Happy Birthday - Pioneering teaching hospital celebrates 30 years

Happy Birthday - Pioneering teaching hospital celebrates 30 years

Last updated 3 March 2016

The Royal Veterinary College’s Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (QMHA) is celebrating its 30th birthday.

In 1986 there were no comparable hospitals to which the most complex cases could be referred. Since opening, the QMHA has led the way nationally and internationally, pioneering cutting-edge treatment. It remains one of the most advanced veterinary hospitals in the world and offers the largest and most comprehensive small animal referral service in Europe.

The QMHA is one of the world's leading providers for advanced clinical training for veterinary specialists, in a broad variety of specialisms. It trains a larger number of veterinary specialists than any other institution in the world. These specialists then take the most advanced treatments and techniques to the far corners of the world. The hospital is also a critical resource for undergraduate education, helping the RVC to produce vets and veterinary nurses with a rich clinical experience. 

As a teaching hospital on a university campus, the clinicians have access to the latest clinical data. The specialists are leading lights in their fields and their research, practice and teaching keeps them at the forefront of veterinary expertise internationally.

Commenting on the significance and value of the hospital, QMHA Clinical Director Professor Holger Volk (pictured) said: “30 years ago, there were no hospitals vets could refer the sickest animals to. Our idea was to help our colleagues in first opinion practice to unravel the riddle of the most complex cases, or cases where vets didn't have equipment to treat their patients.

"Today, we are a leading force in Europe – and one of the best teaching hospitals in the world, equipped with the biggest breadth and depth of specialists working transdisciplinary to provide the best tailored patient care."

Over the decades the hospital has ensured it remains at the leading-edge of veterinary treatment and diagnostics by investing in the most advanced equipment. This, along with the cost of building work, is supported by the Animal Care Trust, the RVC’s registered charity.

Donors to the charity and individuals who organise charity endeavours on behalf of the College keep the QMHA and other RVC hospitals are the forefront of veterinary care.

The ACT’s current campaign for the QMHA is to upgrade the diagnostic imaging facilities and to fund a new, advanced CT scanner. The existing scanner was bought second hand from the NHS eight years ago, and technology has advanced considerably since then. A new scanner would provide better speed, accuracy and detail, enabling the team to diagnose more patients, more quickly, with the highest possible chance of getting the correct diagnosis.

To celebrate the QMHA's 30th birthday, ACT is creating a Paw Path through the hospital. Donors can support the hospital by choosing and sponsoring a paw. Individuals will be able to sponsor paws on the Paw Path throughout 2016.