An Alberta veterinarian has been named the recipient of a national award for outstanding contributions to animal health.
Dr. Duane Landals, of Onoway, Alta., has been given the 2017 Carl Block Award by the Canadian Animal Health Coalition.
The award is in memory of Carl Block, who was chair of the CAHC when he passed away as the result of a small plane crash in May 2002.
For more than 37 years Landals has “contributed significantly” to veterinary medicine, both in Canada and internationally.
His leadership and organizational skills saw him serve as Canadian Veterinary Medical Association president, executive member and council member for Alberta, as well as CVMA’s representative with CAHC for a number of years.
He is currently on the board of directors of Veterinarians Without Borders, chairman of the Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) Committee of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB), a member of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Veterinary Pharmaceutical Stewardship Advisory Group (VPSAG) and the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council antimicrobial resistance working group and past chair of the Canadian working group on compounding of drugs and the Canadian ad hoc antimicrobial stewardship committee.
On the international level he served two terms as vice-president of the World Veterinary Association (2008-14), and the chair of the 29th World Veterinary Association Congress (Vancouver 2008).
Within Alberta, he spent over 15 years as the registrar, CEO and treasurer of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, was a board member of the Alberta Farm Animal Care Association for 10 years and chaired the Alberta Strategic Action Committee on Antimicrobial Use in Animal Health.
Landals was also the owner and operator of two multi-species veterinary practices for 35 years and owned a rural veterinary practice and a beef cattle and horse ranch for 25 years.