Board of Directors

Cécile Aenishaenslin

Cécile Aenishaenslin, DVM, PhD

Cécile Aenishaenslin is a professor in the department of pathology and microbiology in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Université de Montréal. She is a veterinarian who holds a master's in international studies (2009) and a doctorate in epidemiology (2015, Université de Montréal). 

John Vanleeuwen, Chair

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.

Katie Clow, Vice Chair

katie clow, DVM, PhD 

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).

Jennifer Ogeer, Treasurer

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.

Claire Card

claire card, DVM, PhD

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.

Chip Coombs

chip coombs, DVM 

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.

Carol Dolbel

Carol Dolbel

Carol comes to the VWB/VSF Board with over 10 years’ experience in international cooperation combined with a strong background in governance.  She is passionate about gender equality and firmly believes that international volunteer cooperation is an effective means of delivering development results.

Carol acquired significant capacity in volunteer recruitment, training, management and public engagement while working on the Uniterra volunteer program for World University Service of Canada (WUSC). She later managed WUSC’s volunteer cooperation program in Haiti and was responsible for identifying partners, deploying volunteers, developing project management tools and training staff in their use.

Sonia Fèvre

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 Landals, DVM

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. 

Anna MacKay

Anna MacKay, DMV, M.Sc.

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).

Sylvain Quessy

Sylvain Quessy, DVM

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

dale smith,DVM, DVSc

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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