A Jack Russell is prepared for a surgical procedureCredit:Getty A pet is prepared for a surgical procedureCredit:Getty Last month, a photo capturing the tender moment a dying cat ‘held its owner’s hand’ on a final trip to vet when viral. There is also a new dedicated dental suite to care for the 80 per cent of animals who arrive at the home with problem teeth. Claire Horton, Chief Executive of Battersea, said: “For 156 years Battersea has been on the front line of animal care, caring for the many thousands of abandoned and neglected dogs and cats who come through our gates who so desperately need our help. Veterinary staff prepare to sedate an Akita dogCredit:Getty Brand new intensive care areas and sound-proofed recovery wards with separate space for dogs and cats will allow for a ‘peaceful and calm recovery’. A kitten is prepared for surgeryCredit:Getty A dog is prepared for surgery Credit:Getty The Duchess of Cornwall, who has two Battersea dogs, was there to officially open the charity’s new hospital last month. The terrier after surgery Credit:Getty Veterinary staff fit a breathing tube to an Akita dogCredit:Getty The new Veterinary Hospital, which opened on September 7, has three operating theatres, enabling staff to perform over 100 operations per week. “Our new Veterinary Hospital and Centre of Excellence will help us realise our ambition to help more dogs and cats and not just those within our centres, as this world-leading facility will enable us to welcome and train staff from rescue and rehoming organisations all over the world. Senior Theatre Nurse Rebecca Smith carries out a procedure on a cat Credit:Getty “The new Veterinary Hospital is a place of transformation and hope where even the most neglected and abused dogs and cats can be put back on four paws by our dedicated staff before they are found a new loving home. We look forward to an exciting future working to transform the wellbeing of dogs and cats across the UK and beyond.” These pet photos capture what cats and dogs go through before, during and after surgery at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Shaun Opperman, Battersea’s Veterinary Director for the last 24 years, added: “Our new facilities will speed up treatment and recovery to give each and every rescue dog and cat a chance of a new life as quickly as possible.” A kitten at the animal hospital Credit:Getty A Staffordshire Bull Terrier undergoes surgeryCredit:Getty Meanwhile, here’s the touching moment girl says final goodbye to her dying pet dog. From a Staffordshire Bull Terrier recovering from an operation to a tiny kitten being prepared for surgery, the images show an average day at the new Veterinary Hospital and Centre of Excellence Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.