Veterinary All-rounder Awarded Top Honours

ONTARIO – The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association has honoured Dr. George Charbonneau. He was recently presented with its Outstanding Veterinarian Award
calendar icon 6 February 2008
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Dubbed Swine Expert, Researcher and Protector of Food Safety and Consumers, his name is synonymous with swine medicine. A 1981 OVC graduate from Arnprior, Ontario, he has played a significant role in Canada's pig industry influencing every aspect of the swine industry that he could get his hands on. He started his own practice within a year of graduation and spent much of his early years building strong relationships with pork producers, taking the lead in production and farm management in farrow-to-finish operations.

Producers have a high regard for Dr. Charbonneau, his expertise expedience in managing facility renovations and supervising innovative research projects.

He moved his veterinary practice to Stratford, Ontario in 1987 and started Swine Services Group the following year to provide consultation and management services to the Ontario swine industry.

Besides his robust commitment to providing quality service to both industry service providers and pork producers, Dr. Charbonneau devoted much of his career to helping manage disease by advancing technology and research for swine medicine.

Among his published scientific papers are:
  • Efficacy of tilmicosin in the control of experimentally induced Actinobacillus pleuropneumonia infection in swine
  • A survey of the slaughter prevalence of sarcoptic pigs in Ontario .
He is a sort after speaker in North America, and has addressed the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, Maritime Pork Congress, Ontario Pork Congress, Iowa Pork Congress, Ontario Association of Swine Veterinarians, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food Swine Excellence Series, Saskatchewan Pork Industry Symposium, and the George Young Conference. He has recently served as the Canadian ambassador at a series of meetings in the United States where he presented information on the status of Porcine Circovirus and Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory syndrome virus in Canada.
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