Dr Baljit Singh, a veteran in veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences, has been inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS).
The dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary (UCVM) is believed to be the first Sikh to land the honour with the prestigious Ottawa-based outfit, the counterpart to the US National Academy of Medicine.
“This is the highest honour in Health Sciences in Canada!,” said McGill University associate professor Dr Jaswinder Singh in a message on social media.
In the academy citation, CAHS noted that Dr Baljit has a long and distinguished record of serving veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences with passion and distinction.
“Based on his experiences as student, teacher and researcher and leader in many countries and education systems, he has forged collaborations to develop integrated teaching, learning, research, and service platforms and increasingly, in various leadership roles.
“The core essence of his academic work is development of better and integrated education and research models and engagement of the academy with societal and policy issues. His peers, students and numerous stakeholders have appreciated and recognized his work through many awards and honors,” it said.
Dr Baljit joined UCVM in September 2016 after serving as an associate dean of research at the University of Saskatchewan since 2011.
His formal education includes a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry (BVSc and AH) and Master of Veterinary Science (MVSc) from Punjab Agricultural University in Punjab and a PhD from the University of Guelph; postdoctoral training at Texas A&M University and Columbia University, New York.
He completed licensing requirements set by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) for foreign veterinary graduates.
Dr Baljit Singh appointed dean at Canada’s University of Calgary (Asia Samachar, 22 April 2016)