Published: 10/03/2017 11:48:44
We celebrate 75 years of helping dogs live healthier lives by launching £75,000 fundraising campaign at Crufts
2017 is a particularly special year for us at the AHT, as we celebrate our 75th Anniversary. Established in 1942 by a vet who wanted veterinary medicine to improve at the same rate as human medicine, everything the AHT does has the health and welfare of animals at its heart and its important work continues to help countless dogs (cats and horses!) - every year - to live healthier and happier lives.
We attend Crufts each year as our Canine Genetics team work closely with the Kennel Club and dog breeders to discover genetic mutations in dogs responsible for inherited diseases in certain breeds. This research enables us to develop non-invasive DNA tests to help breeders ensure those diseases are not passed onto future generations of puppies, helping to control and eradicate these diseases.
The extra funds we raise with this campaign will help to continue our vital work, putting our research into practice globally – from lab to clinic – for the future health of animals in the form of effective cures and treatments.
Dr Mark Vaudin, CEO and Director of Research at the Animal Health Trust, said: “Since 1942 the Animal Health Trust has led the way in preventing disease and injury in dogs, cats and horses. Without our expertise, many more animals would be sick, suffer and die prematurely.
“We’re very proud of everything we have achieved for animal health so far and are looking forward to celebrating this milestone anniversary, as well as caring for, and protecting, the health and welfare of many more animals over the next 75 years.”
Watch a video about the 75 at Crufts campaign here:
Did you know?
- The AHT is the leading veterinary and scientific research charity in the UK known best for its world-leading research into canine genetics, cancer and epilepsy
- The AHT was one of the first laboratories in the world to offer DNA tests to dog breeders in 1995
- The first test offered by the AHT was for PRA in Irish Setters
- The AHT has been researching canine genetics and offering DNA tests to dog owners for nearly 20 years
- Its world-leading canine genetics team at the Kennel Club Genetics Centre, under the leadership of Dr Cathryn Mellersh, continue to push forward this area of research to benefit countless future generations of dogs through pioneering projects such as Give a Dog a Genome. This ground-breaking programme, funded by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and individual breed clubs, will focus on sequencing the DNA of 75 different breeds to create the UK’s largest canine genome bank to help improve dog health www.aht.org.uk/gdg
Spending your money wisely
From every £1 you give
us we spend 93p
fighting disease and
injury in animals.
We use the remaining 7p
to raise the next £1.