OVMA Award Winners
Congratulations to the 2014 OVMA Award Winners!
The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) was pleased to honour two recipients with the prestigious OVMA Award of Merit during the OVMA Conference & Trade Show in Toronto, January 30-February 1. The Award of Merit recognizes individuals for their practice of, or contributions to, veterinary medicine. The award was presented to Dr. Deji Odetoyinbo of Bathurst Animal Clinic for outstanding volunteerism and Dr. Mark Dilworth of Beaches Animal Hospital for his commitment to helping animals in need.
Deji Odetoyinbo, DVM, M.V.Sc.
Dr. Deji Odetoyinbo, a veterinarian from Toronto, ON, was honoured by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) with the Award of Merit on January 31, 2014 during the 2014 OVMA Conference & Trade Show in Toronto, ON.
Dr. Odetoyinbo was nominated by the clients and staff of Bathurst Animal Clinic for his outstanding volunteerism, service and commitment to the veterinary profession. Dr. Odetoyinbo is described by clients and staff as a dedicated, compassionate and caring practitioner who always goes above and beyond the call of duty to help patients and their families, as well as those in his community. In the words of one of his nominators, Dr. Odetoyinbo ‘treats each animal (and human) who walks (or flies, slithers, crawls or is carried) through his clinic doors with compassion and respect. He seeks not only to heal, but to teach and to learn, and this is what sets him above other professionals in his field.’
Dr. Deji Odetoyinbo graduated from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria in 1984, and has been the owner of Bathurst Animal Clinic since 1998. He has been a very involved member of the veterinary community, serving as a volunteer for both local veterinary groups as well as the province’s regulatory body. In 1995, Dr. Odetoyinbo served as Secretary of the Toronto Academy of Veterinary Medicine and representative to the OVMA. He has held multiple volunteer positions with the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO), including a stint as a member and Chair of the Complaints Committee, Chair of the Accreditations Committee, and a member of the Discipline Committee.
Dr. Odetoyinbo currently volunteers with the Community Veterinary Outreach, an Ottawa-based non-profit organization established to meet the growing need for veterinary care among Ontario’s homeless and vulnerably-housed citizens. Dr. Odetoyinbo is passionate about educating youth about veterinary medicine and responsible pet ownership. He has visited elementary schools in his Toronto neighbourhood to teach young students, and has mentored several dozen high school students in his clinic. He also appeared on an episode of the popular children’s educational television show, ‘This is Daniel Cook: Daniel Cook Goes to the Vet’.
Mark Dilworth, DVM
Dr. Mark Dilworth, a veterinarian from Toronto, ON, was honoured with the Award of Merit on January 30, 2014 during the 2014 OVMA Conference & Trade Show in Toronto, ON.
Dr. Dilworth was recognized by his clients for his outstanding commitment to helping animals in need, and as someone who is always willing to assist animals that need help regaining their health and finding their forever homes. Dr. Dilworth has worked with animal rescue organizations throughout his career, assisting hundreds of dogs and cats through his work for those groups. Dr. Dilworth was lauded by his clients for his outstanding client service, dedication to assisting animals in need and improving animal welfare, and for always going above and beyond the call of duty. In the words of one of his nominators, “It is with his expert medical ability, the many extraordinary contributions he makes to animal well-being within his practice and in the community as a whole which leads us to believe that he is one of the OVMA’s ‘Stars Among Us’.”
Dr. Mark Dilworth graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2001. For the first three years of his career, he practiced as an emergency veterinarian at a 24-hour hospital and emergency clinic while also working with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA). Dr. Dilworth began managing Beaches Animal Hospital in Toronto in 2004, and became an owner in 2005. Dr. Dilworth has a special interest in emergency procedures, ultrasound and internal medicine, as well as an extensive background in wildlife rehabilitation.
Dr. Dilworth has assisted hundreds of dogs and cats through his work for rescue groups, as well as the Toronto Humane Society and Toronto Animal Services. Beaches Animal Hospital runs its own adoption program, which has allowed for the adoption of many stray or abandoned cats and the occasional dog. Beaches Animal Hospital also provides veterinary services to clients through the People with AIDS Foundation.