Hugh Wirth Future Leader in Animal Welfare Award

Hugh Wirth Future Leader in Animal Welfare Award

Hugh Wirth Future Leader in Animal Welfare Award

The Hugh Wirth Future Leader in Animal Welfare Award recognises the contribution, achievement and vision of a future leader in the field of animal welfare. The Awardee will present the Hugh Wirth Animal Welfare Oration, an original speech that sets out their vision for improving animal welfare in Australia and providing animals with ‘a life worth living’.

The inaugural recipient of the Hugh Wirth Future Leader in Animal Welfare Award will be an invited guest at the 2016 RSPCA Australia Animal Welfare Seminar, and will deliver the Hugh Wirth Animal Welfare Oration as part of the proceedings. The Awardee and finalists in the competition will also have their written speeches published online.

Please note: Submissions for the Hugh Wirth Future Leader in Animal Welfare Award have now closed. We expect to announce a winner in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for updates!

 

Dr Hugh J Wirth AM


Dr Hugh J Wirth AM was one of Australia's best-known animal welfare advocates.

Dr Wirth became a volunteer for RSPCA Victoria in the mid-1960s, was first elected to the RSPCA Victoria Board in March 1969 and was elected President of RSPCA Victoria in 1972. Dr Wirth held this position for a remarkable 43 years until his retirement in 2015. In his retirement Dr Wirth continued his work in animal welfare and proudly became a Patron of RSPCA Victoria in early 2016. Dr Wirth passed away after a battle with Parkinson’s disease in February 2018.

Dr Wirth was instrumental in the establishment in 1980 of RSPCA Australia, the federation of each of the RSPCA Societies and the development of national policies that guide the RSPCA movement.

Dr Wirth was President of RSPCA Australia for 22 years until 2006, was President of World Animal Protection Australasia and was on the international board of World Animal Protection.

Dr Wirth also had a regular radio show for 34 years on ABC Radio. He was also a much-loved local vet, practising at his surgery in Balwyn, Melbourne for 41 years.