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Québec Veterinarian Awarded for his Contribution to the Advancement of Poultry Medicine

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 Industry Award was instituted in 1996 to acknowledge and celebrate industry’s role in veterinary medicine and recognize a CVMA member for their contributions to the advancement of veterinary medicine. This year’s recipient, Dr. Daniel Venne, is happily married to a small animal veterinarian and is the father of three children. He is the son of a poultry veterinarian from a high-density poultry producing area in Québec and a teacher from Prince Edward Island. Dr. Venne worked summer jobs in many areas of poultry production, from washing barns to slaughter plant work, before becoming a veterinary student. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 and a Master’s of Science in Pathology and Microbiology in 1993 from the University of Montréal. Dr. Venne is licenced to practice in Québec and New Brunswick, is a Diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians and is actively involved in several veterinary organizations. This  includes several years served on the executive board of l'Association des vétérinaires en industrie animale du Québec, as a member of the professional inspection and drug committees of the L'Ordre des médecins vétérinaires du Québec, and he currently serves as co-director of the Canadian Association of Poultry Veterinarians. He was the director of veterinary services for Scott Hatchery in Quebec, science vice-president for Selected Bioproducts, and veterinarian for Shur-Gain Inc. Dr. Venne has made almost 100 presentations to poultry growers across Canada over the past 29 years and has lectured at many scientific meetings in Canada, the USA, Australia, and Europe and at applied veterinary workshops in Latin America, Africa, and Europe. He is co-editor of the most widely distributed illustrated poultry pathology manual, his seminal work on poultry biochemistry is widely recognized, and he has lectured at the University of Georgia since 2018 as part of the highly reputable Master of Avian Medicine programme and is also an international consultant on the application of biochemistry in commercial poultry production. Dr. Venne’s consultant work includes advising companies such as Zoetis. His interests are the judicious use of antibiotics, maximizing profitability through lesion scoring and biochemical profiling and nutrition, maximizing reproductive performance, the use of thermography in assessing brooding management, immunity, and vaccinations.