Who was Peter Randall?

Introduction Peter John Randall, MBE, GM (20 August 1930 to 23 April 2007) was a British Army soldier and a recipient of the George Medal, and the RSPCA’s Margaret Wheatley Cross, for his actions on 08 October 1954 where he saved the life of a fellow soldier and a military dog from a burning truck.… Read More


What is the Defence Animal Training Regiment (DATR)?

1.0 Introduction This article provides an overview of Defence Animal Training Regiment (DATR), a unit of the British Army’s Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC). The DATR was formerly known as the Defence Animal Centre. 2.0 What does the DATR Do? The DATR delivers animal handling training for more than 400 personnel and role specific training for hundreds… Read More

Analysing Colic in the British Military Working Horse Population

Research Paper Title Colic in the British military working horse population: a retrospective analysis. Background Colic is a common and potentially life-threatening condition of horses. Multiple risk factors have been previously identified and it is known that a careful management routine can help reduce colic rates. The British military working horse population represents a unique… Read More

Some Statistics for the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC) (2018)

As of 01 January 2018, the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC) had the following personnel in the roles of dog handler and veterinary technician (Table 1). Table 1: Soldier liability by rank and trade Trade/Rank Pte LCpl Cpl Sgt SSgt WO2 WO1 Dog Handler 133 72 51 32 16 [1] [1] Veterinary Technician 1 5 6 4… Read More