Celebrating 50 years as the charity’s patron, Her Majesty The Queen spent the afternoon at Newmarket’s Animal Health Trust (AHT) on October 29.

Celebrating 50 years as the charity’s patron, Her Majesty The Queen, spent the afternoon at Newmarket’s Animal Health Trust (AHT) on October 29.

Her Majesty meets AHT staffDuring her visit the Queen was updated on the charity’s plans to expand its very successful Small Animal Centre by creating a new state-of-the-art cancer centre. This facility will enable the AHT’s cancer experts to treat many more horses, dogs and cats suffering from the disease.

The centre will offer all three treatment options for cancer – surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy – on one site. It will mean that regardless of the diagnosis, the AHT will be able to offer each and every patient the very best options for their specific case.

Peter Webbon, chief executive of the trust, said: “It was fantastic to be able to update the Queen with our plans for the cancer centre. To build and fully equip the centre we need to raise £4.5 million. Knowing that the Queen is supportive of our plans should hopefully help us reach this target.”

During her visit, the Queen talked to members of the AHT’s research team receiving progress reports on the charity’s work to develop new diagnostic tests and a vaccine to combat strangles, a virulent horse infection.

She also met the AHT’s geneticists, to learn about their work developing new DNA tests to identify carrier dogs that carry specific inherited diseases, and also the scientists currently working on the Suffolk horse genetics project.

Dr Webbon, added: “We hope Her Majesty was impressed with the progress we have made in the 50 years since she became our patron. It was great to have the opportunity to update her on several of our areas of work which are so obviously of great interest to her.”

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