Anne-Marie Neeteson, global vice president of welfare, sustainability & compliance for Aviagen Group, has been honoured with the British Poultry Council (BPC) Special Merit Award. The award recognises Neeteson’s work in representing the industry on a global level to promote the causes of animal welfare and sustainable development. The BPC said she has been “invaluable in progressing the science around these issues and helping the industry take a leadership role in addressing them.”
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the formal award presentation was postponed, but the BPC said it hoped to hold the event this year
“Anne-Marie is passionate about protecting the welfare of birds and advancing sustainability for the benefit of the planet, as well as our customers and the communities they serve,” said Alfons Koerhuis, chief technical officer, Aviagen Group.
In 2019, Neeteson led the International Poultry Council (IPC) working group that adopted five of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as areas where the global poultry meat sector can make a difference. And again this year, as an active and longstanding member of the IPC and proponent of animal welfare, she was appointed as chair to an IPC working group on Animal Health and Welfare, Communication and Food Quality.
She has served as Vice President of Welfare, Sustainability and Compliance for Aviagen Group since May 2015, where she is responsible for poultry welfare and sustainability, and has created a global welfare audit system for chickens and turkeys.