Memorial - David Bayvel, 1945-2015

It is with great sorrow that the WVA advises that David Bayvel passed away on 6th April 2015 at age 70 in Waikanae, New Zealand.

Memorial - David Bayvel, 1945-2015 David giving a speech at the Global Veterinary Seminar on Animal Welfare during the World Veterinary Congress in Prague in 2013 download doc

David was a colleague, friend, and mentor to many people, particularly those involved in the field of animal welfare. He had a long and distinguished career in veterinary science, and has been a champion of forwarding animal welfare science and policy.

David’s extensive professional career, from traditional practice to working at government level, equipped him with an unparalleled knowledge of the veterinary profession and its unique position in relation to animal welfare.  He could see clearly the opportunity the profession has to improve animal welfare in many situations, ranging from the international to regional, national and community levels.  He believed that the profession can, and should, have the leadership role as advocates for animals in society, underpinned by their professional knowledge, integrity and compassion. 

David was a recognised authority at world conferences, professions and forums including, for example, his role with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). His enormous contribution to the OIE and animal welfare was recognised in 2010 when he received an OIE Meritorious Award. Since 2012, David continued his contributions to animal welfare internationally as the Chief Veterinary Officer for the World Animal Protection. His achievements internationally were a real game changer in the world of animal welfare and he will be greatly missed.

With David’s great contributions, the WVA and World Animal Protection signed in 2013 a Memorandum of Understanding to working together in order to promote animal welfare globally via agreed specific goals and actions.

David leaves a huge void and he will be truly missed by his family and his many colleagues and friends around the world.

WVA’s thoughts are with David’s family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.

In attachment: David Bayvel Achievement in Global Veterinary Engagement