Dr Bidda Jones AM has announced that she will be stepping down from her roleas RSPCA Australia’s Chief Scientist and Strategy Officer at the end of theyear.

Dr Jones has enjoyed a 25-year career with the RSPCA in Australia, includingrecently being appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for herservices to animal welfare science and advocacy.

Richard Mussell, CEO, RSPCA Australia, said Dr Jones has been intrinsic to theestablishment and growth of the national office of the RSPCA in Australia.

“Dr Jones’s leadership and contribution to both the RSPCA and to animalwelfare more broadly – both in Australia and globally – is difficult tooverstate,” he said.

“Our supporters and stakeholders will be particularly aware of the impact ofher work to improve the treatment of and conditions for animals in the areasof live animal exports, layer hen welfare and the use of battery cages, wildanimals (including introduced species), and racehorses.

“In addition, in my time with the RSPCA, I have personally valued andappreciated the knowledge and expertise that Bidda has shared with me sopatiently and generously.

“We are all very grateful to Bidda for her contribution to the RSPCA, she willbe immensely missed, and we wish her the very best in her future endeavours.”

Dr Jones will remain involved in the world of animal welfare and is lookingforward to developing new opportunities to continue her work to help improvethe lives of Australian animals, including through providing policy andadvocacy services to the broader animal welfare sector.

The recruitment process to appoint a new Chief Science Officer is nowunderway.

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