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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!

WCABP / Merck Animal Health Student Case Report / Research Presentation Competition

This is a student competition, taking place at the January 2016 WCABP Conference, to encourage development of scientific inquiry methods and communication abilities. Click here to read information on requirements and how to apply. Application deadline is December 10, 2105.

2015 Metacam® 20 Bovine Welfare Award

New Orleans, Louisiana, September 17, 2015 – The CABV/ACVB executive board and Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. are very pleased to announce the recipient of the 2015 Metacam® 20 Bovine Welfare Award.

"It is our distinct pleasure to announce Dr. Ed Pajor as the recipient of the 2015 Metacam 20 Bovine Welfare Award", says Dr. John Campbell, Secretary-Treasurer of the CABV/ACVB. Read More...

This year's recipient of the Boehringer Ingelheim WCABP Veterinarian of the Year award was Dr. Ian Goodbrand from Provost, AB.

Ian has been involved in the beef industry since his youth, as he was raised on his parent's ranch near Youngstown, Alberta. His interest in cattle continued through his formative years as a student, and through completion of his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Ian graduated from WCVM in 1991 and began working in an RM clinic located in Pierceland, Saskatchewan. After one year of practice experience, Ian chose to return to Alberta and purchase the clinic in Provost. It is here that Ian and his wife Connie set down their roots to build on a thriving mixed animal practice, with a focus on high quality beef production medicine and consultation. While building a practice they also worked with Connie's father to start their cattle ranching and feeding operation. Ian's interest in beef production kept him grounded in the industry such that 'beef as a business' became the focal point of his style of medicine and consultation.

To help detect and control Johne's disease in the province, the Ministry of Agriculture has developed a surveillance and control program for Saskatchewan producers of purebred cattle. The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association is the administrator for this program, which is funded under Growing Forward 2. Please visit for more information and eligibility.

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