The Animal Care Trust exists to support the Royal Veterinary College's wide range of clinical, research and educational activities aimed at improving animal health and care.
You can find out more about the areas we support using the menu to the left and you can read some of the wonderful stories from our hospitals below.
“My precious boy Louis, ‘the camp cavalier’ was obsessed with pink tennis balls. He was 8 years old when he received life-saving surgery at the QMH. Louis was in end stage CHF from MVD, a hereditary disease within the breed. Louis had only one choice to survive and that was to have MVD surgery to correct his mitral valve. We were aware of the risk that Louis may not make the surgery but felt we were going to lose him shortly without it.” Emma Bennett, owner.
In September 2017 Louis received life-saving surgery for MVD at the RVC. This is pioneering surgery which is only performed by 2 people in the world and Dan Brockman at the RVC is one of them. “Louis was such a fantastic character and clearly an incredibly important member of the family. It was such a privilege gain the trust of his owners and to be able to offer him the chance of an improved quality of life and lifespan. The operation for mitral valve repair is complex, challenging and carries significant risk. Louis came through all this with flying colours and his initial recovery was so swift that he was up and carrying one of his famous pink balls, in no time. We were all so delighted with his progress and so excited to be able to give him back to his owners apparently feeling so much better.” Dan Brockman, Professor of Small Animal Surgery
Sadly, Louis contracted a bug and very resistant infection and despite many attempts to fight it, he passed away a few weeks after his surgery.
“The care and compassion shown by the RVC was overwhelming and we were so pleased to be able to dedicate a leaf to Louis on their beautiful memory tree. In tribute to the ‘campest of cavaliers’ and his obsession with pink, I am raising funds to help research into this dreadful disease and why cavaliers are so prone to it. My boy’s final gift was to donate himself to the scheme to help other cavaliers in the future through research for MVD, SM/CM, Pancreatitis and Diabetes.” Emma
Emma organised the first ‘Louis Luncheon’ in May this year and they raised an incredible £3,000 through their bbq, raffle, stalls and dog show! This money will support Dan’s work in these complex cases, including the purchase of new equipment that will allow them to perform more surgeries simultaneously
“We are so grateful to Emma and family for their incredible support for the ACT- donations in tribute to such beloved pets are so special and very much appreciated. Louis’ legacy lives on.” Nadja Hale, Fundraising Director.
Meet Smudge, a much loved pet who was attacked and returned home distressed, bleeding and unable to breath properly.
His owner, Fiona, remembers…
"It was a very distressing experience for my family and me. We took him to our local vet's practice where they confirmed he had been attacked and they removed air from his chest twice and attended his wounds. We were hopeful but by the end of the week our local vet recommended Smudge be referred as he was still unwell and air kept entering his chest’
"The QMH were simply amazing- from the moment we arrived they put us at ease and we left that first day, confident that Smudge was in very good hands. Smudge had air in his left chest, abscesses which required a neck drain and he was unable to eat and struggling to breathe. We were informed of Smudge's progress every day and all the procedures he underwent and there were many of them. The veterinary team were calm and informative and there is no doubt they saved Smudge's life performing the complex tie back procedure.
"The RVC Queen Mother animal hospital is an amazing place with fantastic veterinary staff and facilities which also provide a great learning environment for students. For all pet owners, our animals are part of the family and we want them to have the best medical care possible. The RVC makes this possible in training, education and research in veterinary medicine.
"Smudge is well and content, sadly he cannot meow or purr anymore but he tries and makes a rasping noise instead. Regrettably, Smudge is not allowed out at night now as if anything happens to him we would not be able to hear him without his voice but we love him to bits and we are so very happy he's back with us.
"THANK YOU to everyone at the QMH for saving our Smudge and giving us this time with him."
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.