The Royal Veterinary College and Hospital


    THEIR MAJESTIES THE KING AND QUEEN opened on November 9 the new buildings of the Royal Veterinary College, Great College Street, Camden Town, London, N.W.I. A brochure issued to commemorate this event gives a brief history of the College, and an account of its reconstruction, with a description of the new buildings and of the work that will be carried on in them. The brochure is sumptuously produced, and is illustrated with a portrait of Charles Vial de St. Bel, the first principal (1791–93), as frontispiece, three views of the old College buildings, and a plan of the reconstructed College with views of some of its chief features. The old College has been demolished, and the new College block is rectangular in shape, with projecting wings facing Great College Street, the various departments being grouped around two internal courts separated by a central assembly hall. The Beaumont Hospital for Sick Animals and the Canine Hospital are situated to the west, and the Pathological Museum and Pathological Research Institute to the east, of the main block. Behind the Canine block are a reception stable, harness room, garage and workshop. Along the north-east boundary is the Ride in which horses are tested for soundness, horse-boxes, stores and quarters for attendants. The post-mortem building with cold store, preparation room and laboratories adjoins the Rid. Future extensions planned when funds permit are the Large Animals' Hospital and a field station.

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    The Royal Veterinary College and Hospital. Nature 140, 884 (1937).

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