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January 18, 2022

What We’re Reading | ‘Quintessential academic veterinarian’ honoured by peers

By Jennifer Allford, for the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

While many large animal veterinarians grew up on a farm surrounded by all sorts of animals, Dr. Michel Lévy, DVM — the recipient of the Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners (WCABP) Honorary Life Award — did not grow up tending to cattle. In fact, the recently retired University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) professor didn’t see many large animals at all.

“I was raised in Paris, France, and basically didn’t have any contact with cattle,” says Lévy.

When Lévy started studying veterinary medicine at University of Liege, in Belgium, he was planning to be a small animal veterinarian. But halfway through the six-year DVM program, he made a phone call that changed the course of his career.

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