James Barnett significantly increased knowledge of seals, whales and dolphins through his examination of animals found stranded dead on the beaches of Cornwall.
A veterinary pathologist from Cornwall has been presented with the prestigious Zoological Society of London (ZSL) Silver Medal for his outstanding work in the field of wildlife conservation.
James Barnett received the award for his contribution to the public understanding and appreciation of zoology, including such activities as citizen science, education in natural history and promoting participation in wildlife protection.
Dr Barnett has devoted his life to the conservation of marine wildlife, not only through his professional career, but also in a voluntary capacity.
In particular, he has significantly increased knowledge of cetaceans through his examination of animals found stranded dead on the beaches of Cornwall.
A former veterinary investigation officer at the AHVLA in Truro, Dr Barnett said: “I am completely blown away that my friends and colleagues put me forward for this award and particularly that my dear friend, Vic Simpson, who is greatly missed, instigated the application. I will be forever grateful to them all.”