Professor Julie Fitzpatrick OBE has been awarded the British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) most prestigious scientific award at BVA Members’ Day in York (20 September) for her outstanding contribution to UK and global livestock health and welfare in a career spanning three decades.
The Dalrymple-Champneys Cup and Medal is presented each year to a member of BVA to mark and recognise work of outstanding merit which it is considered will encourage the advancement of veterinary science.
A graduate of the University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine, Professor Fitzpatrick received an early accolade when she was recognised as the McCall Award winner for the most outstanding veterinary student throughout the course. After five years in mixed practice, she established herself as a dedicated veterinary teacher and researcher.
In her 14 years as Scientific Director of the Moredun Research Institute and Chief Executive of the Moredun Group, Professor Fitzpatrick has been extremely successful in her work directing and sourcing funding for research into endemic diseases and disease control tools for the livestock industry. Among many influential roles, she is currently chair of the Animal and Plant Health Agency’s (APHA) Scientific Advisory Panel.
As well as leading vital and innovative research programmes in Scotland and the wider UK, Professor Fitzpatrick has made an outstanding contribution to international development, especially in relation to livestock in developing countries. She set up and led research projects funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and based mainly in Tanzania, and through this became deeply involved with GALVmed, a livestock health partnership funded by DFID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She was recently appointed Chair of the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDs).
BVA’s Dalrymple-Champneys Award adds to the several prestigious awards that Professor Fitzpatrick has already received including Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2007), the Royal Smithfield Club Bicentenary Trophy for contributions to agriculture (2016) and an OBE for services to animal research and medicine (2014).
In response to being awarded the Dalrymple-Champneys Cup and Medal, Professor Fitzpatrick said:
“It is a huge honour to receive the Dalrymple-Champneys Cup and Medal from BVA. I have been very fortunate indeed to have had a challenging and rewarding career in research and development. I have particularly enjoyed the focus on health and welfare of livestock species, an interest initiated during my time as an undergraduate at Glasgow Vet School and subsequently reinforced in my first job in mixed practice.
“I am delighted to accept this award which reflects the innovative and practical research undertaken by my many colleagues at Moredun and with collaborators across the world.”
Awarding the Dalrymple-Champneys Cup and Medal for 2018, BVA President John Fishwick said:
“Professor Fitzpatrick has raised the prestige of the veterinary profession nationally and internationally through her strategic leadership in veterinary science. Her dedication to improving livestock health and welfare through science and education has benefitted veterinary and farming communities across the world. She is an excellent ambassador for veterinary science and research and a most worthy recipient of this award.”