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NEWS RELEASE: Canadian Veterinary Pathologists Recognized

November 2, 2020

MADISON, Wisconsin, USA – The American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) recognized two Canadian Veterinary Pathologists at its 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting on November 1, 2020.

Frederick “Ted” Leighton, DVM, PhD, DACVP, FCAHS was named a Distinguished Member of the College. Distinguished Members are ACVP Diplomates who have rendered exceptionally distinguished service to the College or who have contributed in an exemplary manner to veterinary pathology. They are nominated by a group of members and selected by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Dr. Leighton is Professor Emeritus at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan and former Executive Director of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative. He is an internationally respected expert in wildlife disease. His nominator shared that, “working on wildlife health at a time of unprecedented rates of habitat loss, climate change, species extinction, and emerging diseases is not for the faint of heart. Dr. Leighton has embraced these challenges and committed his career to doing his part to mitigate and solve these wicked problems.”

Dr. Leighton earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Doctor of Philosophy in experimental pathology from Cornell University. His many honors include being named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences – one of the highest honors within Canada’s academic community. 

Ian Barker, DVM, MSc, PhD was named an Honorary Member of ACVP. The honor is conferred on persons who have contributed in an extraordinary manner to the advancement of veterinary pathology. They are elected by a majority vote of the Board of Directors and confirmed by a majority vote of College membership following nomination by a group of members.

Dr. Barker is Professor Emeritus, Pathology & Wildlife Diseases, Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, and former Director, Ontario/Nunavut Region, Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre. Dr. Barker is a world-renowned expert in wildlife pathology and co-author of the alimentary system chapter in the 3rd – 5th Editions of Jubb, Kennedy and Palmer’s Pathology of Domestic Animals. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and MSc in veterinary parasitology from the Ontario Veterinary College, and PhD in veterinary parasitology/pathology from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

About ACVP

The American College of Veterinary Pathologists is a professional association of more than 2,000 members residing in seventeen countries. Incorporated in 1949, ACVP is the oldest veterinary specialty organization recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). All ACVP Diplomates have completed a degree in veterinary medicine, at least three years of post-veterinary school training, and have passed the rigorous certifying examination in veterinary anatomic and/or clinical pathology. Many of them specialize further with doctorates in toxicology, molecular biology or other scientific fields. They have diverse roles in academia, diagnostic labs, industry or state or federal government agencies.

Amy Overby
Executive Director
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