Tue, 2021/08/03 - 8:30am
Faculty and professor emeriti at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) were recognized for their outstanding contributions to veterinary medicine by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA).
Dr. Ameet Singh, professor of small animal surgery in OVC’s Department of Clinical Studies, was recognized with the Small Animal Practitioner Award. Sponsored by Petsecure Pet Health Insurance, the award is presented to a CVMA member whose work in small animal practice, clinical research, or basic sciences has significantly contributed to the advancement of small animal medicine, surgery, or the management of a small animal practice.
Singh graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College and completed his surgical residency at OVC. His clinical and research interests include minimally invasive surgery and surgical site infections. In addition, he is currently the President of the Veterinary Endoscopy Society, is an American College of Veterinary Surgeons Founding Fellow of Minimally Invasive Surgery, has published over 100 journal articles, and taught numerous workshops and surgical courses internationally.
The CVMA presented Dr. Scott Weese, a professor in OVC’s Department of Pathobiology, with the first ever CVMA Outstanding Achievement Award to his integral role in helping communicate pertinent information to veterinary teams during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to hosting 15 of CVMA’s Veterinary Townhall Webinars, Navigating through COVID-19, he has answered countless queries and provided guidance in clinic operations and practical applications.
Weese, OVC DVM 1996, is director of the U of G Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, Chief of Infection Control at the OVC Health Sciences Centre, a member of the Tripartite Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He has an active research program focusing on infectious diseases, particularly those that can be transmitted between animals and people.
The 2021 CVMA President’s Award was presented to Dr. Carlton Gyles, University of Guelph Professor Emeritus in OVC’s Department of Pathobiology. Selected by the CVMA President and Executive Committee, the award recognizes an individual for their exceptional contributions and devotion to the association. Gyles was selected for his long and dedicated service to the veterinary profession.
After graduating from OVC in 1964, he earned his PhD in 1968 and conducted postdoctoral studies in the United Kingdom and Denmark before returning to the OVC as a faculty member in 1969. For the next 36 years, he taught DVM and graduate students, conducted research, and held administrative positions, including department chair, dean of Graduate Studies, and interim dean of OVC. He represented veterinary medicine as a founding Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2005, serving on its board for several years; has assisted the University of the West Indies’ School of Veterinary Medicine in Trinidad since 1990; and was Editor-in-Chief of The Canadian Veterinary Journal from 2008 to 2020.
Dr. Wayne McDonell, University of Guelph Professor Emeritus in OVC’s Department of Clinical Studies, was recognized with CVMA Life Membership. The CVMA 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.
McDonell received his DVM OVC in 1965, and after a year in private practice was hired by the OVC as a junior faculty member to establish anesthesia as a specialization — the first in a Canadian veterinary school. During his academic career at the U of G, he served as the departmental graduate coordinator, as area coordinator for the small animal, and then the large animal clinic, a three-year term as hospital director, and as the College Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs for the final seven years of his career.
After retirement, he helped establish the Canadian international veterinary charity organization, Vets Without Borders - Canada in 2005, serving as board member for years.
Two OVC alumni also were recognized with CVMA Awards.
Dr. Walt Ingwersen received the 2021 CVMA Industry Award. After graduating from OVC in 1982, he returned to complete a small animal internal medicine internship and residency resulting in his post-graduate DVSc and specialist certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Since June 2002, he has been a consultant to the Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Ltd. Vetmedica Companion Animal team, joining them full-time in January 2004.
The Merck Veterinary Award was awarded to Dr. Claire Windeyer. She attended the U of G where she completed her BSc in Animal Biology followed by her DVM degree at OVC. She returned to OVC for a DVSc in Ruminant Health Management, with a focus on bovine respiratory disease in dairy heifer calves. She joined the Department of Production Animal Health at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.
Learn more about the awards on the CVMA website.