The Kennel Club Cancer Centre at the AHT is a brand new state-of-the-art cancer treatment and research facility that will assist in furthering understanding of the disease in animals.
A brand new state-of-the-art cancer treatment and research facility for animals was opened in Suffolk today (November 28, 2012) by HRH The Princess Royal.
The facility at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) has been purpose-built to treat horses, dogs and cats with cancer. It will also assist in furthering understanding of the disease in animals.
The Kennel Club Cancer Centre at the AHT has taken just over a year to build. It houses a linear accelerator and brachytherapy machine used in radiotherapy treatment, along with a 16-slice CT scanner to aid radiotherapy planning.
AHT chief executive Peter Webbon said: “2012 marks 70 years of the AHT fighting disease and injury in animals, and the addition of the cancer centre is a landmark achievement in our history. We believe this is the first facility of its kind in Europe, purpose-built to treat horses, dogs and cats with cancer.
“We now have a short commissioning process to undertake but anticipate welcoming the first patients in early 2013.”
According to the trust, this new facility complements its existing cancer treatment options of surgery and chemotherapy, meaning the Suffolk-based charity will be able to offer each and every patient the very best options for their specific case, whatever the diagnosis.
Mr Webbon added: “It was thanks to a generous donation from the late Tom Scott, a long-term supporter of the AHT, that we were able to start this development. His donation, along with that from many other AHT supporters, and an interest-free loan of £1.5 million from the Kennel Club has meant this ambitious project has come to fruition so quickly.”
On opening the facility, AHT president HRH The Princess Royal said: “This cancer centre is an exciting development at the AHT and will make a real difference for animals with cancer, here and now. It will improve the chances, for many animals, of beating this pernicious disease.
“Countless other horses, dogs and cats across the world with cancer, who will never be seen by an AHT clinician, will also benefit from knowledge gained from research in The Kennel Club Cancer Centre at the AHT.”