Uk (London): Landmark Donation To Transform Camden Animal Hospital

28th October 2010

Landmark Donation To Transform Camden Animal Hospital

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is pleased to announce the substantial donation of £1m from the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust towards a £1.5m refurbishment of the Beaumont Animals’ Hospital which it operates in Camden, London.

The Hospital will be renamed as the Beaumont Sainsbury Animals’ Hospital in Jean Sainsbury’s honour, as a reflection of the matched values shared by Jean and the College.   The Hospital has remained open during the refurbishment, which is due to be completed in Spring 2011.

“This Landmark donation enables the College to create a 21st century veterinary primary care practice that is unrivalled in Central London,” said Graham Milligan, Clinical Services Director at the Royal Veterinary College. “We are delighted to be able to celebrate Jean’s life by renaming our Hospital in her honour, as she was dedicated to improving animal welfare and promoting responsible care of animals and sound primary veterinary care.”

Jean Sainsbury, who died in 2007, was a frequent visitor to the hospital and provided funds to assist clients in receipt of state benefit with essential care and treatment of their pets. Jean especially valued the work of the Beaumont Animals’ Hospital because it provides the highest quality first opinion services for pet owners in Camden, and that this service is based on the ethos that all treatments and procedures should be necessary and appropriate to the animal’s needs.

Colin Russell MBE, Chairman of the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust said, “The Trustees feel it is a fitting tribute to Jean Sainsbury, who was dedicated to animal welfare, to have her name added to the Beaumont Animals’ Hospital which she supported so enthusiastically during her lifetime.” For many years Jean Sainsbury was a supporter of the Royal Veterinary College and its hospital for small animals in Camden.

Grants to the College helped to fund the first phase of the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals at the Hawkshead campus in Hertfordshire and grants were used at the Camden Town site to refurbish operating theatres and waiting and reception areas in the animals’ hospital.

Since 1994 the Trust has subsidised veterinary costs for those on low incomes. Jean Sainsbury’s support was formally recognised in 1994 by the award of an Honorary Fellowship of the College. The extensive £1.5 million refurbishment of the hospital includes improvements to the reception and waiting areas for clients, refitting of the five consultation rooms; major upgrades to the dispensary and treatment room, a complete refit of the radiography suite including updating to the latest digital standards, a refit of surgical facilities including the creation of a new dedicated dental suite, the expansion of ward facilities for exotics, an overhaul of the ward space for dogs including expansion of the isolation facilities (to minimise likelihood of spread of infectious diseases) as well as complete refurbishment of seminar room facilities for students, new office accommodation and major improvements to living quarters for the veterinary nursing team.

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