2017 Boehringer Ingelheim WCABP Veterinarian of the Year

January 31, 2017 Written by WCABP
Dr. Rob Tremblay (Boehringer Ingelheim), Dr. Fritz Schumann, Dr. Brittany Wiese (nominator) Dr. Rob Tremblay (Boehringer Ingelheim), Dr. Fritz Schumann, Dr. Brittany Wiese (nominator)

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.

His desire for adventure and love for geography led him to apply for post Graduate Studies at
the University of Saskatchewan, where he spent the next 3 years earning a Master’s Degree
through the Department of Herd Medicine and Theriogenology. During his time as a graduate
student Fritz received an outstanding achievement award and was presented The Hope Haanen
Memorial Scholarship in Dairy Science twice. In 1990, Fritz graduated with his MVSC and
became an Accredited Veterinarian in Saskatchewan. Since then he has practiced as a Clinical
Associate with the VMC Field Service department, where his enthusiasm for veterinary
medicine and teaching can be seen every day. His skills as both clinician and instructor are
apparent, not only by the fact that he has won the Award of Excellence in Clinical teaching 5
times (1998, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2016), but by the fact that every student who has been lucky
enough to ride along with him has gleaned many valuable lessons both veterinary related or
otherwise, that they carry with them long after graduation. In fact, if you have had the privilege
to go out on a field service call with him he has most likely pointed out that:

- You really should watch more sunrises and sunsets!
- The deans number is 306-966-7448
- If you hear hoof beats its most likely horses and not Zebras.
- It’s most probably going to die anyhow.
- The weather is never too cold to do a post mortem.

Fritz is a humble, humorful, and unique individual who is absolutely dedicated to his profession
and loves teaching vet students. He keeps in touch with many student’s post- graduation, and is
always available on his new cell phone for any student or graduate (new or old) who needs
advice about life and/or bovine cases.

Outside of veterinary medicine, he is a dedicated father of two handsome, well accomplished
young men, and spends much of his spare time volunteering for the Speed Skating Club of
Saskatoon and various other organizations. He has been married to his wonderful wife, Andrea,
for 30 years, and together they enjoy many activities such as mountain biking and cross-country
skiing.

You do not have to travel very far to find a bovine vet who has been taught and mentored by
Fritz Schumann. His musings and lessons in veterinary medicine are a common thread linking
vets of all ages, in veterinary practices across Canada. As such, the impact he has made on
bovine practice in Western Canada is unquestionable and overwhelming, as is his eligibility for
the WCABP Bovine Practitioner of the year!

Congratulations Fritz on being named the 2017 Boehringer Ingelheim WCABP Veterinarian of the Year!