An incredible 30 year journey.....
SInce 1986, people like you have been with us on an incredible journey, helping to establish, build and equip the RVC's Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (QMHA), so we can treat and care for the sickest animals.
Last year, to celebrate the QMHA's 30th birthday we launched an appeal to buy a new CT scanner for the hospital and we're delighted to report that just before Christmas we reached our target of £630,000. Thank you to everyone who supported our appeal - to those who bought Paws for our Paw Path, held cake sales, faced extreme muddy challenges or simply donated, you are amazing.
The QMHA was only established thanks to the wonderful generosity of its supporters – people like you. Today, it is the largest hospital of its kind in Europe and one of the leading veterinary hospitals in the world. No other veterinary hospital in Europe has the same degree of expertise under one roof, working together to help thousands of animals every year.
The new scanner is no mere replacement - it will not only speed up the scanning process meaning less anaesthetic for vulnerable patients and less waiting time for owners, it will also produce incredibly detailed images that will advance our knowledge, enable more detailed diagnoses and help us develop pioneering new treatments for the pets we treat.
So from all of us - vets, nurses, care assistants, students, scientists, receptionists, administrators and fundraisers - thank you!
When Alba arrived with painful lesions over her body, we feared the worst. Alba had a mysterious and deadly illness that had been killing dogs around the country. No known cure existed. Our world-leading team of specialists combined their knowledge to come up with a revolutionary solution which had not been tried anywhere else. Alba’s blood plasma was removed and replaced with healthy canine plasma – donated by our wonderful canine blood donors and processed by our dedicated Blood Donor and Transfusion team. This pioneering new treatment used equipment available exclusively at the QMHA, thanks to the funds donated by our supporters.
Thanks to people like you, Alba became the first dog in the UK to survive New Forest Syndrome and this new treatment has gone on to save other dogs’ lives too.
Morris was just six months old when he came to us with worryingly rapid breathing and a dangerously fast heartbeat. A CT scan was essential to examine Morris’ tiny lungs, where we were able to see the signs of pneumonia.
With antibiotics, and plenty of love and fuss, Morris recovered and has grown into a beautiful cat and much-loved member of his family.