Fri, 2018/07/06 - 12:02pm
Ontario Veterinary College professor Carlton Gyles is being honoured with a Life Membership to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) for his significant contributions to the CVMA and veterinary profession worldwide.
“We are pleased to honour Dr. Carlton Gyles with a Life Membership to the CVMA,” says Dr. Troye McPherson, 2017-18 CVMA President. “We will forever be grateful for his selfless dedication to our association and for his example of professionalism and sincerity to the veterinarians and veterinary students around him.”
Dr. Gyles graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in 1964 and after completing his PhD from the University of Guelph in 1968, he received a Medical Research Council post-doctoral fellowship to conduct research in England and Denmark. In 1969 he returned to the OVC as a faculty member and taught bacteriology to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and graduate students, supervised MSc and PhD students, and conducted research. Much of his research focused on how the bacterium E. coli causes disease in animals and, working with Dr. Don Barnum, he discovered the E. coli heat labile enterotoxin and its role in diarrheal disease.
He was Dean of Graduate Studies from 1981 to 1986, Chair of the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology from 1992 to 1996, Chair of the Department of Pathobiology from 1996 to 1997, and Interim Dean of the OVC from 2004 to 2005. He is the recipient of several awards from the OVC and the microbiology community in Canada and the United States. In 2006, he was a founding member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He has been a CVMA member since graduation in 1964 and Editor-in-Chief of The Canadian Veterinary Journal for the past 10 years.
“Dr. Carlton Gyles is the embodiment of a scholar and a gentleman,” says Dr. Alan Meek, veterinarian and professor emeritus at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. “Many have modelled their careers on his. Humility is one of his many characteristics as is his natural instinct to be positive and supportive. He has a strong sense of service to his chosen profession. Few have earned the respect of so many colleagues and others both within Canada and internationally.”
Life Membership is presented to a CVMA member for long and outstanding service on CVMA Council, Executive, Boards and Committees, or for outstanding contributions to the veterinary profession. The CVMA is the national and international voice for Canada’s veterinarians, providing leadership and advocacy for veterinary medicine.