Erin Fraser, DVM, MSc

Executive Director
Erin is a veterinarian and an epidemiologist. She completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Guelph in 1993. She is a 1998 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College. In 1999, she completed a Master of Science degree in epidemiology at the University of Guelph. Her MSc research was conducted in Honduras where she investigated the role of small livestock in hillside farm communities and cooperated with sociologists, agronomists, and farmers to identify the key constraints and opportunities related to small livestock health and production. Between 2000 and 2007, she worked as an epidemiologist at the Centre for Coastal Health on a variety wildlife health, risk assessment, zoonotic disease outbreak, and aquaculture projects. During the same period she also worked with the Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance at the Public Health Agency of Canada. Erin was a founding executive board member of VWB/VSF and in late 2007, was hired as its Program Director.

Mauro Pavone, DVM

Regional Program Manager, Africa
Mauro graduated as a veterinarian in 2002 in Italy. He practiced with cattle and buffaloes in Italy and moved to Kenya in 2004, starting his work in international cooperation through a UK based NGO first and then with VSF Germany. During 5 years with VSF-G he had the chance to work in both emergency and development projects with a strong focus on livestock health, market, community based animal health service delivery, food aid and livelihoods support, mostly in South Sudan, Tanzania and Kenya. Mauro then joined an Italian NGO working in Mozambique and more recently Myanmar, still focusing his job in development and multi-sectoral project linking food security, agriculture, livestock, nutrition, enterprise and forestry. Mauro has just been appointed by VSF-C as Africa Program Manager in Kenya.

Sonia Fèvre, MSc

Regional Program Manager, Asia
A specialist in community development and capacity building, Sonia has been with Vets without Borders since 2009. In that time she has launched VWB’s animal and community health projects in Laos and the wider SE Asia region. Sonia works with national universities, NGOs and community partners, as well as being privileged to collaborate with organizations around Southeast Asia (Cambodia, China, Laos, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam) to develop research and teaching capacities in Ecohealth.

Sonia thrives in the outdoors and is passionate about purposeful collaboration; she helps facilitate group processes with communities and regional networks.

Prior to joining VWB, Sonia developed training and capacity building on post-tsunami projects in Aceh, Indonesia with Right To Play and has worked on social mobilization campaigns related to climate change and corporate social responsibility (WWF-UK), urban regeneration, and health promotion (WHO Geneva).  She read Social Anthropology at King's College, University of Cambridge and completed her Masters in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London. So far she speaks English, French, Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia, is learning Lao, and has also volunteered and worked in India, Malaysia Chile, Ecuador, UK, Switzerland and Canada.

Margot Camoin, DVM

Veterinarian and Livelihoods Officer
Margot is a French veterinarian and epidemiologist who obtained her DVM in Lyon and her MSc in Animal Health and Epidemiosurveillance in Southern Countries (SAEPS) at the Centre for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research and Development (CIRAD), Montpellier. Before coming to Laos she worked in Wallis and Futuna, two very small islands in the Pacific ocean, focusing her work on pigs whose population exceeds the number of people living there!  As a new recruit of Vets without Borders, she is working to strengthen animal healthcare services and community health in Laos, and hopes it will help increase the well-being of these communities. 

She made the most of her student years by working as an intern in England, Spain, Guadeloupe, Madagascar, Mali, Philippines and Thailand, discovering the development side of veterinary work.  Yet her will to discover the world does not necessarily fit her passion for sport... Margot, travelling light? Never! She is always carrying around her sports gear be it a kite surf, rock-climbing shoes or lately a slackline.

Elena Garde, MSc

Regional Program Manager, Latin America
Elena has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Western College of Veterinary Medicine), a Diploma in International Animal Health (University of Edinburgh, Centre for Tropical Animal Diseases), and is in her final year of a research MSc (University of Edinburgh, Centre for Tropical Animal Diseases).

Her research interests are in disease ecology existing at the interfaces between humans, domestic animals- particularly domestic dogs, and wildlife- particularly terrestrial mammals. Elena has been a Veterinarians Without Borders/Vétérinaires Sans Frontiéres- Canada (VWB/VSF) member since the beginning of the organization in 2005, and formally joined the team full-time in April 2009. She is currently working as the Program Leader for Latin America, with their regional office located in Valdivia Chile. The mission in Latin America is to develop long term sustainable programs addressing the complex issue of domestic dog overpopulation, and the multiple urban, rural and wild habitat health effects resulting from these uncontrolled populations.

Ross Viner

Accounting Manager
“The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?”-Jeremy Benthem Since hearing those words as a small boy, Ross has always held an empathy for animals and their environment and can think of no better organization to work with than Canada’s “Veterinarians Without Borders”. Fearing a start date of April 1st was a joke, Ross insisted on April 2nd. Since then he has immensely enjoyed working with the wonderful people of VWB all over Canada and the globe. With 15 years of accounting behind him, Ross knows exactly what you are thinking. But trust him when he tells you that accounting actually isn’t nearly as exciting as it sounds. A varied career, from working for a successful dot com (later bought by Amazon) in the early 2000’s to dabbling in film (his first film scene was with Oscar nominee’s Chloë Sevigny and Stephen Rea), to working for Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson, Ross finds the work with VWB the most rewarding. Whatever you do, do not get him started about his impromptu duet with Rock legend and former Police front man, Sting which can be viewed here, here, or here.

Guillermo Pérez, MSc

Regional Program Coordinator, Latin America
Guillermo E. Pérez, is a native Chilean who lived most of his adult life in Canada. He has a technical diploma in Forestry from Sir Sandford Fleming College, a degree in Natural Resource Science from Thompson Rivers University and a master’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan, where he studied the migratory movements of a threatened Canadian songbird using state-of-the-art technologies; stable isotope and genetic techniques.

Guillermo joined the Veterinarians Without Borders/Vétérinaires Sans Frontières-Canada team, as the Latin American Research Director, in April 2009 to work on developing sustainable long-term community programs addressing the overpopulation of free-roaming dogs in Chile. His future career goals are to develop strong and long-lasting working relationships between the northern and southern hemisphere in the Americas and to help develop wildlife disease surveillance and ecohealth programs without borders.