Cecil Doige

Master Teacher Award - Fall 1985

Professor Cecil Earl Doige received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1959. Following nine years of private practice in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, he enrolled in graduate studies at the University of Saskatchewan and received a PhD in Veterinary pathology in 1972. In the same year, he joined the staff of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and became a Full Professor in 1977. Dr. Doige's field of specialization is pathology of the skeleton of domestic animals and he has more than 50 publications to his credit.

Professor Doige was nominated for the Master Teacher Award because of his outstanding overall excellence in the teaching of veterinary pathology. In addition to lectures and laboratory instruction, he is extensively involved in clinical teaching. He has been the recipient of the Veterinary College Award for Teaching Excellence in pre-clinical subjects four times - 1973, 1977, 1978 and 1981 - and in 1976, he was awarded the Norden Award for Teaching Excellence as the most outstanding teacher in the College.

Dr. Doige's approach to veterinary medicine was professional in the best sense of the word. He developed an international reputation for his knowledge of diseases of the musculoskeletal system but retained the ability to link the latest in basic scientific research to everyday problems faced by practitioners and farmers. In a quiet, dignified way he demanded excellence of himself, and by example, inspired excellence in those around him. He relished teaching and the opportunity to interact with students at all levels. His greatest legacy is the cadre of veterinarians who benefited from his legacy over the past 25 years.

Upon his death in 1992, the Cecil E. Doige Fund was set up to assist graduate students at the WCVM to attend and present their research findings at scientific meetings. Dr. Doige felt strongly that the opportunity to meet with other scientists and exchange information is an invaluable part of the advanced education process and was a strong advocate for support in this area.