Alan H. Meek
Professor Emeritus/Emerita (University) | DVM, MSc, PhD, Hon. Fellow
Dr. Alan Meek graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), University of Guelph in 1971. After several years in private veterinary practice in Stratford, Ontario, he returned to OVC where he completed an MSc in epidemiology in 1974. He subsequently completed his PhD in epidemiology at the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 1978. He joined the faculty of OVC in 1978 and progressed up through the ranks to full professor in 1990. Meek held numerous leadership positions at OVC including, Chair Department of Veterinary Microbiology & Immunology and Associate Dean OVC, and from 1994-2004 he was Dean of the OVC. He has published widely in his discipline of epidemiology including a book, several book chapters and numerous scientific and other papers, and has presented many presentations at conferences and other venues. Meek was named to the Provincial Implementation Task Force, which was established in response to the SARS pandemic, which among other things recommended the creation of the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (commonly known as Public Health Ontario). For several years before and after retiring in 2008 (Emeritus Professor), he worked on numerous special projects for the University of Guelph and OVC. As well, he has served on a number boards including the Advisory Board of the Canadian Veterinary Reserve (2006-2010) and the Sheela Basrur Centre (2010-2013), and the Board of Public Health Ontario (2008-2012, Board Vice-Chair 2011-2012) and Lifelearn Inc. (Board Chair 1995-2005). In 2009 Meek became an inaugural inductee into the Orangeville District High School Wall of Fame. In 2011 he was named an Honorary Fellow of the University of Guelph and a Life Member of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. Also in 2011 Meek and The Hon. Patrick J. LeSage conducted a major review of the York Region Branch of the OSPCA. In 2013 he received the OVMA Golden Life Membership Award for ‘serving the veterinary profession in an exemplary manner throughout his veterinary career’.