Professor David Pethick has been awarded the Medal of the French Meat Academy for his service to that nation’s meat industry over the past two decades.
The award was presented to Professor Pethick by the Secretary of the French Meat Academy, René Laporte, who made a special appearance at the 64th annual meeting of the European Association of Animal Production (EAAP) in Nantes.
Mr Laporte praised Professor Pethick for his contributions to meat science as evidenced by his publications (including over 2000 citations), his participation at European conferences and his collaborations with French industry.
“Your achievements, standing and entire career are reason enough for the French Meat Academy to present this medal today – honouring a man who has done so much for teaching, research and development in the meat industry,” Mr Laporte said.
“Your qualities as a teacher go far beyond the borders of Murdoch University in Perth where you have trained several generations of Australian and international students in the animal sciences.”
Mr Laporte praised Dr Pethick for his involvement in the development of the Australian classification system Meat Standards Australia (MSA), which looks at factors that determine quality along the supply chain, from farm to consumer.
Professor Pethick said the award was a huge honour.
“Being recognised internationally, especially by an industry body, is very special to me and my Murdoch colleagues, who in fact also deserve to share in this award – research in agriculture must be accompanied by a dedication to translation of outcomes,” Professor Pethick said.
“Moreover the French research and industry sectors are world leaders in the area of beef cattle, which adds great meaning to this award. My collaboration with researchers in INRA, Institut de l’Elevage, the Charolais and Limousine herd books and the French beef processing sector has been deeply rewarding.”
Professor Pethick was one of five Murdoch academics to present at the EAAP conference, including Dr Graham Gardner, who took away Best Oral Presentation in Session for his talk on ‘Carcass and meat quality: from measurement to payment'.
Murdoch Animal Science researchers were also recognised for their work at the International Congress of Meat Science and Technology in Izmir Turkey (ICoMST) in August.
Honor Calnan took home the prestigious IMS Prize for Meat Science and Technology 2013, which included a monetary prize and an invitation to present at the World Meat Congress in Beijing in June 2014.
Fellow PhD candidate Fiona Anderson took home third place for a student oral presentation and was runner up for the IMS Prize.