The Duchess of Cornwall has visited the RVC today (28 April) to mark the 30th birthday of the college’s Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (QMHA).

Duchess with cake.
The Duchess cuts birthday cake at the college.

The Duchess is patron of the RVC’s Animal Care Trust – a charity that raises money to support the college’s clinical research and educational activities, and funded the building of the QMHA.

A royal tour

During her visit, the Duchess was given a tour of the QMHA, where she met members of different clinical services.

She also visited the newly established Hamling Garden – a quiet area for clients to go when waiting for pets or needing some space to make difficult decisions.

Additionally, the Duchess attended a reception for friends and guests who have supported the QMHA, to mark the hospital’s birthday.

Personal privilege

RVC principal Stuart Reid said he was delighted to have welcomed the Duchess back to the hospital.

“Having our charity’s patron here to celebrate three decades of excellence is an honour and privilege,” he said.

“We are thrilled to be able to demonstrate, at first hand, the important work carried out at Europe’s largest referral hospital.”

The duchess with vets RVC.
The Duchess speaking with vets and staff at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals. She also attended a reception for friends and guests who have supported the QMHA, marking the hospital’s birthday.
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