News

June 1st 2015

Melton Mowbray Soldiers invite you to join them at the defence animal centre

A parachute free fall display by The Tigers Free Fall Team, dog training demonstrations and a chance to show your support to local soldiers are all part of the Defence Animal Centre Open Day on Saturday, 6 June.

This will be the fourth year in succession the Centre will be throwing open its gates to give the local community the opportunity to see what goes on ‘behind the wire.’ Gates open at 10am and close at 4.00pm. Entrance and parking is free.

A day brimming with activities has been planned for visitors of all ages with regular demonstrations in the main arena throughout the day. The display by The Tigers Free Fall Team of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment will take place at 10:30am.

Dog lovers will be able to watch the Canine Training Squadron showcase the capabilities of their Military Working Dogs with demonstrations of obedience, search and agility at 11:20am and  throughout the day.  The Squadron is responsible for the training of all Military Working Dogs for Defence. By employing only the best positive reward techniques they are able to produce dogs of very high quality for employment at home and abroad.

Horses at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray

Horses at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray

Horses will parade in the arena at 12:10am. Away from the arena there will be an opportunity to learn about the work of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps with a guided tour of the extensive veterinary facility 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.

Visitors will be able to visit the canine treatment room where they will be able to see a range of veterinary equipment including an endoscope; a camera used for looking inside body cavities. Visitors will be able to use the scope on hollowed out vegetables.  The equine operating theatre will also be open for viewing.

Ceremonial and pack transport equipment worn and carried by the horses will be on display and people will be able to see the horses in their stables and the Farriers at work.

Other entertainment will include a children’s play area with bouncy castle, paintball and face painting. There will also be a petting farm where people will be able to meet a variety of animals from llamas to meerkats.

A selection of food and market stalls will also be at the Open Day.

The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Morrison, said: “All are welcome to join us for what is a relaxed entertaining day for all the family. It is always a pleasure to welcome people to the Centre to find out a little bit more about the work we do and we look forward to seeing everyone on the day.”

Whilst food and drink will be available to purchase visitors are also invited to bring along their own picnics and enjoy a full day at the Defence Animal Centre. Car parks will be signposted and located on Welby Lane next to the Canine Training Squadron and just off Asfordby Road by the entrance to the Defence Animal Centre. The post code for Sat Nav is LE13 0HX.

Due to the nature of the work carried out at the Defence Animal Centre no private dogs are allowed on site (assistance dogs excepted).

“All are welcome to join us for what is a relaxed entertaining day for all the family. It is always a pleasure to welcome people to the Centre to find out a little bit more about the work we do and we look forward to seeing everyone on the day.”