Sophia Hepple

  |  BVSc | MRCVS | DipWEL | DipECAWBM(AWSEL) | PhD | NSch | RCVS Specialist Animal Welfare Science Ethics & Law

Day 2 – 18th September

A vet’s ‘responsibility’ for animal welfare in ensuring their needs are met
12:00 - 13:00

Sophia is currently a veterinary adviser in the Animal Health and Welfare Advice Services team for the Animal and Plant Health Agency. She is responsible for effective implementation of Government policy in the field of animal welfare, both in the UK and at European and International levels. In her present role, she has responsibility for ensuring the delivery of the farm animal welfare inspection programme, reporting obligations for UK farmed welfare in line with internal and external audit requirements, as well as provision of welfare training across Government and with agency delivery partners.

Sophia designed the programme of cross compliance inspections across GB and has run this programme since 2007, continuing to do so for Wales and Scotland. She performed key roles in developing both GB and DAERA implementation of the meat chicken directive and developing the FSA/FSS referrals programme, which has been in place since 2017/18.