Hungarian Veterinary Professional Pioneer Honoured with CVMA Life Membership

July 22, 2022

HALIFAX, N.S. – Dr. Éva Nagy. was honoured with Life Membership to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) for her significant contributions to the national veterinary profession and academia.

Dr. Nagy received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine summa cum laude from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Budapest, Hungry, and a PhD and Doctor of Sciences from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She was an Adjunct Professor at the Atlantic Veterinary College and Visiting Scientist at the University of Utrecht. During her tenure, she trained 34 of her own MSc and PhD students and 16 post-doctoral fellows and served on advisory committees for many more candidates.

“Her talents were quickly recognized, and she became a faculty member soon after, rising through the ranks to full professor and now, in retirement, recognized for her contributions to the University [of Guelph] and broader community as Professor Emerita,” raves Dr. Patricia E. Shewen, Professor Emerita, Veterinary Immunology, University of Guelph.

Highly collaborative, Dr. Nagy is a dedicated scientist, with over 175 peer-reviewed publications, largely on avian adenoviruses and at least 15 other animal viruses. She has published nine book chapters and has five patents, mostly on her avian adenovirus vaccine platform.

“Her value as a collaborator, is evidenced by publications with numerous scientists at Guelph, other Canadian institutions, and internationally. Dr. Nagy is also a successful mentor of graduate students and post docs who, following her tutelage, have become accomplished veterinary scientists in their own right with positions of responsibility in universities, government agencies, and industry,” adds Dr. Shewen.

An international speaker, Dr. Nagy has received several distinctions during her career, including as an External Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and later as Honorary Professor at the Hungarian University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest. She won a Pfizer Award for Research Excellence and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the YMCA, Guelph Chapter.

“Dr. Nagy’s volunteer activities include a leading role as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Virology section of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists from 1998 to 2002 and Editor of the Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research (CJVR) from 1999 to the present. This unparalleled duration of editorship reflects her commitment to serving the veterinary profession beyond her university career. She has ensured the CJVR has maintained its reputation as one of the leading veterinary research journals, attracting high quality submissions from authors all over the world,” says Dr. Carlton Gyles, Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph.

“You can see the benign hand of Éva Nagy in maintaining the standard and the solid reputation of the CJVR during her long tenure as Editor. For me, this is an example of a long-term, if somewhat unsung and behind the scenes, dedication to the work of the CVMA and the wide respect with which it is held nationally and internationally,” concludes Dr. John F. Prescott, Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph.

Life Membership is presented to a CVMA member for long and outstanding service on CVMA Council, Executive, Boards and Committees, or for outstanding contributions to the veterinary profession.

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is the national and international voice for Canada’s veterinarians, providing leadership and advocacy for veterinary medicine. Each year, the CVMA proudly recognizes individuals and groups for their outstanding contribution to veterinary medicine. Visit to learn more about the CVMA.

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