Alberta Veterinarian Honoured with Prestigious Professional Award

July 11, 2023

Quebec City, Que. – Dr. Darrell Dalton received the 2023 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) President’s Award for his long and dedicated service to the association and his tireless contributions to the veterinary profession.

Dr. Dalton was born and raised in Calgary where he developed a strong passion for horses. He attended the pre-vet program at the University of Alberta and graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in 1980. Dr. Dalton immediately opened a solo standardbred racetrack practice. In 1986, he moved to Red Deer, Alta. to establish a general equine practice which eventually had a strong emphasis on equine reproduction until its closure.

“Dr. Dalton’s passion for horses and the equine space was a strong implication that he was going to be extremely successful in not only horse medicine, but the veterinary community as a whole,” says Dr. Chris Bell, President of the CVMA.

Dr. Dalton joined the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) Council in 2005 where he became Vice President. He joined the ABVMA staff in 2007 as the Assistant to the Registrar and went onto to become Registrar, a position retained until his retirement in January 2023.

As Registrar, Dr. Dalton was a strong advocate for the CVMA. He negotiated the financial arrangements between the ABVMA and CVMA for Alberta’s organizational membership. Dr. Dalton was closely involved in the establishment of the Canadian Council of Veterinary Registrars and spent two terms as the Chair.  

Dr. Dalton strongly advocated for inclusion of registered veterinary technicians and technologists (RVTs) as full voting members of the ABVMA, which occurred in 2017, and continued to advocate for this on a national level.

“Dr. Dalton has been a strong and consistent presence in the CVMA; his input has helped maintain the important relationship between the ABVMA and the CVMA, including advocating for RVTs. This has been not only to the benefit of animal health and welfare but public health as well,” says Dr. Bell.

Dr. Dalton actively continues to seek ways to serve the veterinary community in Canada.

The CVMA President's Award recognizes an individual member for his/her exceptional contributions and devotion to the association. Recipients are selected by the President and the CVMA Executive Committee.

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Ashley Dupont
Communications Officer
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
613-236-1162 ext. 125