WSPA welcomes new Chief Veterinary Adviser

David Bayvel, Chief Veterinary Adviser

David Bayvel, Chief Veterinary Adviser

WSPA has announced that Dr David Bayvel will be joining the organisation on 1 July as Chief Veterinary Adviser. His newly created position will be replacing the role held by Dr David Wilkins from 2004-2012. Dr Wilkins will continue his involvement with WSPA, working on several special projects. 

In his pivotal new senior role, Dr Bayvel will help ensure that WSPA is working at the heart of the veterinary profession around the world to support and advance animal welfare. This will include working with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on the drafting of standards to ensure the implementation of international standards and laws to protect the welfare of animals. He will also be advising on WSPA’s programmes supporting the education of veterinarians through our specially designed animal welfare training modules.

Dr Bayvel is one of the world’s pre-eminent experts in the fields of animal welfare and veterinary science. His career, which has taken him around the world, spans more than four decades and includes posts in private and public sector organisations 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.

Dr Bayvel said, “I am honoured 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 NGOs and governments to have a lasting positive impact for animals and their communities.”

Over the last two years, Dr Bayvel has received several prestigious awards and has been honoured by a number of international and national organisations, including the OIE. He was also awarded a Queen’s Service Order in the December 2011 Honours List. 

Dr 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. He will now move to represent the International Coalition for Animal Welfare on this important OIE group.

Mike Baker, Chief Executive Officer at WSPA said, “We are thrilled that David Bayvel will be joining the WSPA family in such a key role. He brings with him a wealth of experience, which will be an invaluable asset to WSPA as we forge ahead in partnership with other key international stakeholders and the veterinary profession working towards a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty has ended.

“We also want to express our gratitude to David Wilkins for all his excellent work on behalf of WSPA over the years and for his continued support. We wish him well in all his future endeavours.”

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