OVMA Award Winners
Congratulations to Dr. Alan H. Meek, Recipient of the 2013 OVMA Golden Life Membership Award!
Dr. Alan H. Meek, DVM, MSc., PhD, a well-known educator, researcher, author and mentor, was honoured during an award ceremony at the 2013 OVMA Conference & Trade Show on January 25, 2013. Dr. Meek received the OVMA Golden Life Membership Award in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the veterinary profession over the course of his career.
Dr. Meek graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in 1971. After working in private practice in Stratford, Ontario for several years, he returned to OVC where he completed an MSc in epidemiology in 1974. Four years later, he earned his PhD in epidemiology from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He then joined the faculty at OVC in 1978, progressing through the ranks to become a full professor in 1990. Dr. Meek held numerous leadership positions while at OVC, including Chair of the Department of Veterinary Microbiology & Immunology, Associate Dean and from 1994-2004 was Dean of the College. He retired from his faculty position in 2008, but continued to volunteer on special projects for the University of Guelph and OVC for several years thereafter.
Dr. Meek is also an established author within the field of veterinary epidemiology, and counts a book, several book chapters, and numerous scientific and other papers among his published works. Many veterinarians will recognize him not only as an OVC professor, but also as co-author of what was the leading veterinary epidemiology text for DVM students.
Dr. Meek was also a member of the Provincial Implementation Task Force, which was instrumental in the creation of the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (commonly known as Public Health Ontario). His involvement in the creation of this agency helped maintain the profile of veterinary medicine in the Ontario public health system. In 2010/2011, Dr. Meek and The Honourable Patrick J. LeSage conducted a major review of a suspected ringworm outbreak at the York Region Branch of the OSPCA. The report, titled “Independent Review of Events in May 2010 at the York Region Branch of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals” was published in April 2011, serving as a very detailed review of an animal welfare/shelter system.
Further to this, he has served on multiple boards, including the Advisory Board for the Canadian Veterinary Reserve, as well as the Sheela Basrur Centre and Public Health Ontario.
Dr. Meek has received accolades for his work from a number of organizations. In 2009, he became an inaugural inductee into the ODHS Hall of Fame, and in 2011 was named an Honorary Fellow of the University of Guelph and a Life Member of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.