Since 2005 she’s been known on the world stage as HRH Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, but dog devotees may know that she took on another title that same year– that of patron of Animal Care Trust, the Royal Veterinary College’s registered charity. Stepping into her role, the Rover-loving Royal Highness recently paid a visit to Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital at the Royal Veterinary College in Camden, North London.
Visiting with staff at the veterinary college, The Duchess (who has followed in the footsteps of the late Queen Mother as ACT’s patron) learned how funds from Animal Care Trust have led to the purchase of laparoscopic surgical equipment for neutering procedures, while a tour of the teaching hospital’s anatomy museum highlighted how financial help from ACT has allowed students the opportunity to study preserved anatomical features in-depth.
The visit also included a chance to meet some of the facility’s four-pawed patients, including Dogmatrix, a Lurcher (seen in the photo below) receiving a routine check up.
For more information regarding Animal Care Trust:
- visit www.rvc.ac.uk/act
The Duchess of Cornwall Meets Ruby the Rescue Dog
A few days prior to her date to tour Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital, the Duchess of Cornwall enjoyed another canine encounter at Dents Fine Accessories in Warminster, England.
Famous for fashioning fine gloves for both British and Hollywood royalty, for the past 10 years Dents has also been a special spot for Ruby, CEO Deborah Moore’s rescued Labrador Retriever, who received a celebratory dog biscuit-accented cake from the royal for her years of dogged devotion to the business.
Known for her love of dogs, The Duchess of Cornwall is also patron of Medical Detection Dogs and Langford Trust for Animal Health and Welfare, and is a proud pet parent to Beth and Bluebelle, two Jack Russell Terriers adopted from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, which will be visited by Her Majesty the Queen in mid-March as the renowned charity marks the opening of new kennels at its London center.
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