Author and TV personality wins Animal Welfare Science Award
Animal welfare expert Dr John Bradshaw has been honoured with an Animal Welfare Science Award by the RSPCA.
The renowned scientist has spent much of his career studying the behaviour of dogs and cats and is passionate about sharing this information with pet owners. He has written several books, including the bestseller ‘In Defence of Dogs’, and has appeared in television documentaries ‘The Secret Life of the Cat‘ and ‘Cat Watch 2014‘.
Dr Bradshaw received the award at the RSPCA Honours in London, hosted by Alastair Stewart OBE. The awards recognise and honour those who help to make the lives of animals better; through kindness, courage, determination and innovation.
RSPCA chief scientific officer Dr Julia Wrathall said: “This Honour is hugely well deserved by John. His work has been invaluable to the RSPCA, helping to inform our own understanding of and approach to various areas of animal welfare.
“John’s work now focuses on the extremely important task of making animal welfare science accessible to pet owners.
“This is greatly welcomed by the RSPCA as we believe that in order to care for animals properly it is vital to have an evidence-based understanding of their biology and behaviour. He is very inspirational and a true advocate for animals”.
Dr Bradshaw said: “I am delighted that this award recognises the importance of companion animal welfare science, which for many years was eclipsed by studies of other types of animal. It goes without saying that owners have their pets’ best interests at heart, but science, and communication of that science, have a crucial part to play in explaining how their animals feel, and thus how best to care for them.”