AVC faculty member receives veterinary award for contribution in small animal practice

Congratulations to Dr. Hans Gelens on being awarded the CVMA's 2012 Small Animal Practitioner Award, presented during the CVMA's annual conference in July! The following is a media release issued by the CVMA about Dr. Gelens' accomplishments:

OTTAWA — Several Canadian veterinarians were awarded for their extraordinary contributions to the veterinary profession and to animal health and welfare. These individuals were recognized during the annual Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Awards Ceremony, held this year in Montréal, Québec.

The Small Animal Practitioner Award is presented to a veterinarian, whose work in small animal practice, clinical research or basic sciences is judged to have contributed significantly to the advancement of small animal medicine, surgery, or the management of a small animal practice, including the advancement of the public's knowledge of the responsibilities of pet ownership. The CVMA is proud to present the 2012 Small Animal Practitioner Award to Dr. Hans Gelens!

As an Internist, Dr. Hans Gelens has served as a faculty member since 1997 at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) and formerly as well at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).

Hans has been the Chair of the AVC Companion Animals Department for the past three years. In this role, he works a full administrative schedule, and concurrently teaches, mentors, manages wildlife grants and participates in the veterinary teaching hospital clinics.

Hans has evaluated and provided input towards the North American Veterinary License Examination (NAVLE) and has been an examiner for the past 11 years. In addition, he volunteered for 4 years on the PEIVMA Council.

Hans has not only worked in academia but also in private practice in BC and The Netherlands along with a variety of locum positions in Canada. This groundwork has led to a host of opportunities in acquiring a diverse amount of knowledge and experiences in Emergency Services and in Private Practice Specialty Referral Clinics.

Through these achievements, Hans has been able to share his compassion for animals and wildlife through a multitude of outlets. These have included presentations for the expansion of the public and academic education, volunteer projects including an active role in the feral-trap neuter and release program with the AVC Cat Action Team and lastly, aiding in the renovation and maintenance of the AVC flight cage facility for bird rehabilitation.

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The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is the national voice for the veterinary profession dedicated to serving and representing the veterinarians of Canada. To learn more about CVMA visit www.canadianveterinarians.net.

Contact: Tanya Frye, Manager, Communications
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
613-236-1162 ext. 128 or tfrye@cvma-acmv.org