Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA).
Association incoming president Dr. Matthew Richardson says in his over 40-year career, Dr. Scott held many leadership roles, including president of association, and other veterinary organizations, as well a serving as a councillor for Central Manitoulin.
Richardson noted Dr. Scott also started up the Ride for Farley, an annual charity bike ride to raise funds for various animal causes, organizes the annual Tour de Meldrum cycling event to raise funds for the Manitoulin Health Centre and is an active volunteer with the local Lions Club.
Dr. Dale Scott graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1976, and started his mixed animal practice in Mindemoya which is where he worked until 2016 when he retired.
Here is the citation officially acknowledging his contributions over the years: Golden Life Membership Award – Dr. Dale Scott
The OVMA Golden Life Membership Award recognizes OVMA members who are retired from full-time career pursuits of veterinary medicine or who have been a veterinarian for a minimum of 30 years and have served the profession in an extraordinary manner. Recipients receive an honorary lifetime OVMA membership.
Dr. Dale Scott graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1976, and started his mixed animal practice in Mindemoya, Ont., which is where he worked until 2016 when he retired.
Over his 40-year career Dr. Scott held many leadership roles, including president of OVMA, president of the Designated Area Veterinary Association, president of the Northern Ontario Veterinary Association (NOVA), president of the Farley Foundation, chair of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario’s Discipline and Registration Committee and chair of OVMA’s Large Animal Issues Committee. He’s currently serving in municipal politics as a councillor for Central Manitoulin.
His commitment to the Ride for Farley is one of the highlights of his contributions to the veterinary profession. He began the charity bike ride as a fundraiser for different animal causes many years ago, when he initially developed his passion for cycling. He would leave his home in Mindemoya every September on route to the NOVA conference, wherever the location was in the north, hundreds of kilometres away. When the Farley Foundation was established in 2002, Dr. Scott dedicated his ride to raise funds for the foundation, and the Ride for Farley was born. Since then, the event has raised more than $1 million to help low-income pet owners in Ontario by subsidizing the cost of non-elective veterinary care for their pets. Dr. Scott is still a devoted participant and fundraiser.
As his colleague, Dr. Sherri Rea, says, “Dale embodies what I have always felt was a special combination of traits that have made many veterinarians some of the most incredible individuals to encounter on this planet. He shows a desire to problem solve, search for answers to medical mysteries, aid in diagnosis and treatment of pets and food industry animals and he can effortlessly blend these talents with a sincere, extremely empathetic kindness and interest in the lives of everyone he meets.”