Published: 24 Jun 2016 | Last Updated: 24 Jun 2016 15:15:51

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is pleased to announce that the late Professor Christopher Wathes OBE, previous head of the RVC's Centre of Animal Welfare, who sadly died on May 6th of this year, yesterday received posthumously the UFAW Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Welfare Science. This is a prize awarded to recognise the exceptional achievements of an individual scientist who has made fundamental contributions to the advancement of animal welfare over a number of years. 

Professor Jonathan Elliott, Vice-Principal Research and Innovation, commented ‘Professor Wathes made many important contributions to his scientific field through research and the UFAW Medal is fitting recognition of Christopher's professional life throughout which he stove to generate new knowledge which could be used to improve the welfare of animals'

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Notes to Editors The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is the UK's largest and longest established independent veterinary school and is a constituent College of the University of London. The RVC offers undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD programmes in veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing and biological sciences, being ranked in the top 10 universities nationally for biosciences degrees.  It is currently the only veterinary school in the world to hold full accreditation from AVMA, EAEVE, RCVS and AVBC. A research-led institution, in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) the RVC maintained its position as the top HEFCE funded veterinary focused research institution. The College also provides animal owners and the veterinary profession with access to expert veterinary care and advice through its teaching hospitals; the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital in central London, the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (Europe's largest small animal referral centre), the Equine Referral Hospital, and the Farm Animal Clinical Centre located at the Hertfordshire campus. http://www.rvc.ac.uk

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