Peter Thornber

Dr Thornber has been instrumental in ensuring that Australia plays a pivotal role in animal welfare protection worldwide.

He helped establish the World Animal Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics and developed the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy.

Dr Thornber’s initiatives have greatly assisted the delivery of a standard level of care that animals receive both on a local and a global level.

Dr Thornber graduated from the Queensland Agricultural College, now University of Queensland Gatton, in 1974 with a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Rural Technology.

He completed his Bachelor of Veterinary Science at UQ’s St Lucia campus in 1977.


Gatton Gold Medal


Diploma in Applied Science
Bachelor of Applied Science (Rural Technology)
Bachelor of Veterinary Science