Officials Attend Hall of Fame Induction of the Late Dr. Bob Curtis | Island farmer
The Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) is pleased to announce the posthumous induction of Dr. Robert “Bob” A. Curtis (1931-2019) into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was held on October 21 in Truro attended by family members of Dr. Curtis, as well as Dr. Dan Hurnik, Professor of Swine Health Management, Stroke at the University of the Island of -Prince Edward.
âDr. Curtis has had a tremendous impact on agricultural veterinary medicine in Atlantic Canada,â said Dr. Hurnik. âFrom 1961 to 1996 he taught the majority of agricultural veterinarians who reside in the Atlantic provinces and , as a founding member of the AVC faculty, he paved the way for a new generation of veterinarians to receive their training.
Upon arriving at Stroke, Dr Curtis was tasked with developing the Department of Health Management. This included building a team of educators to cover the health and welfare of farm animals, as well as recruiting farms to support the education of veterinary students. Dr Curtis enjoyed interacting with farmers, often stopping by backyard or industry meetings out of the blue to promote participation in stroke programs. Dr Curtis has served in various stroke positions including founding chair of the Department of Health Management, founding director of the University Veterinary Hospital, professor and clinician in agricultural services.
Dr Curtis was a regular at exhibitions, farm fairs, Old Home Week and the PEI Easter Beef Show. He has also invested in the younger generations, devoting his time to local initiatives like 4H and sponsoring prizes and prizes to promote and support agricultural events and programs.
Throughout his career and until his retirement, he provided countless hours of continuing education to the veterinary community. He would also give presentations to many private groups including breed associations, the artificial insemination industry and many more. Dr Curtis was the first honorary member of the Atlantic Bovine Practitioners Association, and he continued to contribute and attend meetings long after his retirement.
âDr. Curtis’ dedication to agriculture and the veterinary community was unwavering,â said Dr. Greg Keefe, Dean of Stroke. âBy his example of integrity, excellence and commitment to health livestock, Dr. Curtis has left a permanent mark on Atlantic Canadian agriculture.
The Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the agriculture industry in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. and Labrador. Each year, one person from each of the four Atlantic Provinces is recognized at an induction ceremony and reception, and their portraits and quotes are on display to the public at Cumming Hall, Truro Faculty of Agriculture. , Nova Scotia.