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Army animals demonstrate prowess

The Defence Animal Training Regiment opened its doors on Saturday for a day of events and demonstrations in Melton Mowbray.

Hundreds of people stepped behind the scenes of the Defence Animal Training Regiment at its Open Day on Saturday.

Visitors to the day were treated to an array of military demonstrations in the main arena that began with a parade of military working horses.

Dog lovers enjoyed a demonstration by the Canine Training Squadron who showcased the capabilities of their Military Working Dogs with demonstrations of obedience and search. The Canine Training Squadron is responsible for the training of all Military Working Dogs for Defence.

Music in the arena was provided by the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force Corps of Drums.

Lisa Durrance was one of the hundreds who visited the Open Day. Visiting with her family, she said: "Its been really good. It gave an insight into what goes on here. We hear a lot about the Regiment so its lovely to come in and see for ourselves."

It's great to come back to see the animals and the demonstrations. It brings back lots of happy memories. Alan Toseland, RAVC veteran

Royal Army Veterinary Corps veteran Alan Toseland (83) said: "I was based here in Melton as a Military Dog Handler. It's great to come back to see the animals and the demonstrations. It brings back lots of happy memories."

Away from the arena there was an opportunity to learn about the work of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps with a guided tour of the extensive veterinary facility that included the equine operating theatre and canine treatment room.

Visitors were also able to see a wide range of veterinary equipment that allows the team of vets and support staff to keep all of the animals at the Defence Animal Centre in the best of health.

Pack transport equipment worn was also on display and people were able to see the horses in their stables and the Farriers at work.