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Veterinarian Recognized With U of G Honorary Doctorate

Dr. Sheila McGuirk, University of Guelph Honorary Doctorate recipient.A world-renowned clinician and veterinary scientist has been recognized with an honorary doctorate from the University of Guelph.

Dr. Sheila McGuirk, a clinician, teacher, and researcher with the Large Animal Medicine group at the University of Wisconsin, received the honour during a virtual ceremony with U of G president Dr. Charlotte Yates and Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) Dean Dr. Jeff Wichtel...

Among the first academic clinicians to focus on neonatal calf health management as a primary interest, she is also a highly skilled equine clinician and cardiology expert. Throughout her studies, she has ensured that her research results have been translated into clinical practice through new diagnostic approaches and treatment strategies for animal and herd health.

Her career was focused on the integration of individual animal diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative methods, with strategies for herd-based problem solving, protocol development, and management to improve health, welfare and productivity on dairy farms.

“In addition to her superb skills as a veterinarian and researcher, Dr. McGuirk has been an exemplary role model for many,” said Wichtel. “She has brought vision and sincere mentorship to every role, in particular motivating female veterinarians to thrive in the male-dominated field of large animal veterinary medicine.”

McGuirk taught in the large animal medicine group at the University of Wisconsin College of Veterinary Medicine from its inception in 1983 until her retirement in 2016.

Following her undergraduate education at Cornell University, McGuirk completed her veterinary degree at the University of Georgia in 1977, followed by a large animal internship at OVC in 1978. While an intern at OVC, McGuirk received the “Senior Class Teaching Award” for her impact on the education of veterinary students in the Class of 1978.

McGuirk subsequently completed a residency in food animal medicine and surgery at Ohio State University, followed by a Masters in Clinical Sciences and a PhD in Physiology and Pharmacology from Ohio State, as well as Diplomate Certification in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

She has received numerous awards for her accomplishments. Most notably, she was the first woman to receive the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Award of Excellence in 1998, and Mentor of the Year in 2018.

During the virtual ceremony, McGuirk was joined by colleague and U of G alumna Dr. Theresa Ollivett, OVC PhD 2014, who served as the U of G designate to confer the honorary doctorate hood to McGuirk.

Also joining the ceremony at the U of G was University Professor Emeritus Dr. Kenneth Leslie, OVC DVM 1974, who led the Honorary Degree nomination for Dr. McGuirk.

Dr. Sheila McGuirk, U of G Honorary Doctorate presentation