Advancing animal welfare through research

Established through a gift in a Will in 2011, the Chair of Cattle and Sheep Production Medicine has engendered new opportunities for lasting, positive change.

Not only has it enabled critical teaching, research and industry engagement, but the current Chair, Professor Andrew Fisher, has been able to significantly advance animal welfare in Australia.

Professor Andrew Fisher
Professor Andrew Fisher, Chair of Cattle and Sheep Production Medicine, University of Melbourne
The support of [our donors] has created the time and space in a busy university schedule to focus on the activities and goals that have long-term benefits, as well as short-term, more immediate needs.

Professor Fisher was appointed Director of the Animal Welfare Science Centre in 2017. Working with the livestock sector, his research into the cost-benefit of husbandry practices, such as mulesing in sheep and creating benchmarks for beef cattle, ensures Australian husbandry is at world-best standards.

A leader who is shaping the next generation of veterinary professionals, Professor Fisher could never have done this important work without the support of our wonderful donor community.

This story was first published in our 2020 edition of Report to Donors.

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