Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall and wife of Prince Charles, has officially opened two new facilities at the University of Bristol's School of Veterinary Sciences at Langford.
The new large animal surgery centre.
The new small animal surgery.
The Duchess, as Patron of the Langford Trust for Animal Health and Welfare, opened the large animal surgery centre, to be known as the Alborada Building, and the vet school's new small animal surgery.
The two centres will provide an environment for delivering the best possible medical and surgical treatments for both large and small animal patients.
The Langford Trust raised more than £1.4m for the Alborada Building. The Alborada Building is named for the group one winning racemare owned by the Trust's founder, Kirsten Rausing. The Trust was started in October, 2001.
The large animal surgery centre will house two new operating theatres and anaesthesia and recovery boxes. This will provide the University's equine centre with some of the best facilities in the region and confirm it as a centre of excellence for the treatment and care of horses and farm animals, the training of undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary surgeons and for advancing knowledge through clinical research.
The new small animal surgery has five theatres, an intensive care unit, a dedicated anaesthesia induction and recovery ward and diagnostic imaging facilities.
The imaging facilities in the School include a 16-slice CT scanner for small animals and standing horses, digital radiography, high-resolution fluoroscopy, diagnostic ultrasound, echocardiography and scintigraphy with a high-resolution 1.5 tesla MRI scanner, available seven days a week.
The CT scanner is used for imaging the heads of conscious horses, while dogs and cats are able to undergo complete body scans while sedated using the same unit. As well as enabling the early detection and diagnosis of disease, the imaging unit will contribute to the body of knowledge of disease pathogenesis.
The Duchess of Cornwall on a visit to Bristol's School of Veterinary Sciences in 2007.
Both new facilities are run by Langford Veterinary Services Ltd, a totally owned subsidiary of the University of Bristol.
"We are very grateful to the Langford Trust which has provided generous support for the Alborada Building and has previously raised funds for the University's equine and small animal facilities," said Professor Jo Price, Head of the School of Veterinary Sciences.
"The two new state-of-the-art facilities will enable our undergraduate and postgraduate students to be taught in world-class facilities that provide an environment for delivering the best standards of patient care for both small and large animals."
Sir David Wills Bt, Chairman of the Langford Trust, added: "We were delighted to welcome The Duchess of Cornwall back to the University's School of Veterinary Sciences.
"The opening of these two facilities is an exciting time for both the Langford Trust and the University's Veterinary School and we are extremely grateful to the Alborada Trust for helping make today's event possible."
The Langford Trust is a charity that supports the University's School of Veterinary Sciences to promote the practice, advancement and teaching of veterinary science. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has been Patron of the Trust since 2006 and is the Trust's first Patron.