RVC Lecturer appointed to ministerial board for animal health and welfare
2 February 2012
Dr Jonathan Rushton, a Senior Lecturer at The Royal Veterinary College, has been appointed to the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England (AHWBE).
As a non-executive member of the new body for advising Ministers on animal health and welfare, Dr Rushton will sit alongside senior animal health officials from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Dr Rushton said: "We are at an important stage in thinking about resource allocation to animal health in England, and I look forward to the challenge of advising on where priorities lie and how they can be addressed"
After growing up on the family dairy farm Dr Rushton developed an interest in agricultural economics, specifically the economics of animal health and livestock production. He has extensive international research experience of livestock production and the control of animal diseases in South America, Africa, Nepal and South East Asia.
During the response to the global avian influenza outbreak in 2006 Dr. Rushton worked at the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation and continues to provide advice to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)/FAO/World Bank Working Group on foot-and-mouth disease. He is also a member of the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health.
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- The Royal Veterinary College is the UK's first and largest veterinary school and a constituent College of the University of London. It also provides support for veterinary and related professions through its three referral hospitals, diagnostic services and continuing professional development courses. http://www.rvc.ac.uk
- In the recent Research Assessment Exercise the RVC ranked as England's best school in the Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science unit of assessment, for institutions whose research is exclusively veterinary related, with 55% of its submitted academics viewed as producing 'world class' and 'internationally excellent' research. The College provides support for veterinary and related professions through its three referral hospitals, diagnostic services and continuing professional development courses.
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