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Defence Animal Centre

The Defence Animal Centre is to deliver the required number of appropriately trained and highly motivated Military Working Animals and personnel in order to meet the requirements of Defence.

The Defence Animal Centre is a 346 acre site west of the market town of Melton Mowbray. Manned by Army and Royal Air Force personnel the unit is made up of a Regimental Headquarters and 3 Squadrons: Canine Training Squadron, Equine Training Squadron and Veterinary Training Squadron.

The Canine Training Squadron is responsible for delivering trained Military Working Dogs to customers within the Ministry of Defence. Canine Squadron is also responsible for teaching those that work with Military Working Dogs how to train, handle and most importantly look after the animals' welfare.

Equine Training Squadron is responsible for delivering trained horses to the Household Cavalry and King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery. Equine Squadron is also responsible for training riding instructors and farriers for the mounted units.

The Veterinary Training Squadron is responsible for delivering healthcare for the military working animals at the Defence Animal Centre and acts as a referral service for military working animals. 

The Defence Animal Centre is the historical home of Royal Army Veterinary Corps and is the military centre of excellence for delivering training to personnel and animals in the Ministry of Defence.