Julie Fitzpatrick, scientific director of the Moredun Research Institute and chief executive of the Moredun Foundation, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours for services to animal health and science.

Prof Fitzpatrick took up her role at Moredun, which carries out research to prevent and control diseases of livestock.

in 2004 and since 2010 has divided her time between the institute and her work as chair of food security at the University of Glasgow College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences.

She said: “This is an extraordinary honour, which I am delighted to receive to highlight the importance of the work many of us are involved in to improve livestock health and welfare across the world through science and education.”

Prof Fitzpatrick has made a major contribution throughout her career to promote veterinary science and practice both within the UK and across the world.

She has served on many panels, research committees and visiting groups and has also taken part in several high-profile links to improve science policy interactions and promote education and understanding of livestock health and welfare.

She was a member of the RCVS research subcommittee and a trustee and vice-chairman of the board of GALVmed, a public private partnership focusing on supporting the development of biologicals and therapeutics for orphan livestock diseases in developing countries.

She is a member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council food security strategic advisory panel and, previously, The Wellcome Trust’s veterinary fellowship panel.

She graduated with a BVMS (Hons) degree at the University of Glasgow, where she was the 1982 McCall Award winner for the most outstanding veterinary student, before working in general veterinary practice in Northumberland.

A research assistantship and PhD at the University of Bristol followed, after which she took up a teaching position at the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine, gaining a personal chair in farm animal medicine in 1999.

In 2003 she was awarded the G Norman Hall Medal for research into animal diseases by the RCVS trust.

Prof Fitzpatrick was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2007 and received a doctorate of science from Heriot Watt University in 2013.

Moredun Foundation chairman Ian Duncan Millar said the honour was “richly deserved”.

“On behalf of all our colleagues at Moredun may we offer our warmest congratulations to Prof Fitzpatrick on receiving this honour in recognition of her outstanding contribution to improving and promoting livestock health and welfare,” he said.

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