Grey Bruce Farmers week names first prize recipient

Representing the Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week Committee, Bill Herron presents the Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week award to Dr. Elri Oosthuizen

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The Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week Committee has established an annual $1000 Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week Prize in conjunction with the University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), to recognize new veterinarians entering food animal practices serving producers in Grey and Bruce counties.

This award recognizes the individual’s past accomplishments, but also encourages their future contributions, and commitment to our rural communities.

On June 13, 2019, at the Convocation Awards ceremony at OVC, Dr. Elri Oosthuizen was the recipient of the GBFW award. Elri grew up in the small town of Smiths Falls, ON Canada.  Despite the fact that she did not grow up on a farm, she is passionate about livestock, and agriculture.

Once she got to the University of Guelph for her undergrad degree in Animal Biology, she began to realize what a love she had for agriculture and farm animals. U of G provided a positive exposure to agriculture through the classes, atmosphere and surroundings.

Once she reached vet school, she truly realized that her passion was rooted in farm/food animal medicine.

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