Congratulations to Dr David Bayvel, chief veterinary adviser for the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). The Ministry of Primary Industries latest Welfare Pulse magazine (September 2013) advises that he was awarded the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS)’s prestigious College Prize at the organisation’s Science Week on the Gold Coast in July.
Nominated for the award by the ANZCVS Animal Welfare Chapter, his testimonial said: “It would not be understating the impact of David’s contribution and leadership to say it has changed the way animal welfare, as not only a moral and philosophical issue, but also as a strategic marketing issue, is viewed, both in this part of the world and internationally. Additionally, his passion for the subject has been instrumental in raising its profile within a veterinary profession that was, initially at least, a little slow to take ownership of the issue.”
In his previous role as director of animal welfare for the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr Bayvel was instrumental in encouraging the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to embrace the concept, which led to the establishment of the OIE Animal Welfare Working Group, chaired by him from 2002 until his appointment at WSPA in 2012. His liaison between Massey’s Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre and the OIE contributed to the Centre being recognised as an OIE Collaborating Centre in 2007. The centre has grown from there to include a further four institutes across Australasia.