The Kennel Club Cancer Centre at the AHT

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The Kennel Club Cancer Centre at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) was launched in 2013 and provides Cancer treatment to dogs, horses and cats, as well as pioneering new research to aid earlier diagnosis, treatment, and the prevention of some forms of the disease.  The Centre contributes to the AHT's well-established cancer research programme and brings together the expertise of the AHT's clinical oncology team, its molecular scientists and geneticists to investigate different cancers and different aspects of cancers in animals.

The Kennel Club provided the AHT with an interest-free loan of £1.5 million to help with the construction of the building and the overall development of the new Cancer Centre.  The loan is the latest in a series of link-ups between the Kennel Club and the Animal Health Trust. The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has also provided a £1.2 million grant to the AHT to fund the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the AHT, which is investigating the genetic cause of several other inherited diseases in dogs and developing DNA tests to check for these. There will be considerable synergy with this work and research into cancer.

The Kennel Club Cancer centre is able to offer each and every patient the specific treatment for its specific cancer and is able to combine surgery with chemotherapy and / or radiotherapy on one-site, which is less stressful for the animals being treated.  In addition, by treating these animals at the AHT, additional information can be collected to contribute to on-going cancer research.

Cancer remains one of the biggest threats to the wellbeing of dogs, but we hope that through the new Kennel Club Cancer Centre at the AHT, we will be able to take major strides towards improving the health and welfare of not just dogs but other animals too.

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