Alicia Kearns MP visited the Defence Animal Training Regiment (DATR) at Remount Barracks to learn more about the history of the site, the work that takes place there, and the support available for military personnel and their families.
The DATR is responsible for delivering animal handling training for military personnel, and training, support and rehoming for Military Working Animals in the British Armed Forces. The 236-strong unit is made up of serving personnel from several Army regiments and the RAF Police.
Alicia was given a tour of the unit, including the three training sqaudrons based here: canine, equine and veterinary.
Alicia met with DATR students and their families as sixteen serving men and women graduated as dog handlers during their ITT Passing Out Parade.
Alicia Kearns MP, Member of Parliament for Rutland and Melton, said:
“It was fascinating to visit the DATR and learn more about the long history of the site, and the huge range of training on offer here.
“I was incredibly proud to see sixteen of our talented serving men and women graduate as dog handlers during their Passing Out Parade. There is no doubt that animal welfare truly is at the heart of everything the DATR do, and it's wonderful to see working animals so beautifully cared for.”