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Celebrating The Bob Kerridge Animal Welfare Fellowship

Posted By: Kym Klein - 01 Oct, 2019

Recently, Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport was honoured to host ‘The Bob Kerridge Animal Welfare Fellowship’ in a celebration of the work they do. Two outstanding Fellowship recipients presented their exciting findings.

Massey University marine ecologist, Associate Professor Karen Stockin was awarded the inaugural Bob Kerridge Animal Welfare Fellowship to assist in developing a welfare evaluation process for whale strandings, to understand how public influence can affect management actions and animal welfare outcomes.

This year’s recipient, Massey University Adjunct Senior Lecturer, research affiliate and vet technologist, Hayley Squance, is researching animal welfare in wildfire response. Hayley is recognised as an international expert in animal welfare emergency management and as team leader of Massey University’s Vet Emergency Response Team, she was involved during the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes.  She also assisted with emergency animal response during Thailand’s 2011 floods and has responded to over 25 emergencies in the past two years.  With more extreme weather events occurring and impacting on people and animals living in fire susceptible environments, it is believed that Hayley’s findings will play an important role in mitigating damage to precious wildlife and animals in the event of future natural disasters.

About the Bob Kerridge Animal Welfare Fellowship

The Fellowship was established by Bob Kerridge, a long-time animal advocate and welfarist, and is awarded to projects that seek solutions to animal problems, and aim to create change, ultimately benefitting animals, people and the environment.   An annual endowment of $10,000 is awarded to committed animal welfarists to fully explore their areas of interest.  This may include an existing project or an opportunity to investigate, learn, network or develop leadership skills. 

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The Bob Kerridge Animal Welfare Fellowship gratefully acknowledges the valuable sponsorship of Jet Park Hotels and Pukeko Trust. This valuable sponsorship fulfills the Jet Park Hotel philosophy of contributing to animal causes and the environment.

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