Professor Laura Green, currently Head of the School of Life Sciences and deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (interdisciplinary research and impact) from September 1st, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s list for her services to the health and welfare of farmed livestock.
Professor Green’s research motivation is to improve the health and welfare of farm animals using excellent science. She has researched into a number of diseases and disorders in sheep, cattle, pigs and hens. Her most notable research has been 17 years studying lameness in sheep with scientists from a wide range of disciplines. She has played a key role in translating research results into practice and the level of lameness in sheep in England has halved over 10 years, saving 1 million sheep per year from becoming lame.
Professor Green said: “I am deeply honoured to receive this award. It has been my life’s ambition to improve the health and welfare of farm animals. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to have worked with so many excellent policy makers, scientists, vets and farmers to produce evidence that has improved the quality of life of farm animals.”
She has served on several national research strategy panels targeted at improving health, welfare and sustainability of farming and food security. Professor Green served on the Farm Animal Welfare Committee for five years, advising government on welfare of farm animals. In 2013 she received the Royal Agricultural Society of England’s research medal for reducing the level of footrot in sheep. In 2017 she was shortlisted for BBSRC innovator of the year for impact in reducing the level of lameness in sheep.
19 June 2017
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