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RSPCA Australia has congratulated its Chief Scientist Dr Bidda Jones on being named one of 100 Women of Influence for her extensive work in improving animal welfare.

The 100 Women of Influence awards celebrate and recognise influential women who are changing Australia.

Dr Jones has also been named a finalist in the Innovation category, recognising her continued work to address the animal welfare problems with the live export trade and to improve the humaneness of pest animal control.

After joining RSPCA Australia in 1997, Dr Jones was appointed Chief Scientist in 2006 and has overseen its science and policy team ever since.

Dr Jones has been a driving force in ensuring the science of animal welfare is accessible to the public through innovative projects such as the online RSPCA Knowledgebase, which now sees over 1.3 million visitors annually.

This acknowledgement is testament to Dr Jones’ ongoing influence and objective to challenge current policy and broaden the Australian public’s understanding of animal welfare issues.

The University of Sydney has also applauded Dr Jones, who is an Honorary Associate of the Faculty of Veterinary Science, for her position amongst Australia’s most influential women.

Media contact: Elise Meakin, 0419 748 907, emeakin@rspca.org.au.

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