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Alberta Veterinarian Honoured with Prestigious Professional Award

July 30, 2020

The CVMA has proudly recognized its members’ exceptional contributions to the veterinary profession and animal health and welfare for over 30 years. This year is no exception despite finding ourselves in an unprecedented situation, collectively. As we were unable to honour this year’s awards recipients in-person at the CVMA Awards Ceremony, held annually during our Convention in July, the CVMA highlighted recipients and their outstanding achievements through our social media channels, eNewsletters, and web news. We invite you to read more about one of our exceptional recipients below.  

The CVMA President's Award, selected by the CVMA President and Executive Committee, recognizes an individual for their exceptional contributions and devotion to the association. This year’s recipient, Dr. Jack Wilson, grew up in Edmonton and attended the University of Alberta – Faculty of Agriculture for two years before being admitted to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. He joined the 17th Avenue Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Calgary, after graduating with distinction in 1972 and became a business partner one year later. Dr. Wilson practiced general small animal medicine and surgery there until 2008 and joined the University of Calgary – Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 as a sessional instructor and then as a Professional Skills senior instructor, teaching clinical communication skills, ethics and jurisprudence, and clinical skills to first-, second-, and third-year veterinary students. He continues to teach as a sessional instructor and has been a career long member of the Calgary Academy of Veterinary medicine, holding all executive positions over time. Dr. Wilson also served on the Western Drug Distribution Centre’s board of directors for six years, acting as president for three years. He served on the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association’s (ABVMA) Small Animal Practice Committee, Discipline and Ethics Committee, Practice Review Board, Practice Inspection and Practice Standards Committee, and ABVMA Council, serving as president in 1985. Dr. Wilson also served on the ABVMA Governance Task Force and has been the parliamentarian at the ABVMA annual general meeting for approximately 25 years. He was the first Alberta representative on the CVMA National Examining Board (NEB) and was appointed NEB chair in 2015. Dr. Wilson has been the CVMA designee to the American National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (now the ICVA), which owns the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam, for the past eight years, serving as the organization’s chair in 2015-2016. He also served on the ICVA Collaboration for Veterinary Assessment Governance committee, chaired the Governance Review subcommittee, and is currently the Academic Veterinary Assessment working group’s co-chair. He served as the CVMA NEB representative on 13 AVMA Council on Education Accreditation site visits to Canadian, American, and international colleges of veterinary medicine over the past 14 years. Dr. Wilson’s current hobbies are teaching and practicing shot gunning clay targets, training spaniel bird dogs, and upland bird hunting. He has been very happily married to Vicki since 1975.