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HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

10 June 1921 - 9 April 2021

It is with the utmost sadness that we learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness was hugely significant in the Armed Forces having served operationally himself for many years, and he was respected by all who served alongside him and after him. He was made Field Marshal of the British Army in 1953, a rank he held until his death, and he enjoyed strong lifelong connections with many British and Commonwealth services, regiments and corps. His loss is deeply felt and our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.

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Royal Army Veterinary Corps

The Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC) provides the service lead in the development of good husbandry, training practice, preventive medicine and care for Military Working Animals (MWAs).


The RAVC are deeply involved with all aspects of military animal activity, providing Military Working Dog (MWD) capability in support of the Field Army.

It is heavily involved in the procurement, training and maintenance of MWDs for the remainder of Defence and provides similar support to both the Household Cavalry and The King's Troop RHA with the procurement, training and maintenance of Military Working Horses and input to their ceremonial programmes.

The RAVC currently has a pivotal role to play in Defence, providing the handling and training expertise for a range of Military Working Dog (MWD) classifications. Veterinary Officers use their expertise to command and manage soldiers, MWDs, equipment as well as being employed clinically to maintain the health and welfare of the MWAs.


On patrol with Military Protection Dog Taran