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PortraitChristopher Hedley Bigland

Chris Bigland, founder of the Veterinary Infectious Diseases Laboratory in Saskatoon , was born in Calgary October 15, 1919 , and took an early interest in veterinary medicine. At the age of 21 he graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph .

He worked in private practice in Calgary until 1945 when he enrolled in the University of Toronto to obtain a diploma in Veterinary Public Health. He returned to Calgary in 1946 to join the Veterinary Inspection Division of the Canada Department of Agriculture. In his work as a meat inspector Chris became interested in testing swine for Brucellosis and set up a laboratory in his own home to do this. He decided his real interest lay in disease control rather than inspection so he moved to the Alberta Department of Agriculture's veterinary laboratory in Edmonton where he focused on disease problems in poultry. Here he gained an international reputation as a researcher in the Mycoplasma of domestic birds.

While in Edmonton he was elected president of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association and it was at this time he became convinced of the need for a veterinary infectious diseases laboratory.

In 1962 he completed his MSc program and was hired by the University of California at Davis in recognition of his accomplishments in the field of avian Mycoplasma.

Two years later the dream of a Western College of Veterinary Medicine became a reality and Dean Larry Smith approached Chris Bigland about heading the Department of Veterinary Microbiology in Saskatoon . Chris returned to Canada with enthusiasm and resumed his campaign for what later became the Veterinary Infectious Diseases Organization (VIDO). The idea came to fruition in 1975 and Chris Bigland became VIDO's first director.

Under his direction Steven Acres and Otto Radostits developed the world's first vaccine for neonatal calf diarrhea. This vaccine, Vicogen, made a significant improvement in the survival rate of young calves and vastly improved the economics of the cattle business for producers.

Chris Bigland is the author of 93 published papers in scientific journals and has honorary life memberships in the Alberta and Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Associations, the Ontario Veterinary College Alumni Association and the Canadian Society of Animal Science. In 1980 he was given the Award of Merit by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association and the OVC at Guelph made him the McMillan Laureate in Agriculture for the period 197984.

He retired from VIDO in 1984.

Sponsored for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 2003
by the Veterinary Infectious Diseases Organization,
Western College of Veterinary Medicine and the
Saskatchewan Veterinarian Medical Association.


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