Alberta Veterinary Medical Association Presents Awards

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Dr. Bob Ruckman was been appointed president of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) at the annual general meeting in Calgary Mar. 1.

The ABVMA also presented its annual service awards, including one to Alberta Farmer “Beef 911” columnist Roy Lewis.

Dr. Ruckman graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1988 followed by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in

1992. He received his Certification in Animal Chiropractic from the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 2008, and is currently enrolled as a student at the Vluggen Institute for Equine Osteopathy and Education in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Ruckman has practised at various locations across southern Alberta including Pincher Creek, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. He currently owns and operates Ruckman Veterinary Services Ltd. in Pincher Creek, which is a large animal ambulatory service with an equine dentistry interest.

At the ABVMA Annual Member Recognition Banquet, Dr. Jim Lawrence received this year’s Veterinarian of the Year Award for outstanding contributions in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Lloyd Keddie received Meritorious Service Award, presented to a member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the association.

Dr. Melodie Chan of Veterinary Dairy Health Services Ltd. in Olds is the recipient of the ABVMA’s Young Veterinarian of the Year Award for a member who has shown enthusiasm for veterinary medicine and demonstrated leadership in the profession and the association.

Dr. Roy Lewis received this year’s Communications Award in recognition of his efforts to enhance the public image of the veterinary profession in Alberta.

Two Honorary Life Membership Awards were presented this year. Dr. Gerald Ollis and Dr. Charles Rhodes were both honoured by the Association for their service to the veterinary community in Alberta. Dr. Ollis was the former chief provincial veterinarian up to his recent retirement. Dr. Charles Rhodes is the dean of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan. He will retire from that post this June.

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