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WSPA Chief Veterinary Adviser recognised with honorary degree

Jul 11, 2013

Dr. David Bayvel

We’re delighted to announce that our Chief Veterinary Adviser, Dr David Bayvel, has received an Honorary Bachelor of Veterinary Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the veterinary profession in New Zealand and beyond.  

Dr Bayvel is one of the world’s pre-eminent experts in the fields of animal welfare and veterinary science. He helps to ensure that we work at the heart of the veterinary profession to support and advance animal welfare around the world. This includes working with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on the drafting of standards, with national Chief Veterinary Officers, and with national and international bodies, to ensure the implementation of standards and laws to protect the welfare of animals.

Dr Bayvel said: “It is a great honour to receive such an award and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the support received, during my career, from my wife, family and colleagues at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF)… Recognising the benefits of public and private sector partnerships, WSPA looks forward to consolidating, and further developing, its strategically important relationship with Massey’s Institute of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.”

Over recent years, Dr Bayvel has received awards, and been honoured, by a number of international and national organisations including the OIE, the Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching, the New Zealand Veterinary Association, and the New Zealand Companion Animal Council, to name a few. He was also awarded a Queen’s Service Order (in the December 2011 Honours List) and was appointed, in 2012, as the New Zealand Government veterinary appointee to the Veterinary Council of New Zealand. 

Chief Executive, Mike Baker, also recognised Dr Bayvel’s worldwide impact: “Combining Dr Bayvel’s unrivalled wealth of experience with the global reach and influence of an international organisation such as WSPA, means real advancements in animal welfare are being placed at the heart of the veterinary profession worldwide, enabling us to effectively work towards a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty ends. 

“WSPA is, therefore, delighted that Massey University has recognised Dr Bayvel’s outstanding contribution to the veterinary profession; furthering endorsing the fact that the profession’s contribution to animal welfare both in New Zealand and worldwide, is invaluable.”

Congratulations, Dr David Bayvel, from all at WSPA!

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