28 May 2012
"This is a real demonstration that Australia’s expertise and commitment to improved animal health and welfare is recognised internationally," Senator Ludwig said.
The announcements were made by the OIE at the conclusion of its 80th General Session of the World Assembly in Paris on Friday.
Australia’s delegate to the OIE and Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Mark Schipp, has been elected to the Council of the OIE, and Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) Director of Animal Welfare Policy, Dr Peter Thornber, is now a member of OIE’s Animal Welfare Working Group.
The World Assembly also elected the director of DAFF’s aquatic animals’ program, Dr Ingo Ernst, to the Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission.
"The Australian Government strongly supports OIE activities and initiatives in animal health and welfare," Senator Ludwig said.
"As a member country, Australia contributes to OIE processes to enhance global animal health and animal welfare and to ensure that standards are science based and will facilitate safe trade in animals and animal products.
"The appointment of these Australian experts to provide leadership in animal health and welfare standards is a significant achievement and I congratulate each of them.
"Australia has contributed strongly to the OIE for many years and these newly appointed Australian experts will be able to provide a valuable perspective from the Asia—Oceania region."
The OIE was formed in 1924 and is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health worldwide with 178 member countries.