The Duchess of Cornwall meets staff as she visits the Queen Mother Hospital for Small Animals
The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Queen Mother Hospital for Small Animals in Hatfield today to celebrate its 30th anniversary and see how funds from The Royal Veterinary College Animal Care Trust (ACT) are helping to support state of the art animal care.
Her Royal Highness is Patron of ACT, the Royal Veterinary College’s registered charity. It raises funds to support the college’s wide range of activities aimed at improving health and care.
The Queen Mother Hospital for Small Animals (QMAH) has a team of over 200 dedicated and professional staff and offers the largest and most comprehensive small animal referral service in Europe. The hospital has some of the best facilities in the world, allowing specialists to perform cutting-edge treatments to help pets suffering from conditions like acute heart failure to advanced neuromuscular diseases, joint replacements to epilepsy.
During the visit today, The Duchess met Max the husky who was hit by a London bus and is recovering with help from the Trust.
Since becoming Patron in 2005, Her Royal Highness has paid a number of visits to see the work of The Royal Veterinary College Animal Care Trust, including two visits to the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals.
The Duchess of Cornwall meets a husky called Max
The Duchess of Cornwall then travelled to Aylesbury to visit the RAF base at the Royal Air Force Halton. Her Royal Highness, Honorary Air Commodore of Royal Air Force Halton, saw how the Community Centre supports military families and joined recruits, trainers and other Royal Air Force and Ministry of Defence personnel at a reception in the Officers’ Mess.
The primary role of Royal Air Force Halton is to contribute to the operational effectiveness of the Armed Forces by training military and civilian personnel. In 2015, RAF Halton delivered basic military training to 1,800 regular and reservist recruits, leadership and command courses to 1,700 junior and senior officers and specialist training to over 4,500 personnel from across the UK and International Defence.
The Duchess of Cornwall has been Honorary Air Commodore since 2008 and last visited the base in 2009.