Dr. Wayne Burwash’s contributions to the Alberta equine industry have been recognized by the Horse Industry Association of Alberta with its 2015 Distinguished Service Award.
The Balzac native has been a practising vet for more than four decades, and since 1977 has operated Burwash Equine Services.
He has been a mentor for other veterinarians, a winner of Alberta’s Veterinarian of the Year award, and his practices have been a part of the Distributed Veterinary Learning Community with the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine since its inception.
He is also a founder of the Alberta Quarter Horse Breeders Group, helping to establish quality horse sales locally as well as internationally by marketing Alberta-bred horses to Europe. He has been a leading breeder for the Alberta Horse Improvement Program, breeding champions such as Kilomax, Lopin Foran Invite, and Soo Good. He also has served on the executive and committees with numerous organizations.
“Dr. Wayne Burwash truly fits the definition of what it means to offer distinguished service,” said Jean Kruse, president of the Horse Industry Association of Alberta.
“His contributions to the equine industry past and present have not just been based in Alberta but globally.”