Australia Day

26 January 2015

276 days to go

Dr Hugh J Wirth AM

Veterinary Professional Appointments

  • Member, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons since 2004
  • Honorary Secretary, Australian Veterinary Association, 1978-1981
  • Convener, Standing Committee on Animal Welfare, Australian Veterinary Association, 1972-1978
  • President, Victorian Division, Australian Veterinary Association, 1974
  • Member, Victorian Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board, 1972-1981
  • President, Melbourne Metropolitan Veterinary Practitioners Association, 1969
  • Academic Associate, (now Senior Fellow), in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, The University of Melbourne 1967- 2006
  • Member, Veterinary Panel, The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria since 1965; Chairman since 1995
  • Member, Melbourne Metropolitan Veterinary Practitioners Association 1965 -2007
  • Member, Australian Veterinary Association since 1964.  Life Member since 2006

 RSPCA and Related Appointments (Honorary)

  • Senior Vice-President ( Immediate Past President) WSPA 2006 – 2008
  • President, World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) 2004 – 2006
  • Junior Vice-President (President-elect), WSPA 2002-2004
  • Secretary, WSPA 2000-2004
  • Board Trustee WSPA since 1993
  • President, RSPCA Australia 1980-1983 and 1988-2006
  • Immediate Past President RSPCA Australia since 2006
  • National Board Director, RSPCA Australia since 1980
  • President, RSPCA (Victoria) since 1972
  • Director, RSPCA (Victoria) Board since 1969

 Animal Welfare Appointments

  •  Member, Australian Pork CRC Board since 2011
  • Member, Advisory Panel, Marjan Centre for the study of Conflict and Conservation, King’s College, London since 2010
  •  Member, Australian Animal Welfare Strategy Advisory Committee to the Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry since 2005
  • Member, Live Export Standards Advisory Committee to the Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 2004 – 2009
  • Member, Advisory Committee to the Professor of Animal Welfare, The University of Queensland, since 2003 – 2009
  • Member, Independent Reference Group on Live Animal Exports to the Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 1999 -2003
  • Member, National Consultative Committee on Animal Welfare to the Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 1989 – 2011
  • Member, National Advisory Committee on Kangaroos to the Australian Minister for the Environment 1985-1995
  • Member, Victorian Intensive Dairy Review Committee, 1983
  • Member, Victorian Animal Welfare Advisory Committee to the Minister for Primary Industries since 1980
  • Member, Livestock Advisory Committee to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, 1970 – 2005.

  Other Appointments

  • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2010 
  • Knight of Honour, The Order of St John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller – 1999. Knight of Grace 2004
  • Australia Day Ambassador, since 1997.  Life Ambassador since 2005.
  • Broadcaster on Animal Welfare Issues 1278 Radio Melbourne 1972-1978 and 774 ABC Melbourne Australian Broadcasting Corporation, since 1981
  • Vice-President (College) The University of Queensland Students Union, 1963
  • President, St Leo’s University College Students Club, 1963 

 Awards

  •  McDermott Award for a significant contribution to the welfare of animals through the WSPA, 2010 
  • Xaverian Award for community service and sustained commitment to the ideals of St. Ignatius Loyola,  Xavier College, 2009
  • Assisi  Award for Outstanding Service to Animals, the New Zealand Companion Animal Council 2007
  • Vocational Excellence Award, the Rotary Club of North Balwyn, 2007
  • Certificate  of Appreciation for service to the Australian Veterinary profession as an animal welfare advocate 2007
  • Awarded Centenary of Federation Medal for work with RSPCA Australia, 2003
  • Admitted to the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc) honoris causa The University of Melbourne, 2001
  • Honorary Life Membership, The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, 1999
  • Massachusetts SPCA (USA) George T Angell Humanitarian Award, 1998
  • President’s Medal, The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, 1998
  • Victoria Day Award for Community and Public Service, 1997
  • RSPCA Australia Outstanding Service Award, 1994
  • Honorary Life Membership. RSPCA (Victoria), 1992
  • Advance Australia Award, 1988
  • Appointed Member, The Order of Australia, 1985
  • Elected Fellow, Australian Veterinary Association, 1979