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Vet made an OBE in New Year’s Honours
“I am surprised and deeply honoured to be appointed as an OBE."
Prof Meredith’s appointment recognises services to animal welfare 

Veterinary surgeon Anna Meredith has been made an OBE for services to animal welfare, in recognition of her work in the fields of zoological and conservation medicine.

Professor Meredith took up a new role as head of Melbourne Veterinary School in July this year, having previously worked at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. However, she maintains strong links with Edinburgh University and returns regularly to the UK.

Commenting on her appointment, she said: “I am surprised and deeply honoured to be appointed as an OBE, and humbled that others felt I was worthy. Along with many other dedicated colleagues I strive, as a veterinarian, to improve animal health and welfare.

“I believe passionately that we have a duty of care for all the species with which we share this planet, and are morally obliged to safeguard their health and welfare. This approach has a beneficial impact on human health and welfare and the health of the ecosystems on which we all depend.”

Prof Meredith worked as head veterinary surgeon at Edinburgh Zoo for 17 years and served as chair of the UK Government’s Zoos Expert Committee from 2010-2018. She is also an RCVS fellow and recognised specialist in Zoological Medicine, a European specialist in wildlife population health and a fellow of the Zoological Society of London.

She has written or edited a range of veterinary textbooks and is the author of nearly 100 scientific publications. She received the BSAVA’s Blaine Award in 2003 for outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal veterinary medicine or surgery.

Prof Meredith added: “I feel privileged to represent the veterinary profession by receiving this Honour, and hope that I can act as a role model to inspire colleagues and future veterinarians to continue to bring about improvements in all aspects of animal welfare.”

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Nominations for 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards now open

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 People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  

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New £1m project to investigate dairy cow lameness

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is leading a new £1 million research project to investigate the causes of lameness in dairy cows.

One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”