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News Release: Alberta Veterinarian Awarded for Improving the Welfare of Patients through Better Anesthesia and Pain Management

July 6, 2018

Vancouver, B.C. – Dr. Matt Read of Calgary was honoured with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Small Animal Practitioner Award in recognition of his passion and enthusiasm for improving the provision of anesthesia and pain management in veterinary medicine. 

“Dr. Read is a pioneer as a private practice anesthesiologist. He brought anesthesia education to the masses oneDr. Matt Read team at a time,” says Dr. Les McCurdy, veterinarian and owner of the Harvest Hills Veterinary Clinic in Calgary, Alta. “His ability to enrich our careers through education has greatly improved the welfare of tens of thousands of patients through the advancement of anesthesia and pain management.”

Dr. Read graduated with distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 and went on to complete a residency in veterinary anesthesiology and a Master's of Veterinary Science in wildlife anesthesia at WCVM. He became board certified with the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2002. Following his residency, he taught at the University of Georgia for two years before returning to Canada and developing and supervising the anesthesia services in two referral practices in Toronto and Calgary between 2003 and 2010.

In 2010, Dr. Read joined the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine where he has been teaching and continuing to practice clinical anesthesia in Calgary and around southern Alberta. He has delivered over 100 lectures and workshops in Canada and internationally and is currently preparing the second edition of a text book, Small Animal Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia.

Later this summer, he will move to Columbus, Ohio where he will join MedVet, splitting his time between supervising the anesthesia service in Columbus and providing anesthesia and educational outreach to community veterinarians and MedVet’s other referral centres across the United States.

“His knowledge, compassion, and humility are inspiring and aspiring for myself and others,” adds Dr. McCurdy.

CVMA’s Small Animal Practitioner Award, sponsored by Petsecure Pet Health Insurance, is presented to a CVMA member whose work in small animal practice, clinical research or basic sciences is judged to have contributed significantly to the advancement of small animal medicine, surgery, or the management of a small animal practice.

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Tanya Frye, Manager, Communications and Public Relations
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
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