2022 Brian MacNaughton Memorial Award

October 31, 2022 Written by WCABP

Dr. Émile Bouchard Receives the Brian MacNaughton Memorial Award

 Emile Bouchard recipient

Dr. Robert Tremblay (CABV/ACVB President), Dr. Émile Bouchard (recipient), Dr. Jérôme Carrier (Elanco Canada Ltd)

Elanco Canada honours Dr. Émile Bouchard with the third Brian MacNaughton Memorial Award, recognizing his outstanding contributions to bovine veterinary medicine in Canada.

“We are pleased to recognize Dr. Bouchard for his contributions to the field of bovine veterinary medicine”, said Michelle McCotter, General Manager of Elanco Canada. “Dr. Bouchard is renowned for his leadership and implication in the veterinary profession and truly embodies the spirit and purpose of the Dr. Brian MacNaughton Memorial Award.”

Born into a famous hockey playing family, Dr. Bouchard graduated in 1981 from the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire (FMV) of the Université de Montréal. After his internship, he started working at the FMV Ambulatory Clinic in 1982. Realizing the importance of modernizing dairy herd health management at the Ambulatory Clinic and in the province, Emile obtained a leave of absence in 1984 to pursue a population medicine residency program and an MPVM degree at the University of California, Davis.

Upon his return in 1988, in addition to his teaching and field service roles at FMV, Emile led, along with his colleagues Drs. Michel Bigras-Poulin and Denis Du Tremblay, the large R&D endeavour called Projet ASTLQ (Improvement of Dairy Herd Health in Quebec), which resulted in 1993 with the development of the dairy herd health software DSA, now used by the majority of dairy veterinarians in Quebec. He also developed the Dairy Population Medicine Residency Program at FMV in 1991 and contributed to the launch of the Canadian Bovine Mastitis Research Network, headquartered at FMV, in 2001.

Finally, in addition to his involvement with Quebec practitioners, Emile represented Canadian veterinarians as the director of District 12 of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners from 1995 to 2001 and was instrumental in making the 1997 Annual AABP conference in Montreal a great success. Emile also acted as a Canadian representative to the World Association for Buiatrics (WAB) since 1998 and was the President of the organizing committee for the 2004 World Buiatrics Congress in Quebec City. He was most recently President of the WAB, with his 2018 term ending at the Madrid World Buiatrics Congress in September 2022.

Dr. Luc DesCôteaux, Professor and colleague from FMV, nominated Dr. Bouchard for the Brian MacNaughton Memorial Award. This award is named in memory of Dr. Brian MacNaughton, an outstanding bovine veterinarian from Ontario who had the vision of a national bovine veterinary organization that would represent the interests of bovine veterinarians in matters of national scope. Dr. MacNaughton passed away in September 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. Presented biennially, Elanco Canada is proud to sponsor this award to recognize and commemorate Dr. MacNaughton’s vision, his spirit, and his passion.


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