Fonds MG 80 - N.O. Nielsen fonds

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N.O. Nielsen fonds

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MG 80

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  • 1959-1984 [inclusive]; 1963-1983 [predominant]. (Creation)

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1.52 m of textual records

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Niels Ole Nielsen was born in Edmonton, Alberta, on 3 March 1930. He attended the University of Toronto, receiving his DVM in 1956, and the University of Minnesota, where he received his Ph.D. in Veterinary Pathology in 1963. He joined the University of Saskatchewan in 1964 as Associate Professor, was promoted through the ranks to Full Professor (1968), Head of the department of Vet. Pathology (1968), and Dean of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (1974), a position he held until 1982. Dr. Nielsen was instrumental in the establishment of the Prairie Swine Centre and, among his considerable academic achievements, was one of the team of researchers who first established that mercury pollution was a problem in Canada and a potential hazard to humans.

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This fonds contains a number of files concerning the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), including the activities and research projects of the Veterinary Infectious Diseases Organization (VIDO), the 1976 Study of Veterinary Manpower in Canada, computer assisted Animal Health Management, and the Preventive Medicine Committee: the latter two specifically concerning the establishment of a herd health data laboratory and disease control programs. In addition, there are several files related to Professor Nielsen's involvement with the Institute for Northern Studies (INS), the President's Advisory Council on Programs for People of Native Ancestry, game ranching in the north, and the Arctic Training Centre at Rankin Inlet. There is a considerable amount of material concerning the Environmental Advisory Council, and specifically, the Churchill River inquiry, Key Lake, the Environment 80 Report, and an uranium pollution control policy. It also contains some material concerning the establishment of a zoo at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm

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Related material: See also Faculty Biographies, Faculty Publications series.


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