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Reference Desk May 2012

World Society for the Protection of Animals Names New Chief Veterinary Adviser

    LONDON, United Kingdom, May 21, 2012—The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has announced that Dr. David Bayvel will be joining the organization July 1, 2012 as its new Chief Veterinary Adviser.

    In his new role, Bayvel's duties will include working with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on the drafting of standards, with national chief veterinary officers, and with national and international veterinary bodies, to ensure the implementation of international standards and laws to protect the welfare of animals. He will also be advising on WSPA’s programs supporting the education of veterinarians through specially designed animal welfare training modules.

    As one of the world’s preeminent experts in the fields of animal welfare and veterinary science, his career spans more than four decades and includes posts in private and public sector organizations and veterinary practice promoting ethical care and treatment of animals. He recently retired from the position of Director of Animal Welfare at the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

    “I am honored to join WSPA as its new Chief Veterinary Adviser. I have long admired WSPA’s measured approach to animal welfare and its commitment to improving the conditions for animals around the world. WSPA has a proven track record on the world stage of forging collaborations with other key international nongovernmental organizations and governments to have a lasting positive impact for animals and their communities,” said Bayvel.

    After obtaining his initial veterinary degree in Scotland from the University of Glasgow in 1967, Bayvel earned a diploma in tropical veterinary medicine from the University of Edinburgh. He became a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, by examination in veterinary pharmacology, in 1983 and obtained a master's degree in public policy from New Zealand’s Victoria University of Wellington in 1994.

    Bayvel has been actively involved with the OIE in addressing animal welfare issues at an international level. He chaired the 2001 OIE ad hoc expert group meeting on animal welfare and chaired the permanent OIE Animal Welfare Working Group from 2002-2012.

    About the World Society for the Protection of Animals
    The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) seeks to create a
 world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty has ended. To
 achieve this we are active in more than 50 countries, working directly 
with animals and with people and organizations that can ensure they are
 treated with compassion. For more information, visit www.www.wspa-international.org.

    Source: World Society for the Protection of Animals

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