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A £3million animal cancer centre will benefit equine patients when it opens in June 2008.

Half the funds have already been raised, the centre’s Stephanie Brickman told H&H, with the other half to come from grants and trusts.

The centre is part of a £100m investment in the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh and, when open, will be only the sixth facility of its kind in the world.

With the radiography equipment designed mainly to treat cancer in small animals, state-of-the-art imaging equipment will be used to diagnose and treat problems of the head, neck and legs in horses.

Project leader Professor David Argyle told H&H the centre would also improve understanding of inflammatory diseases.

He explained: “One problem we have had for several years is that the images of the head and neck we’ve taken in horses have been quite poor and, as a result, we still don’t know enough about dental diseases and sinus problems.”

Professor Argyle said equines would be referred from all over the country, and mainland Europe, to the centre.

“The centre will make us world leaders in our field,” he added.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (28 July, ’07)