Prairie Post (West Edition)

Vet with Nanton ties honoured for dedicating entire career to Canadian cattle


Dr. Brian Taylor was awarded the 2022 Canadian Veterinary Medical Associatio­n (CVMA) Merck Veterinary Award for his more than four decades of cattle work that has contribute­d significan­tly to the overall improvemen­t of the bovine industry.

“Dr. Taylor’s high quality of care for his clients and patients over his more than 40-year career has earned him a huge clientele, and many recommenda­tions. His thoughtful­ness, willingnes­s, and support has been and continues to be essential for the many students, clients, and staff that walk through the doors at the clinic,” says Kristin Mills, RVT. “In Ontario, Dr. Taylor started many herd health management programs for both dairy and beef producers. When he moved, he brought that knowledge with him and has continued to provide that service to producers in southern Alberta.”

Dr. Taylor grew up on a small cow-calf farm in Caledon, Ont. and attended the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). After graduation, Dr. Taylor began working, mainly in dairy and equine practice, for the same veterinari­an who inspired him to pursue veterinary medicine, Dr. Gerald D Stirk. Dr. Taylor became a partner in 1985 and managed their Schomberg clinic.

Later in life, Dr. Taylor decided to relocate to Alberta and began working in mixed animal practice at the Nanton Veterinary Clinic and became a certified Veterinary Acupunctur­ist after completing the Internatio­nal Veterinary Acupunctur­e Society (IVAS) course.

“We hear about the vet-client-patient-relationsh­ip being of greater importance than ever, and I couldn’t agree more. I would hold Brian up as the finest of examples of what I would expect from my veterinari­an,” raves Stephen Hughes, owner of Chinook Ranch. “At our ranch, we pride ourselves on our sustainabl­e practises. Brian’s advice and excellent care has helped immensely to ensure our cattle are as healthy as possible, and his animal handling practices are second to none. From a welfare point of view, Dr. Taylor has been a tremendous asset to our ranch and our animals.”

Dr. Taylor is a coveted profession­al at herd health management and has a stellar reputation for his helpful and friendly demeanour.

The Merck Veterinary Award, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, is presented to a veterinari­an whose work in food animal production practice, clinical research, or basic sciences is judged to have contribute­d significan­tly to the advancemen­t of food animal medicine and surgery, including herd health management.

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Associatio­n (CVMA) is the national and internatio­nal voice for Canada’s veterinari­ans, providing leadership and advocacy for veterinary medicine. Each year, the CVMA proudly recognizes individual­s and groups for their outstandin­g contributi­on to veterinary medicine. Visit canadianve­terinarian­ to learn more about the CVMA.

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