Relieving suffering and furthering animal welfare

Founded in 1990, the Langford Trust for Animal Health & Welfare supports the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Science at Langford in North Somerset.

Our main objective is to relieve suffering and to further animal welfare by:

  • Promoting the practice, advancement and teaching of veterinary science
  • Fostering public education in animal health and welfare

Financially, the Trust supports the veterinary school through funding for clinical research and equipment and clinical facilities for the treatment and hospitalisation of animals.

History

Founded in 1990 with an aim to improve facilities for teaching a rapidly growing number of veterinary students at the University of Bristol specifically at the Langford Campus. Creating not only improved facilities for didactic learning but also hospital environments supplying the clinical case for hands on experience. Medical students have the use of national health service hospitals and GP surgeries but those same amenities had to be built and funded by the Vet School.

In the final year our students, under strict supervision of specialist clinicians, learn the finer points of diagnosis and treatment, thus ensuring they are well equipped with day one skills when they enter their profession as new graduates.

Veterinary science is advancing at the same breakneck speed as medical science but is much more complex. Unlike newly qualified doctors, vets must be highly skilled in surgical techniques in many species from day one. It is imperative, therefore, that they have the facilities in which to train to an extremely high level of proficiency.

Their breadth of knowledge has to encompass smaller companion animals, high value large animals such as bloodstock and rare breeds and the exotic creatures and stranger species that many of our students and graduates encounter both at home and overseas.

The most up to date equipment needed for new advanced techniques is vital but expensive and the facilities for animals undergoing such treatment must be superlative.

For the next generation of veterinary surgeons, high standards and new technical skills are vitally important to ensure improved animal health and welfare, not only in this country but all over the world.

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