Dr. Mark Gemmill -2019 OVMA Outstanding Veterinarian Award

Dr. Mark Gemmill began a career as a dairy farmer after graduating from agriculture college in 1984. Three years later, he returned to the University of Guelph and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1993.  In 2000, Dr. Gemmill became a partner of the Cornell Animal Hospital in Guelph, Ont., and eventually became sole owner in 2003.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Gemmill has made extraordinary contributions to the veterinary profession, serving on the OVMA Board for 17 years, with five years on the Executive Committee and as the association’s President in 2015. Dr. Gemmill also represented OVMA on the VSTEP Board of Directors for 12 years, as well as served on OVMA’s pet insurance program and public relations task forces. In addition, Dr. Gemmill was a founding member of the Farley Foundation’s Board of Directors, serving on the board for 14 years, five of which he was President.

Throughout his career, Dr. Gemmill has supported a variety of local causes, and in the last 5 years has started donating all the rebate proceeds from pharmaceutical and pet food companies to charity. He has been actively involved in Farley Foundation fundraising events, such as the OVMA Golf Tournament, Ride for Farley, and Fundraise for Farley Month, and currently volunteers with Veterinary Community Outreach, an organization that offers free veterinary care for pets of marginalized individuals.  Dr. Gemmill also sponsors a local golf tournament put on by “Fathers Remembered by Daughters”, a charity that supports and raises money for Hospice Wellington.

Additionally, Dr. Gemmill regularly mentors future veterinarians in his practice, one of whom is now his Associate.