CAHI President Jean Szkotnicki is seen here with 2015 Industry Leadership Award recipient Dr. Murray Jelinski of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. Photo courtesy CAHI.

Jelinski receives CAHI leadership award

Dr. Murray Jelinski is the 2015 recipient of the Canadian Animal Health Institute's (CAHI) Industry Leadership Award.

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) professor was honoured for his many contributions to bovine practitioners, cattle health and animal health throughout his 30-year career.

"Murray's capacity to critically think and communicate issues has contributed to improving bovine health, the education of new and practicing veterinarians and to the regulatory matters impacting the animal health industry. His energy and enthusiasm for veterinary medicine and all it involves is in a word, inspirational," says CAHI President Jean Szkotnicki, who describes Jelinski as an advocate and mentor for students.

"His consideration and sage advice over the years has helped me personally, the CAHI members and I'm sure thousands of practitioners."

Jelinski graduated from the WCVM in 1985, operating his own mixed animal practice in Moosomin, Sask., for several years before returning to the WCVM to earn his Master of Science degree in epidemiology.

He subsequently launched a successful career within the Canadian veterinary pharmaceutical industry before joining the WCVM faculty in 2006 as the Alberta Chair in Beef Cattle Health and Production Medicine. He has also served for more than 10 years as secretary-treasurer to the Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners.

Szkotnicki says Jelinski's experience before joining the WCVM faculty has provided him with a unique perspective on challenges faced by CAHI members and veterinary professionals.

Jelinski received the award during the organization's annual meeting in late May.

"I was both surprised and humbled when Jean called to say that I'd been chosen as this year's award recipient," says Jelinski, who was honoured to be recognized by his peers. "There is a saying, ‘Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity,' and I think this applies to me."

Jelinski credits his "many great mentors" who have helped him better his diverse and accomplished career.

"My career path has been anything but linear, having been afforded the opportunity to explore veterinary medicine from the perspective of private practice, the pharmaceutical industry, and now as an educator and researcher. And while my time in the pharmaceutical industry was relatively short, I met many great people, many of whom have remained close friends to this day."

The CAHI is the trade association representing the manufacturers and distributors of animal medications in Canada. The Industry Leadership Award recognizes and honours outstanding leadership, innovation and accomplishments in the field of Canadian animal health.

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