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Radostits, Otto Martin - 2008
Rayner, John George - 1973
Rennie, Donald Andrews - 1983
Riviere, Paul - 1984
Robertson, George Wilson - 1972
Robinson, David Russell - 1979
Roebuck, Norman - 1987
Rossnagel, Brian Gordon - 2010
Rothwel, Dr. Byrnne - 2016
Rowland, Gordon Grant - 2013
Runciman, Alexander McInnes - 1982
Rutherford, William John - 1972

PortraitOtto Martin Radostits

Dr. Otto Radostits was a renowned veterinarian and one of the founding faculty members of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Born in Edmonton in 1934, he received his DVM at the Ontario Veterinary College. He joined the faculty of the newly constructed Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1964 and played a key role in the design of the curriculum and the building.

Otto developed a reputation among producers and veterinarians as a very thorough clinician, with a tremendous knowledge of livestock diseases. He wrote extensively and was senior author or editor for textbooks such as Veterinary Medicine: A Textbook of Diseases of Cattle, Sheep, Pigs and Horses; Veterinary Clinical Examination and Diagnosis; Herd Health: A Textbook of Health and Production Management of Agricultural Animals; and also acted as co-author for fifty two scientific journals.

Otto was internationally known as an expert in his field. His textbook Veterinary Medicine was translated into French, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese and Italian. He traveled across Canada, the northern and mid-western United States, Australia, New Zealand and Israel to speak to veterinarian and producer meetings.

Otto received the Order of Canada in 2006, the Amstutz Award from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners in 1998, The Veterinarian of the Year Award from Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Practitioners in 1998, The Golden Wheel Award for Education from the Saskatoon Rotary Club in 1995 and the Centennial Medal from the Government of Saskatchewan.

Otto was known by his peers and students for his booming voice and his challenging style of presentation. He received numerous teaching awards. As a result of teaching literally thousands of WCVM graduates the latest techniques on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of livestock diseases, the health and welfare of livestock across the prairies was greatly improved. So were the lives of farm families.

As a result of his work and the students he supervised, major advances were made in the treatment and management of calves with neonatal diarrhea (calf scours). Ultimately, his work would help lead to vaccines to prevent different forms of the disease.

Otto was a devoted family man. His first love was his wife and six children and he was immensely proud of their accomplishments. An important part of his strong family life was his involvement in Holy Family Church in Saskatoon.

Sponsored for Induction in the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 2008 by the Western College of Veterinarian Medicine and the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association.

 

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