The Animal Health Trust (AHT) is the leading veterinary and scientific research charity dedicated to the health and welfare of your animals. Since 1942, we have led the way in preventing disease and injury in animals. Our dedicated vets, nurses and scientists are committed to one goal – excellent health for your animal.
We launch Give a Dog a Genome, supported by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, to create the UK’s largest canine genome bank containing DNA from 75 different breeds. This will help generations of dogs by radically increasing our understanding of the canine genome, which will in turn help us to find disease mutations – and develop new DNA tests – faster.
The AHT opens a purpose-built state-of-the-art Cancer Centre offering radiotherapy to horses, dogs and cats with cancer, which complements our existing cancer treatment options of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Being able to combine surgery with chemotherapy and / or radiotherapy on one-site means we are able to offer each and every patient the specific treatment for its specific cancer. We have also been able to gather information which is contributing to our on-going cancer research and, in time, the patients we are helping are indirectly helping us improve cancer treatments for other dogs, cats and horses across the world. The AHT is the only centre in the UK to offer HDR brachytheraphy and strontium plesiotherapy treatments for horses.
Findings from our equine clinical research are used to advise the London Organising Committee on the design and maintenance of the London 2012 Olympic equestrian arenas, playing a significant role in keeping the Olympic horses in best form. That year, Team GBR went on to win a record number of equestrian gold medals.
With the Kennel Club, the AHT launches Mate Select – an online tool which helps dog breeders make well-informed breeding decisions in order to reduce inherited health problems across all breeds of dog.
Thanks to funding from a joint Strangles campaign with the BHS, the AHT develops and launches a new diagnostic test for Strangles, the most commonly diagnosed infectious disease in horses worldwide. The test identifies carriers of the disease and is used to screen horses prior to movement, ensuring the disease is not spread inadvertently. Since its launch, we have tested more than 80,000 samples
The Small Animal Centre you see today is opened. Since then, tens of thousands of animals have been helped with a wide variety of life-threatening, complex and often long-term conditions.
The AHT opens an MRI scanner unit and pioneers the use of the technology in veterinary medicine in Europe. Today, MRI is considered the best, and most common, tool for imaging the nervous system as it enables soft tissues, such as the brain and spinal cord, to be visualised. Now, thousands of animals benefit from MRI scans to help with the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of neurological conditions.
Brian Singleton, of the AHT’s Canine Research Centre, teams up with two other vets to create the British Small Animal Veterinary Association with the aim of advancing veterinary knowledge in small animals. Initially 335 members signed up, BSAVA now has in excess of 10,000 members committed to promoting excellence in small animal practice through education and science.
Reginald Wooldridge, President of the National Veterinary Medical Association (now the British Veterinary Association), forms the Veterinary Educational Trust, which later becomes known as the Animal Health Trust. He wanted to apply the same advances being made in human medicine through research, to veterinary medicine in order to improve the health and welfare of animals. 75 years on, the need for this is even more apparent…