Ken Leslie, Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph was the recipient of the first-ever National Mastitis Council (NMC) Award of Excellence for Mastitis Prevention and Control. The award was sponsored by Prevention Works from Boehringer Ingleheim Vetmedica, Inc., and will be awarded annually to an active NMC member for sustained contribution to mastitis prevention and control through research, extension or education, clinical practice or service to producers.

Leslie is a well-known leader in milk quality research and education. His research spans high-impact work on use of somatic cell count (SCC) for mastitis diagnosis and monitoring, the impacts of an industry-level SCC penalty program, published teat dip efficacy studies, and management of the drying-off process, just to name a few.

He has advised or mentored more than 70 graduate students and published more than 170 peer reviewed papers, in addition to a major textbook. Leslie enthusiastically championed the NMC 10 Point Plan for udder health and served on the organization’s executive committee.

Leslie is regarded around the world for his practical approach to research on how it translates to the farm.

Cornell’s Ynte Schukken, director at Quality Milk Production Services says, “Without a doubt, Dr. Leslie is among the most influential scholars in our field of udder health and milk quality.” PD


—From Boehringer Ingleheim Vetmedica, Inc., news release