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Project information

Equipping our Veterinary Hospital

Our Veterinary Hospital is undergoing a major expansion as part of a capital project funded by two large bequests. Funds are needed to purchase equipment to furnish the new facilities so that they can be used to treat animals and educate veterinary students as soon as the doors open!

January 2013 - December 2013

Charity information: University of Cambridge Veterinary School Trust

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  • Need


    We have the available funds to cover the capital costs for building new facilities for our veterinary hospital and now need to ensure that essential equipment is in place for when the doors open. The new facilities will dramatically enhance the hospital's efficiency and provide a much-needed interactive learning environment for our veterinary students. Funding the building is only half the story, we need to ensure it is fit for purpose as quickly as possible.


    The veterinary hospital has an equipment list which the Trust is responsible for securing funding for. Our aim is to seek donations from as many sources as possible and to secure competitive rates so that all the equipment can be in situ as soon as the new building is completed. We want to be able to use the new building to its maximum potential as soon possible to benefit the thousands of animals referred for treatment and the students studying for their veterinary qualifications.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide essential veterinary equipment to furnish the veterinary hospital's new facilities.


    » Include an appeal in our annual supporter newsletter.
    » Hold an information event for major donors and long-term supporters including Friends of the Trust.
    » Encourage our supporter network, including hospital staff, to hold fundraising events.
    » Run a promotion via the Hospital's reception area, Facebook, our website and any free local advertising.

    What success will look like

    We have been provided with a list of equipment, as funds become available we will purchase items in order of priority. As soon as the list is exhausted we will have succeeded!

  • Impact


    Our Veterinary Hospital runs on a not-for-profit basis to provide essential veterinary care for thousands of sick and injured animals referred for diagnosis and treatment from across the UK. The Hospital continues to employ innovative techniques to improve survival rates and enhance their quality of life; by providing the equipment needed to undertake these procedures we are contributing to a legacy of increased veterinary understanding and improved animal welfare.


    The current economic climate is likely to have an impact on the number of major donors (particularly corporate) that will give larger donations. As a charity we are careful to keep growing our supporter network and keep them engaged with our work and future plans. Instead of one major gift, it is more likely that our success will be achieved from lots of smaller donations.


    Personal thank you's are sent to all donors together will an annual newsletter providing updates on our progress. In addition we keep our website updated and hold open days for Friends/supporters of the Trust and veterinary alumni.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £102,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £97,375 Equipment Purchase Purchase of essential items from the hospital wishlist
      £5,125 Admin and Publicity Operating costs
  • Background


    The Queens Veterinary School Hospital is based on the outskirts of Cambridge and provides veterinary care to animals referred from throughout the UK.


    1, The animals who are referred to the Veterinary Hospital for treatment.
    2, The students who are studying to become qualified veterinarians.
    3, The veterinary clinicians' working environment (and efficiency) will be greatly enhanced.
    4, In addition to the animals referred from their vets, the animals treated by the Cambridge RSPCA centre use the hospital's facilities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Established in 1983, the University of Cambridge Veterinary School Trust is a charity solely dedicated to raising funds in support of the Cambridge Veterinary School and Queen's Veterinary Hospital and their aim of providing the best in animal healthcare. Situated within the School, the charity works alongside senior clinical staff to identify funding needs, prioritise projects and identify cost-effective solutions.

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    Katy Stevenson

    Fundraising executive - main areas of responsibility include Friends, alumni, Trust & Foundations, multi-media, events.

    Liz Smith

    Fundraising executive - main areas of responsibility include hospital client networks, dog/cat/equine clubs, marketing and finance.