A retiring Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) council member is among those to have their achievements recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Caroline Freedman (left) and Julie Fitzpatrick.

Caroline Freedman, an appointee to council from the University of Edinburgh since 2005, received a British Empire Medal for services to animal welfare in Edinburgh. Mrs Freedman will be officially retiring from council at RCVS Day on July 11, but will remain as a lay member of the practice standards group – the coordinating body for the college’s practice standards scheme.

Three veterinary surgeons were also awarded OBEs:

  • Sarah Cleaveland, professor of comparative epidemiology at the University of Glasgow, was honoured for her contribution to veterinary epidemiology;
  • Robert Houston, former chief veterinary officer for Northern Ireland, has been recognised for services to veterinary science; and
  • Julie Fitzpatrick, scientific director of the Moredun Research Institute and chief executive of the Moredun Foundation, has been honoured for services to animal health and science.

RCVS president Neil Smith said: “I am delighted to see these very deserving people from the veterinary world receive their due recognition in this year’s birthday honours.

“During her time on council, Caroline has provided a greatly valued lay perspective on the veterinary issues of the day and I am pleased she will continue to give her valuable insight to the organisation through the practice standards group.

“Prof Cleaveland, meanwhile, is our guest speaker at this year’s RCVS Day, where she will be talking about her vital work in tackling zoonotic diseases on an international basis, so I am delighted to see her contribution to human and animal health being recognised.

“In addition, Bert Houston and Prof Fitzpatrick have contributed a great deal to both the veterinary profession and animal welfare in UK, with the latter being a member of our former research subcommittee.”

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