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Ballygowan vet's work praised by Prince Charles

By Allan Preston

Published 05/02/2016

Simon Doherty (second from right), a vet from Ballygowan, meets Prince Charles during an official charity visit by the prince to Bath
Simon Doherty (second from right), a vet from Ballygowan, meets Prince Charles during an official charity visit by the prince to Bath
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A Ballygowan vet's charity work has been give a royal seal of approval after a meeting with Prince Charles.

Simon Doherty met with the Prince of Wales as he visited Bath in England. Simon was praised for his work with the charity 'Send a Cow' which sends livestock and other help to some of Africa's poorest areas.

Prince Charles was attending in his capacity as the Duke of Cornwall. For nearly 30 years he's served as the charity's landlord and has been it's President since 2009.

Mr Doherty called the meeting a "fantastic experience".

A trustee of the charity, Mr Doherty is also senior vice president of the North of Ireland Veterinary Association.

Speaking after the meeting he said: "It was an honour to be there on the day and to speak to His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales about the incredible work Send a Cow is doing with smallholder farmers in Africa. We discussed my role as a vet and a trustee and discussed the importance of animal welfare."

''It was a fantastic experience to meet him and a wonderful opportunity to raise the profile of Send a Cow. It's clear that Prince Charles is a big supporter of the charity and has an avid interest in agriculture.''

Prince Charles is well known for his support of environmental causes. He said: "I do congratulate you on all your work, it's very important to keep smallholders going. It's vital."

He voiced his support for women in farming in Africa, stressing the need to empower them as well as encouraging more young people to work in agriculture.

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