Trustees and executives seeking emergency funding
The Animal Health Trust has announced that it will be closing 'imminently' unless emergency funding can be found.
In a statement, the charity said the announcement follows a period of 'dire financial constraint' and the economic impact of COVID-19 - both of which have had a direct effect on funding.
The charity said that it is continuing to seek emergency funds, including the potential use of government schemes – but without urgent input is likely to close 'at the end of this month'.
Established in 1942, the Animal Health Trust is the leading veterinary and scientific research charity dedicated to the health and welfare of animals. The organisation employs more than 250 people, including vets, nurses, scientists and support staff.
The full statement, in full, is as follows:
'We are devastated to announce that following a period of dire financial constraints, and now with the economic implications of Covid-19 having a direct effect on funding, our charity is facing imminent closure.
The Animal Health Trust has been in existence for more than 75 years and makes a significant difference to the health and welfare of animals.
Much of the work we do is unique, and without us, this work will cease, putting thousands of animals at risk from disease and injury.
The Trustees and Executive Committee continue to seek emergency funding, including the potential use of recently announced Government Schemes, in order to save the unparalleled knowledge and expertise the organisation houses, but without an urgent input of significant funds the charity is likely to close at the end of this month.
We are working with our 257 members of staff to support them through this difficult time.
Further updates will be available in due course'.