2016 Boehringer Ingelheim WCABP Veterinarian of the Year

February 29, 2016 Written by WCABP
Dr. Cec Ruschkowski accepts award from Dr. Doug Myers (Boehringer Ingelheim) Dr. Cec Ruschkowski accepts award from Dr. Doug Myers (Boehringer Ingelheim)

This year’s recipient of the Boehringer Ingelheim WCABP Veterinarian of the Year award was Dr. Cecilia (Cec) Ruschkowski from Oyen, AB.

Dr. Cec Ruschkowski accepts award from Dr. Doug Myers (Boehringer Ingelheim)

Dr. Cec Ruschkowski graduated from the WCVM in 1984, purchased Oyen Veterinary Services the same year and has operated this successful business ever since. Cec operated the clinic by herself for the first 9 years and succeeded in raising three wonderful boys while covering a huge area of east central Alberta.

Cec has been known to perform C-Sections while fighting Campylobacter and to preg check all night at the auction market and then work all day at the vet clinic. She was one of the first veterinarians to introduce modified live vaccines into the cow-calf sector. She has diagnosed anthrax and lived through the aftermath of BSE. Cec has been known to preg check on Sundays and still genuinely cares about her clients and their animals. She has remained humble and willing to adapt to new technology (like the ultrasound machines for preg checking). Last fall Oyen Veterinarian Services was presented with the Merial Student Rotation Award from the UCVM. This award is voted on by the students and given to the clinic that has offered the best learning environment in their 4th year rotations.

Cec has served on numerous school and church committees over the years and helps John with their own herd of cattle. She welcomed her first grandchild in January 2015, a grandson. Everyone at Oyen Veterinarian Services think this MIGHT be the factor that will spirit her away from the clinic for a few hours a month. She is an amazing example of what a rural veterinarian should be.

Congratulations Cec on being named the 2016 Boehringer Ingelheim WCABP Veterinarian of the Year!