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Dr. Rob Tremblay (Boehringer Ingelheim), Dr. Fritz Schumann, Dr. Brittany Wiese (nominator)

This year’s recipient of the Boehringer Ingelheim WCABP Veterinarian of the Year award was Dr. Fritz Schumann from Saskatoon, SK.

Fritz grew up on a farm in the northern part of Namibia, Africa, and from a very early age he
wanted to be a Veterinarian. He had a strong love for animals, and as a boy he helped with the
cattle and even had his very own flock of Chinese chickens!

Fritz graduated from high school in 1976 and after a time in the military, went on to earn his
veterinary degree from the Ondersteport Veterinary Institute, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,
University of Pretoria, graduating in 1986. He obtained 15 distinctions during the 5.5-year
veterinary course. Fritz started his working career as a State Veterinarian in Namibia and
worked in the small community of Otavi for just under a year.

2016 Metacam® 20 Bovine Welfare Award

Charlotte, North Carolina, September 15, 2016 – The executive board of the Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians (CABV) / Association Canadienne des Veterinaires Bovins (ACVB) and Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. have announced Dr. Ken Leslie as the recipient of the 2016 Metacam® 20 Bovine Welfare Award....read more.

WCABP's Bylaws indicate that an Honorary Life Membership may be awarded to an individual who is 65 years of age and has made an Outstanding contribution to either the affairs of the Association or veterinary profession. Members nominate a potential recipient by forwarding a letter which outlines the nominee's achievements and why the person is worthy of an Honorary Life membership. This must then be passed by two-thirds (2/3) majority vote at the AGM.

The 2016 Conference marked the eighth year of WCABP and Merck Animal Health hosting the Student Case Presentation Award. All WCVM and UCVM veterinary undergraduates (from any year in their program) as well as 2015 graduates were invited to present a beef or dairy case report at the Conference. Presentations were given by: Kristy Oatway, Beverly Chard, Anika Mueller, Cordell Young and Becky Tees. Following their 10 minute presentation those in attendance were asked to rank the presenters based on topic as well as presentation. The winner, Becky Tees (UCVM 2018) received $2,000 and runner up Beverly Chard (WCVM 2017) received $500. Thank you to Merck for continuing to sponsor this Competition and to the students for their participation!

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!

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