East Arnhem Shire Council veterinarian, Dr Emma Kennedy has been recognised for her dedication to animal welfare by being awarded a prestigious IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) Action Award.
Dr Kennedy who works as the East Arnhem Shire Council Vet & Animal Control Manager, improving animal health and promoting improved animal welfare awareness across Eastern Arnhem Land, was presented with her award by IFAW Regional Director Isabel McCrea at the annual awards ceremony at Customs House in Sydney on Wednesday 21 November 2012.
“Emma Kennedy is one of those fabulous people who not only has made a career out of her passion, but on a daily basis goes above and beyond the job description to improve the health and welfare of animals.”
“We have heard that she has single-handedly improved the overall health and welfare of many dogs on the remote Top End communities that previously had little or no regular contact with veterinary services. As well as delivering outstanding animal care services, Emma also plays a key role in employing local indigenous people in animal management roles, while helping to raise awareness of animal welfare throughout the communities.” Ms McCrea said.
Emma Kennedy is one of ten animal heroes across Australia to receive an IFAW accolade, which recognises people who have made outstanding contributions to animal welfare. Other winners included Bob Irwin, recognised by the IFAW with a Lifetime Dedication Award.