Dr Anna MacKay is a 1985 graduate of the University of Montreal (DVM) in veterinary medicine and holds a Master’s degree in Microbiology and Pathology (M.Sc.) from the University of Montreal (1995). She worked as a private practitioner with small animals at the beginning of her career and then joined the federal government in 1992 as a meat hygienist for the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency).
She worked in various regions of Quebec as a head veterinarian in slaughterhouses, then as an acting specialist in various meat hygiene and animal health programs in the Quebec Area of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Following this she worked in several positions in operations and in program division. In 2002, she was appointed RVO (Regional Veterinary Officer) in the Montreal East Region and project manager for the National Animal Health Strategy (NAHS). From 2008 to 2011 she held the positions of slaughterhouse coordinator and acting director of the Meat Inspection Branch at MAPAQ (Quebec Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food). In 2015, she took on the position of manager of the Establishment-based Risk Assessment in the Science and Food Safety Directorate at CFIA, and since April 2016 she has served as Director of Establishment–based Risk Assessment in the Food Safety Science Directorate of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in the National Capital Region (NCR), Ottawa.
Since 2013 she has served on the board of AVQMR (Association vétérinaires Québécoise de médecine de refuge). AVQMR a non-profit organization and is the first association of veterinarians in Canada to promote humane sheltering. It also helps veterinarians working in animal shelters. This association addresses important issues like euthanasia practices; animal cruelty laws, and procedures for standards of cares, and promotes sterilization with different low cost practices.