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£1.5m to be put towards fighting canine cancer

Tuesday, 21st February 2012

There will soon be new developments for dogs in need of pet medication for canine cancer, as the Kennel Club has signed a loan agreement to fund the building of the Kennel Club Cancer Centre.

The organisation has signed a formal loan agreement with the Animal Health Trust (AHT) for £1.5 million. It will go towards building a state-of-the-art radiotherapy facility at the AHT’s site in Suffolk.

Dr Peter Webbon, chief executive of the AHT, said: "Signing this agreement is a big step forward in our fight against cancer. We are extremely grateful to the Kennel Club for supporting this project and enabling us to advance our investigations into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of cancer."

Steve Dean, Kennel Club chairman, added that the new centre will look at genetic causes of cancer to help to improve the future health of dogs.

Cancer is the most common cause of death in dogs. The new centre will bring together the AHT's clinical oncology team, molecular scientists and geneticists to investigate different types of the disease.