Joe Brownlie, a prominent veterinary academic, has been made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to science.

John (Joe) Brownlie, a prominent veterinary academic, has been made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to science.

Joe Brownlie has been made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to science Prof Brownlie is emeritus professor of veterinary pathology at the Royal Veterinary College and chairman of the trustees of the Institute for Animal Health (IAH). He joined the RVC in 1995 after 26 years at the IAH.

He got confirmation of his CBE on June 11, having been sent a letter a month previously saying that his name had been put forward for an honour.

Explaining the sequence of events, he said: “You get sent a letter about four weeks beforehand but you aren’t allowed to tell anybody until it’s published because you can’t be absolutely certain the Queen will ratify it. You just get notified that your name has gone forward for approval.”

Paying tribute to those who have supported his career over the decades, Prof Brownlie added: “I’ve been helped by a cast of thousands over the years. As with all commanders, others do the work and commanders get the credit.”

Other awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List include an MBE for Judith Webb, a lay member of the RCVS Council (for services to conservation) and an OBE for RCVS Governance Review Group member Prof William Alexander Campbell McKelvey (for services to the agricultural industry).

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