Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, has officially opened the Equine Veterinary Medical Center – a regionally unique facility designed to provide the highest caliber of healthcare for horses while also advancing veterinary science.
During a tour of the Education City-based centre – a member of Qatar Foundation – to mark its opening Saturday, Sheikha Moza was given an insight into its services, technologies, and equine healthcare practices, while also meeting members of its team.
Her Highness Sheikha Moza was accompanied on the tour of the Equine Veterinary Medical Center (EVMC) by ministers and VIP guests.
“The Arabian horse breed is a respected, admired, and much-loved cornerstone of the cultural heritage of Qatar and the Arab world, and the world-class healthcare that the Equine Veterinary Medical Center provides for this symbol of our nation and region reflects its enduring, central role in our society,” said Khalifa al-Attiya, Executive Director of Al Shaqab, QF’s equine and equestrian centre where the EVMC is based.
“As well as providing an exceptional standard of equine healthcare for horse-owners throughout Qatar and beyond, the centre aims to be at the forefront of creating new knowledge in this field through groundbreaking research, provide opportunities for both postgraduate students and scientists, and raise awareness of the veterinary profession in Qatar.
“From healthcare, education, and innovation to helping to preserve and promote a vital aspect of Qatari and Arab culture, the Equine Veterinary Medical Center reflects the overarching mission of Qatar Foundation, and we are delighted to see the benefits it is already bringing to Qatar’s equine community and the positive response to the services it provides, the role it performs, and the message it sends.”
The EVMC houses an equine referral hospital, a veterinary diagnostic laboratory, and a clinical research laboratory, with its team of veterinarians employing advanced treatments and techniques to care for horses. Its specialised services include surgery, internal medicine, rehabilitation, dentistry, diagnostic imaging, and pain management, with the centre also offering a round-the-clock emergency service.
Meanwhile, EVMC’s research programme is aiming to make scientific advances in the field of equine medicine through collaborations and clinical research projects, while the centre also offers educational programmes.