Princess Anne meets Grand National winner at vet school launch

  • A newly expanded equine veterinary hospital and a sculpture by Kelpies creator Andy Scott have been unveiled by the Princess Royal.

    Princess Anne opened the new veterinary building this week (1 May) at the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School.

    She also met 2017 Grand National winner One For Arthur, who was undergoing a routine heart scan as part of a study into the hearts of elite horses.

    The facilities include new diagnostic and surgical suites and a critical care unit with 24-hour video monitoring.

    Princess Anne also revealed the 15ft horse’s head sculpture, titled Canter, which stands at the centre of the entrance hall. The sculpture represents working horses and weighs 1.5 tonnes.

    Credit: Neil Hanna

    Professor David Argyle, head of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, said the school is “delighted” Princess Anne attended.

    “The opening of the new expanded equine hospital represents a major step change in how we treat horses,” he said.

    “We are also delighted with Canter — an incredible piece of art and fitting for a veterinary school that was originally established to support the treatment of working horses.”

    Mr Scott added: “I chose a heavy horse to reflect the original intent of the school, which was set up to help work horses in the early 19th century.

    “I am delighted with how it fits into the environment, blending with the unique architectural features of the building and the stone plinth.”

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