The Princess Royal has given her royal seal of approval to the Royal Dick’s new farm animal practice after visiting last Thursday (January 17, 2013).

The Princess Royal has given her seal of approval to the newly-refurbished farm animal practice at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

Princess Anne meets Prof Argyle, head of the Royal Dick, along with some students.Princess Anne – who is the University of Edinburgh’s chancellor as well as patron of the Royal Dick – met staff, students and clients of the practice and officially opened its newly revamped facilities on January 17, 2013.

The practice – a long-established first opinion general practice for farm animals – now includes a lecture room for students, a meeting room, a new reception area, plus a laboratory and pharmacy.

The princess was greeted on arrival by the university’s principal Timothy O’Shea and introduced to David Argyle, the new head of the school, before being shown round the new practice by Neil Sargisson, head of the Royal Dick’s farm animal section.

The Princess is introduced to Sir O'Shea by Robert Clerk, vice lord lieutenant of Midlothian.Following the tour, Princess Anne also toured the Roslin Institute – her first visit to the research centre since it moved to its new £60.6m building on the university’s veterinary campus in March 2011. While there she spoke with researchers who are working on genetics of cattle, sheep and pigs, looking at ways to prevent and treat infectious disease. She was also shown the site for the National Avian Research Facility, which is under construction at the Easter Bush campus.

Prof Argyle said: “We are delighted that the Princess Royal has visited the campus to meet with staff and students from the practice and discuss the latest developments in farm animal medicine.

“As chancellor of the university, it is a great honour that the Princess Royal was able to perform the official opening of the new facilities.”

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