Head of Melbourne Veterinary School appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Professor Anna Meredith, Head of Melbourne Veterinary School, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s New Year 2019 Honours List for services to Animal Welfare.

The Honour reflects Professor Meredith’s work as a veterinarian over a career focused on zoological and conservation medicine and wildlife population health.  Professor Meredith served as Chair of the UK Government’s Zoos Expert Committee from 2010 to 2018 and is a Fellow and Recognised Specialist in Zoological Medicine of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and a Specialist in Wildlife Population Health of the European College of Zoological Medicine.  Professor Meredith is also a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), served on ZSL’s Council, and chaired their Animal Welfare Committee.

Professor Meredith 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 are morally obliged to safeguard animal health and welfare and that we have a duty of care for all the species with which we share this planet.  This approach has a beneficial impact on human health and welfare and the health of the ecosystems on which we all depend.”

Before joining the University of Melbourne in July 2018, Dr Meredith was Professor of Zoological and Conservation Medicine and Associate Dean International at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, and Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Professor Meredith was Head Veterinary Surgeon at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland for 17 years and established the University of Edinburgh’s Exotic Animal and Wildlife Unit. She lectures internationally, has written or edited a range of veterinary textbooks, and is author of almost 100 scientific publications. She received the British Small Animal Veterinary Association’s Blaine Award in 2003 for outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal veterinary medicine or surgery.

“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,” Professor Meredith said.