We exist to fight disease and injury in animals. Thanks to our pioneering work animals, in the UK and across the world, are living happier, healthier lives. As an animal charity, the AHT relies on generous donations from the general public. We cannot continue to help animals without the support of people like you.
Be a lifesaver, too. Donate today to help us save more lives. From our centre of excellence in Suffolk we have global impact. The things we discover and learn – from treating animals in our clinics to our world-class research – help to improve the lives of animals all around the world.
All of the funds we raise through our services, go straight back into developing new diagnostic tests, treatments and vaccines to help thousands more animals. Nearly all dogs, cats and horses will have benefited from our work – that includes your pets and those of your family and friends.
Your donation really does save lives. Without loyal supporters like you, the AHT wouldn’t exist to help pets like Ken, Errol and Eric have brighter futures. The animals you help through the Animal Health Trust can’t thank you themselves, but we can. Every gift we receive goes towards our dedicated work to help sick and injured animals today and to find new treatments for the future. Your gift is special and will be greatly appreciated.
Together we can save more animals’ lives.
Please make a much-needed donation today to support the work of the AHT so that we can help animals live happier and healthier lives.
KEN – LIVING A NORMAL LIFE WITH ONE EYE
Ken was rescued from Cyprus. One of his eyes was badly ruptured, causing him a lot of pain. Our Head of Ophthalmology, Lorraine, operated to remove the eye and limit the risk of infection. Ken is now loving his new life in the UK and doesn’t let his sight limit him in anyway.
Our research gives dogs the gift of sight
Through our excellence in this field, and collaborative work with our canine genetics researchers, we are giving countless dogs the gift of sight. This research has helped to develop numerous DNA tests to control, and in some cases, eradicate, blinding hereditary conditions in many breeds of dog, such as glaucoma and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).
ERIC – COLLABORATING WITH VETS ALL OVER THE WORLD TO SOLVE COMPLEX CASES
Left abused, in pain and frightened, Eric was used as a baiting dog in Turkey and was shot in the face. There are still hundreds of lead fragments under his skin and he is partially blind in both eyes. However, this is not what causes his discomfort now. He has a weeping abscess under his chin which will not heal.
Eric’s vets operated to investigate this area and found a dog’s tooth deeply embedded under Eric’s jaw. It was removed, hoping this would finally solve the problem. Sadly for Eric, the wound still hasn’t healed fully and he has been referred to the AHT for further assessment and tests by our specialist vets.
We’ve performed a CT scan, which takes extremely detailed 3D images. These scans, reviewed by our specialist vets in diagnostic imaging, have revealed the full extent of the damage: part of Eric’s jaw is badly decayed and needs to be removed.
Eric’s scan results are so complex, we have shared them with a dental specialist in the USA for a further opinion on how best to tackle this extensive bone injury. Hopefully we can finally solve Eric’s mystery and give him a healthy and happy future.
ERROL – OUR SPECIALISTS HAVE SAVED ERROL’S LIFE MORE THAN ONCE
Poor Errol hasn’t had an easy life. He was found abandoned as a kitten and has needed two major operations later in life. The first was a life or death situation as part of his bowel was blocked and he needed surgery to remove the damaged intestine and bowel. This surgery was able to limit the risk of infection before it was too late.
Less than a year later, Errol was hit by a car and suffered a fractured pelvis. His tail could not be saved and had to be amputated. We hope Errol has many more of his nine lives left and that we don’t have to see him again on our feline ward!
Together we can save more animals’ lives.
Please make a much-needed donation today to support the work of the AHT so that we can help animals live happier and healthier lives.
An easy way to support the AHT is by hosting a charity tray in your place of work or local shop. Our trays contain AHT pin badges and key rings and we ask for a donation of £2 per item. Ideal for your local shop, pub, vets, or your company’s reception counter – all the money raised goes straight into research to improve health and wellbeing of your animals.
If you would like a tray please contact us and we will send you a starter pack with a selection of dog, cat and horse pin badges and trolley coin key rings. We ask that you assign a dedicated person to monitor the donations and let us know when you need more items for your tray. When you have a lot of donations, there are several ways you can get the donation to us which we will explain when we send you your pack. Thank you for visiting this page, we hope to send you a charity tray soon!
Please contact email@example.com for more details if you would like to host an AHT charity tray.
The London Marathon is one of the most iconic sporting events in the country. You can run for the AHT with either a golden bond place or a ballot place – your fundraising will be supporting lifesaving research which helps dogs, cats and horses live healthier lives, all over the world.
To run for the AHT, contact our events team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 025 0035.
If you have a ballot place for the London Marathon you can still raise funds for the AHT through your marathon run. Our ballot place runners receive all the same support as our golden bond runners but do not have a minimum fundraising target. Please contact us so we can add you to team AHT and support you in your marathon journey!
If you have applied for one of our golden bond places we ask that you raise £2,000 for the Animal Health Trust. As one of our runners, you will receive a welcome pack, monthly updates, fundraising materials and a personalised AHT running vest. Our fundraising team will also be there on the day to cheer you along and congratulate you at the finish line.
To apply, please fill in an application form and return it to our events team.
London Marathon 2017
We had six fantastic runners in the AHT team taking on the London Marathon for us in 2017. These fundraisers managed to raise a whopping, record-breaking total of just under £12,000 between them and we were thrilled at their amazing efforts, all in the name of animal health and welfare. We couldn’t be more grateful for all the training and effort our runners put into their challenges, and we are always looking for enthusiastic runners and fundraisers to join our ranks!
As part of our special 75th anniversary we have launched one of our biggest ever appeals to replace one of our most essential pieces of equipment, the MRI scanner. We have set ourselves an ambitious goal to raise £400,000 – something we can only do with the help and generosity of valued supporters like you.
The AHT first opened its dedicated MRI Unit in the 1990s and has since pioneered its use in veterinary medicine, proving the key role MRI provides in diagnosing problems of the brain and nervous system in animals, helping these patients get the appropriate treatment much faster. MRI is especially important in the diagnosis and management of neurological conditions, such as dogs and cats suffering from life threatening spinal conditions, brain tumours and epilepsy.
What is MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a type of scan that provides very detailed images of the structures inside the body, such as the organs, nerves and tissues. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce these detailed images which are vital in helping our dedicated team of experts diagnose the problem, develop a treatment plan and manage their patient’s recovery.
Why do we need a new MRI?
After 17 years and almost 19,000 scans we have decided to upgrade our current machine. The new MRI scanner we are hoping to buy will be able to take images faster, meaning patients spend less time under anaesthesia, therefore reducing potential complications and recovery periods. A new machine would allow to us to continue delivering world-class veterinary treatment to every animal in need coming through the AHT’s doors.
We are fortunate that we can retain the magnet that was used in our previous MRI scanner for use in the new one saving an incredible £400,000. We do however still need to raise £400,000 to buy the rest of the hardware, software and carry out building work too.
To make your valued donation to our special 75th Anniversary MRI Appeal, please call our donation line on 01638 555648 – we’d be delighted to speak to you – or donate via the link below.
Remember – your gift buys more than equipment. It buys time for animals and the people who love them. Please don’t hesitate – send your gift today. Thank you so much for your generous support.
To celebrate our 75th Anniversary we’ve launched a brand new AHT magazine, AHT Life: www.aht.org.uk/ahtlife
This tells you a lot more about us, our history, our achievements, our research and our patients. AHT Life has also been designed as a resource for pet owners while their animals are being treated at the AHT, and therefore also includes some information about the local area. To pick up your hard copy of the magazine, look out for it next time you visit one of our clinics soon, or our gift shop and coffee shop.
Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 takes place on Sunday 30 July 2017 and will be taking riders on through the closed off roads in London on the route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics.
As part of our anniversary celebrations we are entering a bigger Ride London team than ever, made up 16 AHT staff, trustees and committed supporters. This includes our CEO, Dr Mark Vaudin, as well as Dr Cathryn Mellersh, our Head of Canine Genetics and Dr Richard Newton, our Director of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance.
The team have set themselves an ambitious target to raise £75,000 and every penny will go towards buying a new MRI machine for our veterinary clinic, helping sick and injured dogs and cats get the right diagnosis.
Who is cycling?
Dr Mark Vaudin, CEO
Mark has been Chief Executive and Head of Research at the Animal Health Trust since 2013. Mark lives near Cambridge with his family and is a keen sailor and gardener – and now cyclist! “I’m very excited about taking part in Ride London”, says Mark. “It’s a great opportunity to take in the iconic sites of London, such as Trafalgar Square and Big Ben, and see the beautiful countryside of Surrey. To be riding as part of a team with a common goal makes the day even more enjoyable. In 2017 we are celebrating the Animal Health Trust’s 75th anniversary and the money we raise will go some way towards buying a new MRI scanner for our clinics. The new MRI will enable us to continue to be a centre of excellence when it comes to diagnosing and treating animals.”
Simon Broomfield, a long-time supporter
“We have followed the work of the AHT for many years, most recently when we contributed with other members of the UK Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club for the breed to be included in the ‘Give a Dog a Genome’ initiative. As a minority breed we strive to follow responsible breeding lines, so this is a fantastic opportunity to utilise genetics research and the latest technology to improve the health of future generations. Our own girl, Leia, is affected by degenerative myelopathy and her DNA has now been banked by the AHT for sequencing. Whilst she cannot be cured we hope that the sequencing of her DNA can help future lines. When I saw that the AHT was looking for cyclists to take part in the Ride London I thought this would be a wonderful way to help raise funds for the Trust while at the same time I get to take part in this great event.”
Dr. Cathryn Mellersh, Head of Canine Genetics
“I am lucky enough to work at the Animal Health Trust, so I know what an utterly special institution it is. The dedicated AHT staff combine clinical expertise with rigorous scientific research to effectively treat individual animals and also prevent illness in thousands more. This complementary approach is unique and is why the AHT is so successful at tackling disease and injury in companion animals. I have worked in the Canine Genetics research team for 16 years and during that period all my dogs have been treated at the AHT, so it’s not an exaggeration for me to say that both my professional and personal life has been significantly influenced by the AHT. Cycling 100 miles will be a significant challenge as I not have cycled anywhere close to this distance before, but I am excited to rise to the challenge and raise funds for the AHT at the same time.”
Are you sporting an AHT pin badge or keyring yet? Whether you class yourself as dog, cat or horse person – there is a badge to suit everyone. Or, if you just can’t decide (after all, some of us love then all equally) you can have all three! We’re delighted to offer these new items as part of our 75th Anniversary merchandise, available to buy online now (www.ahtshop.co.uk) or you can pick one up next time you visit our clinic or gift shop.
You are invited to the AHT UK Equestrian Awards to help us celebrate excellence in equestrianism on Tuesday 31 October at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square. Join us and the stars of the Equestrian world for a black tie dinner and awards ceremony, all whilst raising vital funds for the Animal Health Trust.
This year’s prestigious awards has a new and exciting format. The winners will be selected by a panel of previous equestrian awards champions, including Nick Skelton CBE, Anne Dunham OBE and John McEwan MBE. Tickets and tables are still available, but will be in high demand now that guests have the opportunity to share an evening alongside true equine royalty and their favourite stars. For more information, click here
A regular donation is an invaluable way to help the AHT. Knowing that your gift will come every month, or year, helps us to plan more effectively for the future care of sick animals and the funding of pioneering research projects.
As a Friend of the AHT, you will receive an exclusive Friend pack with an AHT car sticker, pen, coin keyring and AHT literature.
All we ask in return is that you sign up to our scheme to become a regular donor. For as little as £3 a month you can become a Friend and receive all these benefits.
Your regular donation can help us do so much. To become an AHT Friend you can set up a direct debit online or telephone the Fundraising Department on 01638 555648. We thank you for your support.
Please click here to set up a Direct Debit and become a Friend of the Animal Health Trust.
To help celebrate our 75th Anniversary, we are looking for riders to take part in the SEIB Burghley sponsored ride. SEIB have very kindly offered to include the AHT as one of the benefitting charities of this exciting equestrian event. Up to 500 budding riders of all ages and abilities, and their trusted steeds, will have the opportunity to ride the cross country course which, just the day before, hosted some of the best eventers in the world competing in an international four star eventing competition. Riders can walk or trot around the fences and enjoy the experience of seeing the massive fences first hand from the backs of their own horses!
The 2017 ride will be on Sunday 3 September, the final day of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials and cumulative proceeds for charities is now over £220,000. This is a great event for groups, riding clubs, livery yards or individuals. Open to all ages over 5 and suitable for all riding abilities, 100% of the funds raised (including 100% of your entry fee) go to the event’s chosen charities, including the AHT.
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The organisers will then send out a sponsor form, an acceptance letter and updates by email, followed by joining instructions and a vehicle pass, if required, two weeks beforehand.
We would love to hear from you if you do decide to ride and raise money for us, so we can support your fundraising and follow you and your horse’s journey to Burghley. To get in touch once you have registered, email:
If you have already chosen to leave a legacy to the AHT and remember us in your Will, thank you.
Gifts in Wills are crucial to so much of our work, including vital research into cancer, lameness and blindness. Over one third of our voluntary income comes from legacies and without it we would simply cease to be effective. So, for the sake of the animals that so enrich our lives, please remember the AHT and consider leaving us a gift in your Will.
Why are gifts in Wills so important to the AHT?
Disease and injury are the greatest threats to our much loved companion animals. No charity works more effectively to tackle them than the Animal Health Trust. As well as saving the lives of tens of thousands of individual animals, we have developed new vaccines, pioneered new diagnostic and surgical techniques, and devised new detection tests for inherited conditions. By making these breakthroughs and by passing on this knowledge to the veterinary profession, we have benefited cats, dogs and horses throughout the world.
With a number of major projects already underway, including vital research into cancer, lameness and blindness, gifts in Wills are crucial to the AHT’s growing programme.
How can I make a legacy pledge?
The AHT has produced a free guide describing the simple steps required to make or change a Will. It explains how to select a solicitor and how to understand the implications of inheritance tax. It also outlines ways in which you can leave a bequest to your favourite charities. For your copy, call our Fundraising Department on 01638 555648, or e-mail email@example.com .
Why should we all make or change our Will?
We should all make a legally binding Will and we should all change our Will when circumstances change. Not only is making a Will good financial planning for our loved ones, it gives us the opportunity to make a difference to our favourite causes. Yet, only 40 per cent of people ever get around to making a Will, and only 15 per cent remember to specify a charity. So, if you wish to keep your inheritance secure and to leave a lasting legacy, be sure to make or update your Will.
AHT Free Will Service
The AHT has its own Will Service which enables you to make your Will in the comfort and privacy of your own home at a time to suit you. From time to time the AHT runs special Will-writing promotions for its supporters and clients. For further information about our Will Service, and your eligibility for latest offers, please contact Andrew Simmonds on 01638 555648 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We would urge you to make a Will and to leave a lasting legacy of kindness to companion animals through a gift to the AHT. Thank you.