Vet­eri­nar­i­ans hon­oured by na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion

Jeanne Lof­st­edt, David Con­don are rec­og­nized

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Two vet­eri­nar­i­ans from P.E.I. are re­ceiv­ing na­tional hon­ours this week for their con­tri­bu­tions to an­i­mal health.

Jeanne Lof­st­edt will re­ceive a life mem­ber­ship to the Cana­dian Ve­teri­nary Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (CVMA).

The Benoni, South Africaborn Lof­st­edt has held var­i­ous lead­er­ship po­si­tions at the At­lantic Ve­teri­nary Col­lege (AVC) in P.E.I., and vol­un­teer po­si­tions in var­i­ous ve­teri­nary or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the CVMA.

In her home­town, she spent sum­mers on the sheep and dairy farms of close rel­a­tives and had the in­flu­ence of a vet­eri­nar­ian un­cle, as well as the op­por­tu­nity to vol­un­teer at a mixed an­i­mal prac­tice dur­ing high school.

In 1975, Lof­st­edt re­ceived her bach­e­lor of ve­teri­nary sci­ence de­gree with hon­ours from the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria in South Africa, and was the stu­dent with the high­est aca­demic stand­ing over­all.

She moved to Prince Ed­ward Is­land in 1987 to as­sume a fac­ulty po­si­tion at AVC, where she is cur­rently pro­fes­sor of large an­i­mal medicine in the depart­ment of health man­age­ment.

Lof­st­edt plans to join her hus­band, Rob Lof­st­edt, also a vet­eri­nar­ian, in re­tire­ment in Jan­uary 2018.

The CVMA also awarded David Con­don with its Small An­i­mal Prac­ti­tioner Award for his com­pas­sion to­wards the an­i­mals in his care and his ded­i­ca­tion to the stu­dent vet­eri­nar­i­ans he mentors and su­per­vises.

Con­don, who grew up on a small fam­ily farm in P.E.I., de­vel­oped a strong in­ter­est in ve­teri­nary den­tistry and de­voted a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of his time pur­su­ing con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion in this area.

He was in­stru­men­tal in the for­ma­tion of the stu­dent chap­ter of the Foun­da­tion for Ve­teri­nary Den­tistry for At­lantic Ve­teri­nary Col­lege (AVC) stu­dents, hosts den­tal wet labs for the stu­dents at his clinic, and of­fers lunch lec­tures on ve­teri­nary den­tistry at AVC.

Con­don and his wife, Lisa, travel with the Peter Emily In­ter­na­tional Ve­teri­nary Den­tal Foun­da­tion to pro­vide free ve­teri­nary den­tal care to cap­tive large cats like tiger and lions.

“Per­haps most note­wor­thy are the stu­dents who re­port that they leave their ro­ta­tion at the Abeg­weit An­i­mal Hospi­tal feel­ing more con­fi­dent in their skill set and ready to prac­tice in­de­pen­dently,” said Leigh La­mont of the Univer­sity of Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

“That is high praise in­deed.”

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