This year’s recipient of the Boehringer Ingelheim WCABP Veterinarian of the Year award is Dr. Richard Krauss from Preeceville, stated the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medicine Association newsletter. Krauss received the award during the awards gala in Calgary in January.
Dr. Krauss has practiced veterinary medicine for over 50 years. He graduated in the first Western Canadian Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) class of 1969.
Before starting his practice in Preeceville, he worked in Ogema, Burnaby, and Weyburn. He has practiced veterinary medicine in Preeceville for the last 48 years. The focus of his practice has been on bovine medicine and surgery. Over the years, Dr. Krauss has had a dozen associates, eight veterinary technicians and has mentored approximately 25 students. He has always been very passionate about veterinary medicine; more specifically bovine practice. His knowledge and enthusiasm for veterinary practice, in particular bovine practice, is remarkable, continued the newsletter. He has a grassroots approach to cattle and bovine practice which allows him to communicate with his colleagues, students and producers. He is tremendously respected in the region as a wealth of knowledge and compassion.
Over the last 50 years, as the beef industry grew, expanded, and matured Dr. Krauss has educated, supported, and nurtured his clients and the region’s industry. He was a major contributor in the expansion of the cattle industry in north-eastern Saskatchewan. He worked with other sectors of the industry to pull all the resources together to support his clients’ cattle operations.
He has dedicated his life to veterinary medicine, in particular bovine practice, the cattle industry and his community, while supporting his family and is very deserving of this award.
Dr. Krauss was born in North Vancouver and moved to a mixed farm with his parents when he was five years old. The family farmed in Parry, south of Regina and he attended high school in Parry. Prior to graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan in 1969, he previously had worked with Dr. Harold Struthers in the Omega veterinary clinic for two summers. He went on to work at a veterinary clinic in Burnaby B.C. with Dr. John Maclain for five months and at the Weyburn veterinary clinic under the mentorship of Dr. Wally Nicholson for one year before moving to Preeceville to open his own clinic, The Preeceville Veterinary Clinic on July 15, 1970.
Krauss and his wife Ivy have enjoyed being part of the community and raising the couple’s two children in a small community environment.