Thousands call for an end to animal experiments in Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 08:02 13 November 2016

Royal Veterinary College Student Village

Royal Veterinary College Student Village

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More than 5,000 people have called on a Welwyn Hatfield college to stop experimenting on animals after a charity highlighted its research

Animal Aid launched a petition last month about the Royal Veterinary College, which conducts about 9,000 experiments on animals, such as dogs, mice, and sheep, a year.

Experiments are carried out at the campus in Hawkshead Lane near Brookmans Park, in Camden, and at various veterinary hospitals.

Animal Aid supporter Mary Barton of Ayot St Peter said: “The college seems to have lost sight of its original aim to care for animals.”

A college spokesperson said: “Veterinarians are integral to ensuring that any compromise to health and welfare is limited to the absolute minimum, and is justified by the potential benefits that might ensue.

“All research conducted at the RVC, as at all other UK veterinary schools, has the potential to benefit our animal patients.

“The techniques we develop will always be applicable to veterinary patients, even if there is also human medical benefit.

“Companion animals in particular suffer many of the same disease problems that afflict people, and the standard of healthcare we can offer our pets is dependent upon progressing our knowledge and continuing to push back the frontiers as to what is possible.

“Our referral hospitals are very much at the frontier of veterinary care – they can only continue to progress in their endeavours to offer the best treatment possible to our patients because of the scientific advances that underpin our discipline.

“Veterinary and human patient clinical research has proved extremely valuable in cancer medicine.

“Anybody who has ever had to take their pet to a veterinary clinic is benefitting from these advances in just the same way as anyone requiring hospital treatment for themselves or their family benefits from medical research.”

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