Chief Scientific Adviser receives OBE for work at World Animal Protection

19 June 2017

Michael Appleby has been included on the Queen's Honours List for Services to Animal Welfare, including his work at World Animal Protection (previously WSPA) from 2005-2016.

Dr Appleby worked as Chief Scientific Adviser for World Animal Protection, making contributions such as helping to produce India’s first Code of Practice for the management of dairy cows for both production and welfare. India is the largest milk producer in the world and the regulation has the potential to improve the lives of over 50 million dairy animals across the country.

Michael Appleby in India working on the country's Code of Practice for the management of dairy cows

Michael said, “It is hugely exciting how the field of animal welfare has grown in importance in the last 30 years. It is now increasingly recognised as contributing to food security and both the good of people and the environment, as well as animals.

“I’m privileged that for 11 years at World Animal Protection, I was able to help improve animal welfare around the world. It’s been an honour to work alongside academic colleagues, all categories of NGOs, governments and others.”

Michael Appleby in India working on the country's Code of Practice for the management of dairy cows

Michael’s work in animal welfare started with a BSc degree in Zoology then a PhD in Animal Behaviour at the University of Cambridge. This led to a position as lecturer in Applied Ethology at the University of Edinburgh followed by several NGO roles. He also helped establish the Edinburgh MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare and currently lectures at the University of Edinburgh.

He has recently completed editing the 3rd edition of the book Animal Welfare, the main academic text for animal welfare courses around the world, which will be published in the new year.

"I’m privileged that for 11 years at World Animal Protection, I was able to help improve animal welfare around the world."

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