New awards made at NOAH Dinner

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Three special awards were made at the NOAH Annual Dinner in London on 1 November, including the first canine recipient of the NOAH Special Award.

John Hanley has been made an Honorary Member of NOAH
. John, latterly with Zoetis, retired from the animal health industry earlier this year. A former NOAH Chair, John has had a long career dedicated to the animal health industry, and has been a very active supporter of NOAH . He has shown great commitment to animal health and NOAH service, as Chairman, Code of Practice Committee and Board Member and ‘all-round wise owl’.

His award was accepted by his former colleague, Edward Ferguson, Director of Regulatory and Public Affairs at Zoetis.

The NOAH Award for contribution to Animal Health was presented to Professor Peter Silley of MB Scientific and formerly Don Whitely Scientific.

Peter has been a part of veterinary microbiology for his entire career. He was at the heart of the emerging, VICH guidelines and specifically on microbiological guidance.

With a globally renowned reputation for excellence in the field of microbiology Peter always proposed a balanced argument in the face of more extreme positions. With a strong sense of what is right,hehas worked and provided the industry – companies large and small, and NOAH itself – with much valuable technical expert information.

His support for animal health has been exemplary whilst maintaining his impeccable credentials and globally-recognised expertise.

For the first time NOAH has given a special award to an animal that has made a huge contribution to society. This award went to Murphy, a cocker spaniel and retired fire dog, and was accepted by his handler, former London fire fighter Mick Boyle.

Murphy’s heroics came to NOAH’s notice with the terrible events of Grenfell Tower when his picture appeared in the press after being involved with the fire team. In partnership with his handler Mick Boyle’s other dog Roscoe, between them the dogs attended over 2000 incidents assisting the Fire Investigations Team, for example by sniffing out ignitable materials, making a great difference to us all.

Murphy is still only 5, but has retired along with Mick – and is already learning to enjoy his retirement. He is a quick learner: he became operational after only 3 weeks of training with Mick, who had learned from training Roscoe. Murphy, and others like him, are all about keeping us safe, and NOAH appreciates their work.


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