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Two of the instigators of GALVmed, Professor Julie Fitzpatrick and Dr Christie Peacock have been honoured in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

The Scientific Director of the Moredun Research Institute & Chief Executive of the Moredun Foundation, Professor Fitzpatrick is to receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Animal Health and Science.

Julie was one of the Founders of GALVmed and in 2013, completed her tenure as a GALVmed Board Director, during which she was Vice-Chair of the Board.  Julie continues to be a greatly valued, expert supporter of GALVmed.

Julie commented:

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.

Click here to view biography of  Professor Julie Fitzpatrick

The Founder and Chair of Sidai Africa Ltd, and former CEO of Farm Africa, Dr Christie Peacock is to receive the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Agricultural Development in Africa.

Christie was one of the pioneers of GALVmed, forging links with Farm Africa whom she represented on GALVmed’s Board.  Today Christie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to GALVmed as an External Member in her own right.

Christie commented:

I am highly honoured by this award that also honours my former and current colleagues in Farm Africa and Sidai.  I hope that in some way we have all made the world a better place and that I have made a contribution to developing my profession.  I also hope that the award recognises the vital role that agricultural development plays in Africa.

Click here to view biography of Dr Christie Peacock

 GALVmed’s Chairman, Professor Peter Wells remarked:

I cannot think of two more deserving people in their respective fields than Christie and Julie to receive these royal honours.  Both are outstanding professionals and, as everyone who knows them is aware, are incredibly committed, hard-working and effective practitioners.  They were instrumental in GALVmed’s inception and have helped to shape the organisation with considered judgment rooted in decades of experience in animal health and international development.  

Liked and respected across GALVmed, as they are within the veterinary profession, farming, international development, in Africa and the UK, there is genuine pleasure felt at Julie and Christie’s great contributions having been recognised in this way.  We offer them our hearty congratulations.