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KC Trust provides funds for keyhole surgery

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust is ‘making a difference for dogs’ by awarding a grant of over £50,000 to the University of Liverpool to help fund equipment that can be used to perform key-hole surgery on animals.

The Small Animal Division within the university’s Faculty of Veterinary Science, offers a multi-discipline referral service for veterinary surgeons and their clients. The facilities and expertise offered are so highly regarded that many clients travel significant distances to visit the Division.

The success of the service has grown so much over the past 30 years that the Division has now outgrown its current hospital and is in the process of building a new Small Animal Teaching Hospital. The Charitable Trusts grant of £52,000 will be used to purchase vital equipment for the planned Minimal-invasive (key-hole) Surgery Operating Theatre.

Minimal-invasive surgery is increasingly important for the treatment of canine disorders. The advance of technology now means that many procedures that traditionally required extensive surgical approaches, which can result in consequent pain in convalescence or even death, can now be achieved through small incisions, which improve the recovery time for the dog.

Professor John Innes, an award-winning specialist in small animal orthopaedics at the hospital, said: "We are extremely grateful to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for this grant, which will help us fund the new Small Animal Teaching Hospital. The operating theatre that this money will equip will provide an invaluable resource to assist with specialist treatment for thousands of referred dogs each year."

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has as its mission statement ‘making a difference for dogs by funding a wide variety of work ranging from supporting research into canine diseases to welfare initiatives and the promotion of support dogs, all of which give dogs healthier and happier lives’.

The Trust was formed in 1987 and has distributed funds totalling more than £2million since its inception, with almost £250,000 awarded in grants last year alone.

Mike Townsend, Chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, said: "The advancement of science and education, and the relief of suffering of dogs who are in need of care and attention, are two of the Charitable Trust’s key objectives, and I believe that this grant will help us meet both. The University of Liverpool are to be congratulated for their growing success, and I hope that this award will help them continue to provide excellent surgical care for dogs."