Veterinary awards for Murdoch University

Two of Murdoch University’s most distinguished veterinary science researchers and academics have recently received awards at an Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) ceremony in Brisbane. Emeritus Professors David Hampson and John Edwards were recognised for their outstanding service and distinguished contributions to international veterinary science respectively.

Professor Hampson was awarded the Gilruth Prize for his distinguished career over four decades, which has seen him recognised globally for his contribution to research and science.

During his 31 years at Murdoch University, Professor Hampson taught microbiology to veterinary, animal science and biomedical science students and has conducted research into bacterial diseases of pigs, poultry and human beings. He was Dean of the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences (2011-2012), and then Dean of the new School of Veterinary and Life Sciences (2013-2017).

Professor Edwards was awarded the prestigious Kesteven Medal for his work in developing countries on the control of foot and mouth disease, avian influenza and other emerging diseases. He is also a former Dean of Veterinary Science (2004-2009), a former Chief Veterinary Officer for Western Australia (1993-2001) and is executive director of ‘One Health Solutions’ a company that provides international consultancy services.

Other awards at the event were granted to Emeritus Professor Richard Read, a former Murdoch academic, who received a meritorious service award, while three Murdoch University alumni took out national awards, including lecturer in clinical pathology Dr Sue Beetson. She won the President’s Award and a fellows award, along with doctors David Neck and Warwick Vale, who also won fellows awards.

The Murdoch University School of Veterinary and Life Sciences is one of five Australian and New Zealand veterinary schools currently ranked in the world’s top 50 for the subject area by QS Rankings 2018.

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