrate the charity’s 75th anniversary with a custom-made cake. Image © AHT.

The AHT was founded in 1942 by vet Reginald Wooldridge because he wanted to see veterinary medicine advance at the same pace as human medicine.

AHT chief executive Mark Vaudin said: “We have been at the forefront in leading science and care for animals with the development of diagnostic tests, treatments, new vaccines and understanding of complex diseases.

“From pioneering the use of MRI in veterinary medicine, developing a diagnostic test for strangles, opening a state-of-the-art cancer centre, and our small animal and equine referral clinics, to creating the UK’s largest canine genome bank containing DNA from 75 different breeds of dog, these are just some of the amazing achievements over the past 75 years.”

‘Not as well-known’

Despite these numerous triumphs, Dr Vaudin believes the charity’s profile among the public is not as big as it should be.

He said: “We’re not as well-known by the public as we should be for our leading veterinary and scientific research work.

“As an independent charity, we receive no government funding and, therefore, rely on grants and generous donations from the public. We are working hard in this, our 75th anniversary year, to raise our profile among the public.”

Looking to future

75-anniversary-logo-blueLooking to the future, Dr Vaudin said the organisation would continue to fight cancer through multiple research projects, which aim to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer in dogs, cats and horses.

“And, with more than 600 outbreaks of strangles per year in the UK alone, we are working towards developing a new vaccine we hope will protect horses in the same manner as flu today,” he explained.

  • Read the full story in the 17 April issue of Veterinary Times.
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