Celebrating Veterinary Medical Science and Care in Manitoba – Awards evening draws big crowd

A packed house was on hand February 11 as the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association welcomed members, friends and guests to the 2023 Membership Engagement and Awards Evening. The event was held to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the advancement of veterinary medicine in the Province of Manitoba.

Honorees for the evening included Dr. Kris Torske, the 2022 Veterinarian of the Year and 2022 Veterinary Technologist of the Year, Ms. Meaghan Wall.

Dr. Erin Ciwko received the Mentorship award with Certificates of Merit going to Drs. Pat Dorval and  Cathy Patterson.

The Association also awarded lifetime memberships to Dr. Timothy Gurnell, Dr. K. Paul Schneider, Dr. Robert Newfield and Dr. Gordon Goodridge.

The evening also included the presentation of an Honorary Membership to Mr. Jost am Rhyn, former executive director of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. While Mr. am Rhyn was unable to attend in person, he did send his thanks and appreciation via a video which can be viewed by clicking here.

All recipients were warmly received by the full house that attended the event held at the Ballroom of the Gates on Roblin in Headingley, MB.

“It was delightful to see so many members of the entire veterinary community come together for a day to celebrate the profession in Manitoba,” said MVMA past president Dr. Keri Hudson Reykdal, who served as the emcee of the awards program. “As was evident by the proceedings that there is much to celebrate and be proud of in our profession.”

The day – long affair included a Continuing Education session in addition to a Town Hall event that included an appearance by Dr. Chris Bell, president of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association who is also a born and raised Manitoban.

“Once again, I would like to congratulate all recipients on receiving their respective awards,” Dr. Hudson Reykdal added. “As well, sincere thanks to everyone who turned out for the event! The support from the membership and the entire veterinary community was wonderful to see!”

The 2023 Membership Engagement and Awards Evening was proudly presented by Boehringer Ingelheim.

The next Membership Engagement event is slated for the summer of 2023. Stay tuned for details.

MVMA full colour-01


Mission: To protect the public through the regulation of veterinary medicine, to support our members and to promote the profession in Manitoba.

Vision: A sustainable veterinary community working together to prioritize the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement: The MVMA is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion across gender identity, ethnicity, religion, age, neurodiversity, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, and marital status. The MVMA membership is multicultural and we value multiple approaches and different points of view in a safe, positive and collaborative environment.


Become an MVMA Member – Learn about the requirements to become a licensed veterinarian or registered veterinary technologist.

Veterinary Medicine – Find out how veterinary medicine impacts the lives of animals.

©2019 MVMA. All rights reserved.