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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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Huge spike in ‘designer’ dogs going into rescue

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 The RSPCA has reported a huge spike in the number of ‘designer’ dogs arriving into its care.

Figures published by the charity show there has been a 517 per cent increase in the number of French bulldogs arriving into its kennels. During that time, the charity has also seen an increase in dachshunds, chihuahuas, and crossbreeds.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said: “We know that the breeds of dog coming into our care often reflect the trends in dog ownership in the wider world and, at the moment, it doesn’t get more trendy than ‘designer’ dogs like French bulldogs and Dachshunds."

 

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