Dr. Gordon Atkins Receives the Inaugural Dr. Brian MacNaughton Memorial Award


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Elanco Canada has honoured Dr. Gordon Atkins with the first ever Dr. Brian MacNaughton Memorial Award, recognizing his outstanding contributions to veterinary medicine in Canada. A veterinarian of over 40 years, Dr. Atkins has served the bovine veterinary industry with distinction through both his own practice and as an educator.

“We are pleased to recognize Dr. Atkins for his contributions to the field of bovine veterinary medicine,” said Katie Cook, General Manager of Elanco Canada. “Renowned for his work locally, nationally, and internationally, Dr. Atkins truly embodies the spirit and purpose of the Dr. Brian MacNaughton Memorial Award.”

Raised on a dairy farm in Alberta, Dr. Atkins received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 1973. Since graduation he has been practicing and teaching veterinary medicine in the Calgary area, with a primary focus on dairy cattle.

Dr. Atkins served on the founding committee of the Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners and was named a Life Member in 2016. He has received more than 15 separate industry honours, including being named the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association Veterinarian of the Year, the Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners Veterinarian of the Year, and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Atkins was nominated for this award by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary, with letters of support from colleagues across the country.

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.

Elanco provides comprehensive products and knowledge services to improve animal health and food animal production in more than 70 countries around the world. Founded in 1954, Elanco is a division of Eli Lilly and Company. Their worldwide headquarters and research facilities are located in Greenfield, Indiana.