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Dr. Oliver Schunicht accepts award from Dr. Tim Nickel (Boehringer Ingelheim)

This year’s recipient of the Boehringer Ingelheim WCABP Veterinarian of the Year award was Dr. Oliver Schunicht from Okotoks, AB.

Dr. Schunicht graduated from the WCVM in 1994 and has spent virtually his entire career practicing bovine production medicine with Feedlot Health Management Services in Okotoks as an associate field veterinarian, researcher and production consultant. In recognition of his expertise, Oliver is often asked to speak at both national and international conferences on topics of bovine health management and production.

Oliver is currently a member of the CABV/ACVB Board of Directors and is a past president of the WCABP.  As well, he has sat on several other committees related to the veterinary profession and is always valued for his insight and vision.

In addition to his work with Feedlot Health Management Services he compliments his veterinary expertise with a solid understanding of beef cattle production, maintaining his own 400 head Angus based cow/calf operation and a 1,000-head feedlot. He is highly respected for his broad understanding of the industry by both colleagues and clients alike.

Oliver is an outstanding example of a veterinarian that has made a difference to the cattle industry in Western Canada and is a very deserving recipient of the WCABP Veterinarian of the Year award.

Congratulations Oliver on being named the 2018 Boehringer Ingelheim / WCABP Veterinarian of the Year!

2017 Metacam® 20 Bovine Welfare Award

Omaha, Nebraska, September 14, 2017 – The Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians (CABV) / Association Canadienne des Veterinaires Bovins (ACVB) in partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. have announced Dr. Joyce Van Donkersgoed as the recipient of the 2017 Metacam® 20 Bovine Welfare more.

Veterinarians without Borders Canada has released some exciting opportunities for Canadians to volunteer overseas, including very dairy-specific postings (particularly Uganda and Kenya). All placement details are found at We welcome Canadian applicants who are interested in following in the footsteps of the volunteers before them and contribute to the impact that VWB/VSF can have in impoverished communities. Becoming a VWB/VSF volunteer is a challenging and fulfilling experience, one that will enlighten anyone who has the courage to embark on such a venture!

 The volunteers selected will be provided with the following:
- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course in Ottawa
- Return airfare to placement country and visa/permit costs
- Required vaccinations, anti-malarial medication and overseas emergency travel health insurance
- Monthly living allowance (MLA), designed to cover simple housing, basic food requirements and other typical monthly living expenses.

Anyone interested can send their resume and a covering letter which clearly indicate the position they are applying for, and how qualifications meet the requirements of this posting. Resume and cover letters can be sent to: Monique Charron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you need more information, please contact the Volunteer Program Manager Kristen Rodrigues at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Katrina Barth accepts the winning award from Dr. Colleen Pollock (Merck Animal Health)

The 2017 Conference marked the ninth 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 2016 graduates were invited to present a beef or dairy case report at the Conference. Presentations were given by: Colin Nicholas, Katrina Barth and Lane Hudson. Following their 10 minute presentation those in attendance were asked to rank the presenters based on topic as well as presentation. The winner, Katrina Barth (WCVM 2017) received $1,500. Thank you to Merck for continuing to sponsor this Competition and to the students for their participation!

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.

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