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Award still a shock for animal ethics expert

SURPRISE: Veterinarian Dr Barbara Wellington, pictured with husband John, said she was speechless after learning of her Order of Australia or AM award. Picture: DEAN LAWSON

Being including in this year’s Australia Day honours list came as an unexpected shock to retired Wimmera veterinarian Dr Barbara Joan Maddern-Wellington.

Dr Wellington, who lives at Glenisla Crossing south of Horsham with husband and fellow veterinarian Dr John Wellington, said she was still ‘flabbergasted’.

“You don’t serve on various committees expecting anything to come back to you in recognition. But there is a feeling of satisfaction that you have actually done something worthwhile,” she said.

Dr Wellington received a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia or AM for her lifetime of work dedicated to the physical and ethical care of animals.

The Wellingtons spent many years at Ararat Veterinary Clinic during the 1970s. But Dr Barbara Wellington’s ‘significant service to veterinary science, professional associations, animal welfare and the community’ at state and national level took her influence beyond regional boundaries.

“What I’ve been trying to promote all my life is people taking responsibility for their animals and that they acknowledge their individuality and worth and care for them in that sense,” she said.

Dr Wellington was Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Victoria chief veterinarian from 1985 to 1998 and 1999 to 2002.

She was Australian Veterinary Association, Victoria president in 1993 and 1994, policy councillor for many years and Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia representative in 1995.

She was a member of the Faculty of Veterinary Science Animal Ethics Committee, The University of Melbourne between 2000 and 2013 and has been a member of faculty of Veterinary Science and School of Land and Environment Animal Ethics Committee, since 2013

She was a Faculties of Science and Land and Food Resources Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee member from 2006 to 2008 and on the Faculty of Science Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee from 2003 to 2005.

She has also been on an Animal Experimentation Ethics committee at La Trobe University, Royal Melbourne Hospital; Royal Women’s Hospital, and Monash Medical Centre for many years.

Other recipients

Long-time Horsham district municipal representative and former mayor Bernard Gross, and community volunteers Evan Arnold and Angela Newton also received national recognition.


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