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Dr. Brian MacNaughton Memorial Award Presented to Dr. Frank Schenkels

  • September 25, 2020

Dr. Frank Schenkels Receives the 2020 Dr. Brian MacNaughton Memorial Award

Elanco Canada honours Dr. Frank Schenkels with the second Brian MacNaughton Memorial Award, recognizing his outstanding contributions to bovine veterinary medicine in Canada.

“We are pleased to recognize Dr. Schenkels for his contributions to the field of bovine veterinary medicine”, said Michelle McCotter, General Manager of Elanco Canada. “Dr. Schenkels is renowned for his enthusiasm and implication in the veterinary profession and the dairy industry as a whole, and truly embodies the spirit and purpose of the Dr. Brian MacNaughton Memorial Award.”

Raised on a dairy farm near Miramichi, New Brunswick, Dr. Schenkels graduated at the Ontario Veterinary College in 1986. Since 1987, he has been an owner and manager of Fundy Veterinarians Ltd, a progressive, two-clinic, 10-veterinarian mixed practice with a focus on dairy production medicine and farm management located in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia.

Dr. Schenkels was instrumental in the formation of the Atlantic Bovine Practitioner Association in 2000, and has been involved in the organization ever since. He also serves on the Advisory Board for both Maritime Quality Milk and the Atlantic Johne’s Disease Initiative. He has also been involved in education for future local dairy producers and veterinarians, both at the Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture since 2011, and at the Atlantic Veterinary College in the past. Nationally, Dr. Schenkels was a Board member of the Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians from 2011 to 2016, and served as its President in 2013-2014. He has also been a member of the Technical Committee for Canadian Quality Milk/ProAction since 2011.

Finally, Frank was awarded the top honor of Bovine Practitioner of the Year from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners in 2016.

Dr. Henry Ceelen, from Kemptville, Ontario, nominated Dr. Schenkels for the Brian MacNaughton Memorial Award. This award is named in memory of Dr. Brian MacNaughton, an outstanding bovine veterinarian from Ontario who had the vision of a national bovine veterinary organization that would represent the interests of bovine veterinarians in matters of a national scope. Dr. MacNaughton passed away in September of 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. Presented biennially, Elanco Canada is proud to sponsor this award to recognize and commemorate Dr. MacNaughton’s vision, his spirit, and his passion.

This award is named in memory of Dr. Brian MacNaughton, an outstanding bovine veterinarian from Ontario, who had the vision of a national bovine veterinary organization that would represent the interests of bovine veterinarians in matters of a national scope.  Dr. MacNaughton passed away in September of 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Presented biennially, Elanco Canada is proud to sponsor this award to recognize and commemorate Dr. MacNaughton’s vision, his spirit, and his passion.


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