THE first ever memorial to the Army’s veterinary corps has been unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum by Princess Anne.
Around 150 serving soldiers and officers, families of Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC) personnel killed in action and association members were invited to the dedication ceremony yesterday at the site in Alrewas.
The group, which has always procured, supported and treated the army’s horses used for ceremonial purposes, has, for the last 60 years, been focused mostly on dogs.
Colonel Neil Smith, who is the director of Army veterinary and remount services, said: “This is a very important day for the RAVC.
“This impressive memorial is dedicated to all who have served and made sacrifices whilst in the RAVC and its historical predecessors.
“We are honoured and very pleased that it has been unveiled by our Colonel-in-Chief, the Princess Royal.
“Much planning and fund-raising has gone into creating this memorial and making this day so special.
The funds have come from the soldiers, the fund-raising activities of ex-soldiers and their families, and individual donations.”
The official unveiling event also saw a parade take place featuring RAVC dogs.