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Dr. Jay Cross Awarded the 2023 Olds College Honourary Degree

June 06, 2023

honorary-degree-2023-jay-podium.jpgOlds College of Agriculture & Technology is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2023 Olds College Honourary Degree — Dr. Jay Cross, for his outstanding contributions to veterinary medicine and education.

With over 20 years of experience as a professor of reproductive biology and genetics at the University of Calgary, Dr. Cross has made significant advancements in understanding animal reproduction and development. His research on embryo implantation, fetal growth, and maternal adaptations to pregnancy has greatly improved veterinary care practices.

Beyond his academic achievements, Dr. Cross has shown exceptional leadership through various initiatives. He founded The 2050 Project, an educational program that encourages high school students to tackle global challenges and develop innovative solutions. As the Chief Instigation Officer at the McEachran Institute, he leads efforts to protect the health of animals, people, and ecosystems by promoting skills and capacity in veterinary medicine and related professions.

"Dr. Cross is an extraordinary individual who has devoted his career to making a positive impact in veterinary medicine,” comments Debbie Thompson, Vice President, Academic, Olds College of Agriculture & Technology. “His commitment to fostering innovative thinking among students and addressing the challenges of the 21st century perfectly aligns with our values at Olds College."

"We are thrilled to Honourary Dr. Cross with the 2023 Olds College Honourary Degree,” said Dr. Ben Cecil, President, Olds College of Agriculture & Technology. “His expertise in reproductive biology and genetics, coupled with his dedication to empowering students to tackle future problems, makes him a truly deserving recipient of this prestigious award."


The Olds College Honourary Degree recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to their fields and demonstrated a commitment to excellence and innovation. Dr. Cross's unwavering dedication to advancing veterinary medicine and inspiring the next generation of problem solvers makes him a worthy recipient of this esteemed accolade.

Dr. Cross was presented with the 2023 Olds College Honourary Degree during the Convocation ceremony on June 3, 2023. His exceptional achievements and groundbreaking contributions continue to inspire future generations of veterinary professionals.

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