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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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Stephen Fry lends voice to frog conservation film

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 Comedian and author Stephen Fry has lent his voice to a new animation that hopes to raise awareness of deadly ranavirus, which is threatening the UK’s frogs.

Research by ZSL, who created the short film, suggests that at least 20 per cent of ranavirus cases over the past three decades, could be attributed to human introductions. This includes pond owners introducing fish, frog spawn and plants from other environments.

Amphibian disease expert Dr Stephen Price said: “People can help stop the spread by avoiding moving potentially infected material such as spawn, tadpoles, pond water and plants into their own pond. Disinfecting footwear or pond nets before using them elsewhere will also help.” 

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BVA Welsh Branch elects new president

Veterinary surgeon Ifan Lloyd was elected president of the BVA Welsh Branch at its AGM on 25 June.

Ifan has worked mainly in mixed practice since graduating from Cambridge University in 1988. He was a partner at St James Veterinary Group for 23 years and has continued to work part time at the practice since retiring in 2017.

He is passionate about animal health and disease eradication. He is a director of Cefn Gwlad Solutions, a company set up to lead bovine TB programmes in collaboration with other stakeholders. He is also director of lechyd Da (gwledig), the bTB testing delivery partner in South Wales.

Ifan said, “As a founding member of BVA Welsh Branch I am honoured and delighted to be elected as President. I have been passionate about representing the veterinary profession in Wales for many years and I plan to use this experience to represent my colleagues to the best of my abilities.”