Achievements recognised in the New Year Honours

04 Jan 2020

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Veterinary adviser to the Scottish Government Martyn Blissitt was among those recognised in the 2020 New Year Honours list.

Blissitt, who was awarded an OBE for his services to animal health, was appointed as veterinary adviser to the Scottish Government in 1997, having previously worked as a veterinary officer in Taunton, Ayr and Edinburgh.

During his career as a government vet, Blissitt has been involved in several high-profile initiatives, including the control of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in South West England and Scotland during the 1990s, and foot-and-mouth disease eradication in 2001. He was also central to Scotland’s application for Officially Bovine Tuberculosis Free status, which was granted in 2009.

Claire Horton, chief executive of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, was recognised with a CBE for her services to animal welfare. Horton has led Battersea since 2010 and has transformed the charity – securing year-on-year growth, increasing its income, profile...