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UPEI president Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, left, joins Atlantic Veterinary College dean Doctor Greg Keefe in congratulating vet school professor, Doctor Ian Dohoo, right, for earning the inaugural Roger Morris award for extraordinary lifetime achievement from the nternational Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics.
International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics also honours Dr. Dahoo from P.E.I. university
The International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, during its annual meeting in Mexico, honoured P.E.I. twice and announced its 2021 conference will be held in Prince Edward Island.
Looking to the Centre for Disease Control for a definition, epidemiology is the study of the distribution and causes of health-related events in certain groups, and the application of that study to the control of health problems.
The conference brings together more than 500 epidemiologists and economists worldwide to discuss veterinary epidemiology and economics related to global food systems, public health and interactions between humans and domestic and wild animals.
Canada last hosted the conference in 1991.
This will be the first time that the conference has been hosted twice by the same country.
During the same conference, a P.E.I. professor who is known worldwide for his expertise in veterinary epidemiology was recognized with a lifetime achievement award.
Doctor Ian Dohoo is professor emeritus of epidemiology at the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island.
In November Dohoo was presented with the inaugural Roger Morris Award for extraordinary lifetime achievement.
The good news for P.E.I. didn’t end there, as another Atlantic Veterinary College member was recognized.
Doctor Charles Caraguel, a former graduate student at the college, was presented with the first emerging scientist award by the society.
Caraguel is now a faculty member at the University of Adelaide’s School of Animal and Veterinary Science in Australia.
“I congratulate Drs. Dohoo and Caraguel on receiving these prestigious awards,” said Dr. Greg Keefe, dean of AVC.
“Dr. Dohoo has left an indelible mark on the college and on me personally as a mentor and my graduate supervisor. Dr. Caraguel, as a former graduate student, bears witness to the excellence of our epidemiology and aquatics programs.”
Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister, Richard Brown, agrees.
“It was a great privilege to join in on the celebrations at AVC this week, and to recognize the college and two individuals for their accomplishments in epidemiology,” said Brown after a ceremony at the vet school.
“Their success speaks volumes to the excellent programming at the college in the areas of epidemiology and aquatics.”