John Vanleeuwen, DVM, PhD - ChAIR

John as more than 23 years of veterinary research and teaching experience in Canada, Latin America, and Africa. He has been on the Farmers Helping Farmers' BOD in PEI, as a director, as Vice-Present, and as President.

claire card - vice-chair

Claire has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian in research, teaching and clinical service in animal reproduction (theriogenology). She is the past president of the American College of Theriogenologists, the veterinary specialists in reproductive medicine, and past board member of the Society for Theriogenology and the Theriogenology Foundation.

Jennifer Ogeer, DVM, MSc. MBA - treasurer

Jennifer has been a veterinarian for 21 years and has spent several years in academic teaching, research, clinical practice and administration as an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.

Joanne Owens -  Secretary

Joanne Owens is Program Manager at CARE Canada (Ottawa Headquarters). She has over 25 years of experience in International Development including 17 years of working with Volunteer Cooperation Agencies including Canada World Youth, Oxfam-Quebec, World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and Cuso International. 

Jessica Bedford

After 17 years working in communications and marketing, Jessica recently shifted gears and has taken on the role of Chief Operating Officer at Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC). AS COO, Jessica is responsible for leading the operational activities of the association and ensuring that all of SAC’s projects and initiatives are in line with the association’s mission and vision.

katie clow, DVM, PhD Candidate

Since the foundation of Vets Without Borders, Katie has been an active volunteer with the organization. Katie completed her veterinary education at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).

chip coombs

Dr. Chip Coombs has been involved in both large and small clinical practice for the past 40 years, including running a multi-vet practice in Toronto for 33 years, as well as working in the U.K., the U.S. and different provinces in Canada.

Sonia Fèvre, MSC

Sonia Fèvre is a Franco-British international development and campaigns specialist who has worked for international NGOs in the field of community health and development, volunteer mobilisation and environmental campaigning. She led Vets without Borders-Canada’s work in Southeast Asia as Regional Director from 2009-15, establishing sustainable community farming and animal health worker programmes in Laos and Cambodia, as well as developing regional capacity building in Ecohealth practice and research.

Duane Landals

Duane has been in clinical, mixed animal practice for 25 years. He owned and managed a large veterinary practice for 35 years and served as registrar and CEO of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (veterinary statutory/licensing body) for 15 years. 

Melissa McLaws

Dr. Melissa McLaws graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. After a couple of years in mixed practice, she returned to study and obtained a PhD in Epidemiology from U of Guelph in 2005. During this time, she worked as a field epidemiologist in the large foot and mouth (FMD) outbreak in the United Kingdom in 2001.

Adam Little, DVM

Adam was a student intern for VWB in Tanzania in 2010 working in the Souther Highlands to develop and implement a vaccination and teaching model for poultry production. He became the same project coordinator and lead for the summer student interns of 2014

Dr. Sylvain Quessy

Dr. Sylvain Quessy is a 1984 graduate of the University of Montreal (DVM).  He worked as a private practitioner and as a meat hygienist for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) before the completion of his PhD in microbiology and immunology (Montreal, 1994).

dale smith

Dr. Dale Smith is a veterinarian and a Professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph which is located in Guelph, Ontario. After completing her veterinary degree she spent three years in a combined clinical medicine and pathology program shared between the Toronto Zoo and the University of Guelph.


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