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Sad Passing Of Dr. Richard Julian


Egg-NewsDr. Richard (Dick) Julian passed away on May 15th at the age of 92.  He graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1952 and practiced in his home Province before a 1964 appointment as head of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Brighton, ONT.  In 1979, he was appointed as Professor of Poultry Pathology at the Ontario Veterinary College, where he served until his retirement in 1994.  During his distinguished career, he received the Ontario Poultry Health Worker of the Year Award in 1984 and the Upjohn Animal Health Achievement Award from the American Association of Avian Pathologists in 1994.


Among his many achievements, Dick developed a coccidiosis vaccine in 1982 and he published on necrotic enteritis and other emerging field conditions through the 1980s.  He demonstrated the role of low oxygen level in inducing ascites syndrome in fast-growing broilers and questioned the disproportionate deposition of muscle tissue at the expense of cardio-vascular function and pulmonary capacity.


Egg-NewsHe was an excellent teacher at both the professional and post-graduate levels and was in demand as a speaker at international meetings and seminar programs.


His contribution to the profession is recognized in the Riddell-Julian Poultry Student Scholarship established by the National Canadian Poultry Organization in 2019.