Awards and Honours - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Alumni Awards and Recognition

UPEI recognizes its outstanding alumni through various events and awards.

Read about our various alumni awards: Distinguished Alumni Award, Inspiring Young Alumni Award, and the UPEI Alumni Association Legacy Award.

Atlantic Award of Excellence in Veterinary Medicine and Animal Care

Established in 2005, this annual award recognizes excellence in veterinary medicine and animal care in Atlantic Canada. It recognizes professionals who have demonstrated exceptional service and contributions to the veterinary profession; exemplify the highest values of compassion, leadership, and dedication to the profession; are active in the community; and/or have made advancements in the profession. Read the award terms of reference.

Past recipients include:

  • Dr. Ross K. Ainslie (2005)
  • Dr. George Irving (2006)
  • Dr. Bud Ings (2009)
  • Dr. Hubert Bennett (2010)
  • Dr. James Goltz (2011)
  • Dr. Bert Stevenson (2012)
  • Dr. Jim Berry (2013)
  • Dr. Ernie Prowse (2014)
  • Dr. Hugh Whitney (2015)
  • Dr. Alice Crook (2016)
  • Dr. Helene Van Doninck (2017)
  • Dr. Étienne Côté (2018)
  • Dr. Eric Carnegy (2019)
  • Dr. Gary Conboy (2021) 
  • Dr. Larry Hammell (2022)

Anyone may submit a nomination. The award is open to all veterinarians who have practiced veterinary medicine in the Atlantic Provinces. Nominees can be currently practicing, retired, and / or the award can be given posthumously. Nominees do not have to be affiliated with the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island.

The following documents must be submitted to be considered a complete nomination:

  • Nomination form;
  • Nomination letter written by the nominator or co-written by others who can adequately outline the nominee’s contributions and achievements; and
  • A copy of the nominee’s CV or resume.

Nominations can be sent to The deadline for nominations is Monday, February 19, 2024

Honourable Eugene F. Whelan Green Hat Award

Established in 2000, this annual award recognizes individuals who have played direct roles in the growth of the Atlantic Veterinary College and who have supported its vision, reputation, and continued success. It is the greatest honour bestowed by the College. 

Past recipients include:

  • Honourable Eugene F. Whelan and Honourable James Lee (2000)
  • James C. Johnson and Dr. Peter Meincke (2001)
  • Harold Raymond Godfrey (2002)
  • Dr. Kenneth F. Wells and Dr. Albert (Bud) Ings (2003)
  • Honourable Daniel J. MacDonald and Dr. E. Errol I. Hancock (2004)
  • Clive Stewart and Barry MacMillan (2006)
  • Honourable John M. Buchanan and Honourable Alex B. Campbell (2007)
  • Dr. Dennis Howell and Jean MacDonald (2008)
  • Dr. Robert A. Curtis (2009)
  • Dr. Reginald G. Thomson (2010)
  • Mel Gallant (2011)
  • Dr. Lawrence E. Heider (2012)
  • Carol and John MacLeod (2013)
  • Dr. Ian R. Dohoo (2014)
  • Trustees of the Christofor Foundation (2015)
  • Dr. Brian Hill (2016)
  • Jewell Dale Farm (2017)
  • Dr. Pierre-Yves Daoust (2018)
  • Apple Valley Farm (2019)
  • Roger Warren (2022)

A call for nominations will be issued in September each year. Anyone may submit a nomination. This award primarily acknowledges external stakeholders, however, retired faculty and staff members of the Atlantic Veterinary College may be eligible for the award. Active faculty and staff members are not considered eligible. All submissions will be screened to ensure they meet the criteria. Those submissions which qualify will be forwarded to the Atlantic Veterinary College's Dean's Council for review and selection. 

Student Awards and Recognition

AVC Dean's Honour List - 2022–2023
AVC Fall Awards 2023

Atlantic Veterinary College

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