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::Meet our contributors::

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Signe Andersen, DVM

Dr. Andersen completed her DVM at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark in 2004. After locum positions in mixed practice and large animal practice in Denmark, she moved to Prince Edward Island to pursue a PhD in Epidemiology at the Atlantic Veterinary College.

 

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Régine Bélanger, DVM


Dr. Bélanger was born and raised in a loving family from Montréal, Canada. She received her DVM from the Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire, University of Montréal. She then went on to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island where she also adopted her crazy dog, Jack. After this she then completed a surgical internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego, California. She has taught elective surgeries to the senior students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, where she is currently completing a Small Animal Surgery Residency and a Master's degree in Veterinary Sciences.

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Shauna Blois, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM


Dr. Shauna Blois graduated with BSc from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick followed by a DVM from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in 2004. She completed a small animal rotating internship followed by a combined residency/Doctor of Veterinary Science program in small animal internal medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario. Shauna is currently a faculty member of the small animal internal medicine department at the Ontario Veterinary College and enjoys canoeing and triathlons.

 

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Shelley Burton, MSc, DVM, DACVP


A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Dr. Shelley Burton graduated with distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. Following 6 years in private small animal practice, she did her Master of Science graduate work and clinical pathology training at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) at the University of Prince Edward Island. Dr. Burton became board certified in clinical pathology by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) in 1994. She is an associate professor at the AVC in Charlottetown, PEI, where her duties include teaching, diagnostic work and research.

 

Dr. Carey is a 2006 graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, PEI. She is currently working as part of the Community Practice Service at the AVC.

 

 

Tara Chapman, DVM, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

Alta Vista Animal Hospital, Ottawa, ON, Canada

 

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Teresa Cheng, DVM, MSc, DACVECC

Teresa was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2003. Teresa practiced as an emergency veterinarian in Issaquah, Washington for 1 year prior to pursing a residency in emergency and critical care at the Ontario Veterinary College (2004 – 2007). The west coast has drawn her back home and she is currently practicing at Canada West Veterinary Specialists & Critical Care Hospital in Vancouver. In her spare time, Teresa enjoys everything BC has to offer!

 
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Cynthia Collins, DVM


Dr. Collins spent three years in type 2 diabetes mellitus research before being accepted to the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island. She graduated in 2006 and then completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, CT. Dr. Collins is currently a small animal practitioner in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley in Alaska.

 

 

Brandie Cox, DVM


Dr. Cox graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2004 and did one year of day practice in Dallas, Texas. Since that time she has been practicing emergency medicine, currently at an emergency hospital in Denton, Texas. Dr. Cox also belongs to a National Veterinary Medical Assistance Team for disaster aid.

 

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David Eisenbart, DVM


Dr. Eisenbart is a clinician at the Calgary Animal Referral and Emergency Centre, Calgary, Alberta. Dr. Eisenbart graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (Saskatoon, SK) in 2004 and completed a rotating small animal internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College (Charlottetown, PE) in 2004-2005. He practiced in eastern Canada for three years before returning to his hometown to practice solely emergency veterinary medicine.

 

 
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Victor Erenberg, DVM


Dr. Erenberg completed his DVM at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada in 2006. He then completed a surgical and internal medicine internship at California Animal Hospital in Los Angeles, California in 2007. He is currently practicing at Malibu Coast Animal Hospital in Malibu, California. Dr. Erenberg's special veterinary interest is in rattlesnake bites in the dog and cat. His hobbies include snow skiing and surfing.

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Peter Foley, BSc, MSc, DVM, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

Assistant Professor (contract), Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island

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Lisa Freeze, DVM


Dr. Freeze grew up on a dairy farm in New Brunswick. She attended Nova Scotia Agricultural College before being accepted to the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Dr. Freeze graduated in 2006 and is currently a large animal practitioner in the Moncton, New Brunswick area.

 

 

Associate Professor, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island

 

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Jessica Graham, DVM


Dr. Graham graduated from Ontario Veterinary College in 2005 and is currently practicing small animal medicine. She is a strong believer in problem based learning and has facilitated at Tufts University – Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts and at McMaster University in Ontario. During her spare time she enjoys running and many other outdoor activities with her husband, 8 month old daughter and 3 year old dog.

 

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Spencer Greenwood, MSc, PhD, DVM

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology & Research Scientist with AVC Lobster Science Centre, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island

Spencer obtained his DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1999 and has an MSc in Zoology from the University of Guelph (1987) and a PhD in Biochemistry-Molecular Biology from Dalhousie University (1994). His teaching focus is in veterinary parasitology, specifically protozoan and arthropod parasites. His major research focuses on applying the tools of molecular biology to understand host-pathogen interactions in a wide range of parasites, pathogenesis of disease in crustaceans and the identification of molecular markers associated with moult, reproductive cycles and immune response of the American lobster. Hobbies: ...running, of course!

 

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Meidrym Hebda, DVM

Dr. Meidrym Hebda is originally from a sheep farm in Nova Scotia. He graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2007, but due to his tendency to have serious and unusual accidents has foresworn clinical work to pursue regulatory medicine as well as foreign animal disease and epidemiology issues. He currently works with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in Sarnia, Ontario. In his spare time he likes to study foreign languages and ancient history.

 

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Debra Henderson, BSc, DVM, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

After graduating from Texas A&M College of Veterinary medicine, Debby worked in general and emergency practices in Texas and Canada where her main focus was internal medicine and critical care. She completed her three-year Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the Calgary Animal Referral and Emergency (CARE) Centre in Calgary, Alberta, and is currently staff internist at the Western Veterinary Specialist and Emergency Centre, also in Calgary.

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Marti Hopson, BFA, MMus, DVM

Marti Hopson was born and raised on the shores of Lake Superior, but now makes her home on Prince Edward Island. She works as a staff veterinarian at the Atlantic Veterinary College providing elective surgery, dentistry and acupuncture services. Life with five animals and a three year old son means that she never has time to play the accordion.

 

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Bridgette Houssen, DVM

Dr. Bridgette Houssen graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 2007. She then completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the California Animal Hospital in Los Angeles, California. She currently works as an emergency veterinarian in East Greenwich, Rhode Island and Swansea, Massachusetts. She has a special interest in small animal internal medicine and emergency and critical care. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, enjoying the outdoors, listening to live music, and spending time with her Border Collie and two cats.

 

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Robin Jaeger, DVM

Dr. Jaeger is a graduate of the University of Florida and completed an internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. She currently practices emergency medicine at the East End Veterinary Emergency Center in NY.

 

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Aime K Johnson, DVM, DACT

Dr. Aime Johnson earned her DVM in 2000 from North Carolina State University. Following graduation, she spent five years in private practice in north central Texas working primarily with horses. She school to complete a residency in theriogenology at Texas A&M from 2005-2007, and received her board certification with the American College of Theriogenologists in August 2007. She is currently on faculty at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, AL. Her teaching interests are all aspects of equine theriogenology including stallion management and assisted reproductive techniques.

 

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Megan Jones, DVM, DACVP

Dr. Jones was born and raised in St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. After graduating from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2005, she participated in the Envirovet Summer Program in conservation medicine in Florida and South Africa. In 2006, she started a 3-year residency in anatomic pathology with an emphasis on zoo and wildlife species with the University of California, Davis and the Zoological Society of San Diego. In 2009, she became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and began a fellowship in amphibian pathology at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Her interests include diseases of free-ranging wildlife, reproductive pathology, and infectious disease pathology and diagnostics.

 

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Agnieszka Kent, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Dr. Kent graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in 2007. She then completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario. She then completed a 3-year combined Residency in Cardiology-Master's program at the Ohio State University and is currently in private referral practice in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her husband and dog.

 

 

Greg Kilburn, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

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Agatha Kisiel, DVM, MSc, DACVS

Dr. Kisiel graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2007. She completed a 1-year rotating surgical-medical internship followed by a 3-year dual Residency in Small Animal Surgery-Master's of Science program, all at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. She is currently on faculty at the Ontario Veterinary College where she teaches veterinary students and surgeons-in-training. Dr. Kisiel loves the outdoors, and especially the mountains. She is looking forward to getting a dog and a motorcycle in the future.

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Carolyn Legge, BSc, MSc, DVM, DACVP

Dr. Legge was born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada.  She completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in spring 2000.  She went on to obtain a Masters of Science degree from the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) in spring 2005 before attaining her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in spring 2007. Following graduation, Dr. Legge spent six months working in a small animal private practice in Rothesay, New Brunswick. She then successfully completed a 3-year Residency in Anatomic Pathology and a second Master's of Science degree at the Atlantic Veterinary College, and currently lives and works in New Brunswick, Canada.

 

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Jan Lovy, PhD

Dr. Lovy received his Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Aquaculture, from Unity College in Maine. He then worked at a fisheries laboratory for the Division of Fish and Wildlife in New Jersey for one year. Following this he went on to complete a PhD at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island focusing on the pathology of fish. His research interests include investigating the pathology of farmed/wild fish and studying the inflammatory responses in fish to see how they compare to higher vertebrates.

 

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Rebecca Manley, DVM, DACVR

Dr. Manley graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2005 and worked in an emergency clinic for two years before deciding to return to academia. She recently completed a small animal rotating internship, and a diagnostic imaging internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College before her radiology residency at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Manley currently is a radiologist at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA. She enjoys cooking, participating in several sports, and taking her 2 dogs for runs on the beach.

 

Shannon Martinson, DVM, MSc, DACVP

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PE, Canada


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Kim McCallum, DVM


Dr. McCallum graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2006 and completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2007. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with her husband and daughter, and is currently practicing emergency medicine.
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Jen McCarron, BSc Agr, DVM

Dr. McCarron is from Nova Scotia and did her undergraduate degree at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. In 2005 she graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island. After graduation, she worked for a summer in Ireland as a recruiter for Amnesty International before returning to Canada to start practicing veterinary medicine. She spent one year in a mixed food animal practice in Manitoba and has since returned to the AVC to complete a residency program in ruminant production medicine, specializing in Dairy and working towards a Master's degree in epidemiology. Her research topic is the evaluation of on-farm diagnostic tests for mastitis. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, camping, gardening and just about anything else outdoors.

 

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Harold C. McKenzie III, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Large Animal Internal Medicine)

Dr. McKenzie is Assistant Professor of equine medicine at Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center. He earned his DVM from the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. Following graduation, Dr. McKenzie joined Monocacy Equine Veterinary Associates, a private equine practice in Montgomery County, Maryland, where he practiced until 1995. He entered the Equine Internal Medicine Residency program at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in January 1995 and earned a Master of Science in Veterinary Medical Sciences from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Dr. McKenzie served as a clinical instructor in equine medicine at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center from 1998 to 2003, and was promoted to his current position in 2003. Dr. McKenzie's research interests include aerosol therapy, respiratory disease, critical care and endocrinology.

 

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Dave McRuer, MSc, DVM

Director of Veterinary Medicine, Wildlife Center of Virginia

Dave is from East Gore, Nova Scotia, Canada and has a long-time interest in population biology/ecology, natural history and wildlife medicine. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick (1999), and then a Master of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario (2001). From 2001-2005, Dave attended the Atlantic Veterinary College and acquired his veterinary degree. After graduating, he conducted an internship in Zoological Medicine, Exotics, and Wildlife from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (2005-2006). Dave took a residency training position with the Wildlife Center of Virginia (WCV) in July 2006 where he is specializing in Preventative Medicine/Veterinary Public Health. Since August 2007, Dave has taken the additional role of Director of Veterinary Services at WCV. Research interests include zoonotic disease, infectious diseases of wildlife, and avian medicine and surgery.

 

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Tim McQuaid, MSc, DVM

Dr. McQuaid received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Prince Edward Island in 1999. He went on to attain a Master of Science degree from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2002 before attaining his veterinary degree in 2005. After graduation, Dr. McQuaid spent a year and a half in small animal practice in Moncton, New Brunswick. He is currently employed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (Government of Canada) in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He is married with two children: Cameron and Kristian. His hobbies include running, biking, and soccer.

 

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Lisa Miller, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Lisa Miller was born and raised in Northeastern Montana. She obtained her DVM and PhD from Washington State University many many years ago! She is an anatomic pathologist by training. Currently she is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Atlantic Veterinary College.

 

Kelly D. Mitchell, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

Staff Internist, Toronto Veterinary Emergency Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

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Stephen Moffit, DVM

Dr. Moffitt is a 2007 graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. He completed a Small Animal rotating internship at the California Animal Hospital, where he now works as a general practitioner. Dr. Moffitt has adopted two sweet, but ill-behaved, dogs.

 

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Kathleen Mullins, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA


Dr. Mullins has been a veterinarian since 2006, when she graduated from the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a 1-year rotating medical-surgical internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada in 2006-2007, followed by a return to Mississippi State for a 3-year dual Residency in Surgery-Master's of Science program. Dr. Mullins is now staff surgeon at Veterinary Regional Referral Hospital in Decatur, AL.
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Jeremy Orr, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Dr. Orr graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in 2004. He then completed a one year rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario in 2004-2005. For two years, he worked in private and emergency practice prior to completing a joint Residency in Cardiology-Doctorate of Veterinary Science at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2007-201. He currently practices referral-level cardiology at the VCA-Aurora Animal Hospital in Aurora, IL.

 

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Jennifer D Parkes, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Jennifer grew up in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She received a BSc in biology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia before completing her DVM at the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, PEI in 2004. Jennifer then went on to a 1 year small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship at Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Atlanta, Georgia followed by a 3-year neurology/neurosurgery residency at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Dr. Parkes is now staff neurologist at Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Atlanta, GA.

 

 

Melissa Parsons-Doherty, DVM

A native of Newfoundland, Canada, Dr. Parsons- Doherty completed her DVM at the Atlantic Veterinary College. She then went on to small-animal and oncology internships at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in New Jersey and the University of Georgia, as well as residencies at Ohio State University and Louisiana State University. She is currently staff oncology clinician at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph.


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Cory Pinel, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Dr. Pinel began his post-secondary education at the University of Calgary where he obtained a Bachelors of Science in Zoology. From there, he moved one province east where he obtained his doctor of veterinary medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In pursuit of specialty small animal training, Cory completed a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island. With a dream to become a veterinary surgeon now firmly implanted, Dr. Pinel traveled south of the border and served as a surgical intern for one year at the Wheat Ridge Veterinary Specialists in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Missing the frigid cold of his birth place, he moved further north in the following year to work as a research associate in the Surgical Research Laboratory at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota. He completed a small animal surgical resident at Florida Veterinary Specialists in Tampa, Florida. Cory then returned as a surgeon at Wheat Ridge Veterinary Specialists in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Cory has one dog, Nugget, and enjoys snowboarding, and performing very loud (and often inaccurate) renditions of his favourite songs on his guitars during his free time.

 

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Nicole Piscitelli, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Dr. Piscitelli is a native of Rochester, NY. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Nazareth College of Rochester in 2002. She then went on to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island in 2006. Following graduation from veterinary school she completed a one year rotating internship in medicine and surgery, followed by a one year cardiology internship at Florida Veterinary Specialists in Tampa, Florida. She completed a cardiology resident at Florida Veterinary Specialists, and currently practices at Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Atlanta, GA. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Christopher Piscitelli (an AVC graduate), and their three dogs and two cats.

 

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Tracey K. Ritzman, DVM, DABVP-Avian

Dr. Ritzman graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from North Carolina State University in 1995. For the first year of her veterinary career she participated in an avian and exotics internship program with Kaytee Products, Inc. She remained on staff at Kaytee Products for several years after her internship with a focus on avicultural medicine and avian nutritional research. Dr. Ritzman became board certified in avian practice with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2002. Dr. Ritzman was a staff veterinarian at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts with the Avian/Exotics Section from 1998 until 2006, and staff veterinarian at Palm Glen Animal Hospital in Arizona from 2006-2010. Dr. Ritzman is currently avian and exotics specialist at Cascade Animal Hospital in Battle Creek, MI. Her clinical interests include avian endoscopy, avian nutrition, and pediatrics. Dr. Ritzman is also an active and highly sought-after speaker at veterinary conferences and seminars.

 

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Christa Robinson, DVM, MS, DACVO

Dr. Robinson grew up just outside of Rochester, NY. She received her BS degree at University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in Biology, and is a 2005 graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island, Canada. She completed a one year rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at Long Island Veterinary Specialists, and the went on to complete a one year ophthalmology internship there as well. She completed a combined Ophthalmology residency and MS degree at The Ohio State University in 2010 and is currently staff ophthalmologist at MedVet Medical and Cancer Center for Pets in Columbus, OH.In her free time she enjoys spending time with her pets (two ferrets, two cats and one goofy Labrador), shopping, riding her motorcycle and exploring the (very flat) outdoor scene in the Midwest.

 

 

Lara Rose, DVM, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

Lara was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec and began her university career with a Bachelor’s of Agriculture in Animal Biology at McGill University. She then attended the University of Montreal where she completed her veterinary medicine degree. Following that, she headed to Canada’s smallest province and spent a year in Charlottetown, PEI where she finished an internship in small animal medicine and surgery. She returned to her alma mater at the University of Montreal to complete a combined Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine-Master's of Science program from 2006-2009, and is currently staff internist at Hopital Veterinaire Rive-Sud in Brossard, Quebec, Canada. She lives with her three cats (it takes at least four to be a crazy cat lady) and her interests include travel, reading, movies, discovering new restaurants and cooking.

 

 

Cathy Schaap, PhD

Anatomy Instructor, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada


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Cathy Schmall, DVM

A California native, Cathy had various occupations including wildlife biologist and substitute teacher before following her dream of becoming a veterinarian. Once accepted, she braved the Canadian weather for 4 years to attend the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, and was so glad she did. After graduation, she completed a year long internship program in Rochester, NY before returning to central California where she now works in general practice at a small animal clinic. Her hobbies include fixing up her older home, and playing cards and games with friends.

 

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Diana Schropp, DVM, DACVECC

Diana Schropp received her DVM from University of California at Davis in 1990. She completed a residency in Emergency and Critical Care at Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center in 2006 where she is currently on-staff. Her special interests include toxicities and critical care support.
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Jonathan Schnier, DVM, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

Dr. Schnier graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, in 2004. He then completed a rotating small animal internship at Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Tucson, Arizona, and a small animal internal medicine residency at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Dr. Schnier is staff internist at Sonora Veterinary Specialists in Arizona. Jonathan enjoys SCUBA diving, skydiving, kayaking, and alpine skiing.

 

 

Ameet Singh, DVM, DVSc, DACVS

Dr. Singh was born in Guelph, Ontario but moved to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island at 6 years of age. After completing his undergraduate degree at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick he pursued his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Following his training at the AVC, Dr. Singh returned to his birthplace for a small animal rotating internship followed by a small animal surgery residency at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) where he is now an assistant professor in small animal surgery. Dr. Singh loves playing sports in his spare time and one day hopes to travel the world!

 

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Robin Solomon, DVM

Dr. Solomon became a veterinarian in 1994 when she graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. She worked for several years in general practice in Plattsburgh, NY and Burlington, VT and currently resides and works in the tri-state area.

 

Brett Sponseller, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Large Animal Internal Medicine)

Dr. Sponseller obtained his DVM degree at Cornell University in 1994, followed by a 3-year residency at the University of California-Davis and a PhD at Iowa State University. He was named ACVIM Hero in Medicine in 2010 for his work identifying the anthropomorphic/reverse zoonotic potential of H1N1 influenza virus. He is currently Associate Professor at Iowa State University in Ames, IA.


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Soraya Tafadzwa Sayi, BVSc, MVSc, DACVP

Dr. Sayi was born and raised in the south of Zimbabwe, a small landlocked country in southern Africa. She graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science Degree in 2005, after which Dr. Sayi joined the Department of Paraclinical Veterinary Studies at the UZ as a pathology resident. After a year and a few months at the UZ, she moved to Prince Edward Island, Canada to study at the University of Prince Edward Island. Dr. Sayi completed a combined Master's of Veterinary Science-Residency in Anatomic Pathology at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island in 2010 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology in 2011.

 

 

Karen M. Tefft, DVM, MVSc, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

Dr. Tefft completed her DVM at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She then completed a rotating small animal internship at Veterinary Specialists of South Florida (Cooper City, FL) in 2001-2002. She practiced emergency medicine in Florida for four years before moving to Canada to complete a combined Master's of Veterinary Science-Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine from 2006 to 2009 at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) in Charlottetown, PEI. She was then small animal clinical internist at AVC for 2 years before returning to the midwest where she is now clinician in internal medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Ohio State University in Columbus.

 

 

Erica Tyre, DVM

Staff veterinarian, Atla Vista Animal Hospital, Ottawa, ON, Canada


 

Torrey N. Tyrrell, DVM

Dr. Tyrrell completed his undergraduate studies at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH, receiving a bachelor of science degree in marine and freshwater biology. Shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree he moved to Cody, Wyoming (just outside Yellowstone National Park) where he was a member of Park County Search and Rescue, assisting with their canine search team. In 2000 Dr. Tyrrell moved to Rhode Island and worked as a veterinary technician and hospital manager until acceptance to a DVM program in 2003. In 2007 Dr. Tyrrell received his DVM from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Currently he is a small animal medicine and surgery intern at Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut in West Hartford, CT. Dr. Tyrrell is pursuing a position as a surgical resident or surgical intern.

Dr. Tyrrell has a wonderful wife (Mara), 2 daughters (Abby and Zoe) and 2 German Shepherds (Kota and Stretch).

 

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Fabienne D. Uehlinger, Med. Vet., PhD, DACVIM (Large Animal Internal Medicine)

Dr. Uehlinger is a native of Switzerland where she graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Berne, in 2002. She worked as a veterinarian in a mixed animal practice in Switzerland in 2003. Dr. Uehlinger received a PhD in Epidemiology from the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 2008. She completed her residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the Atlantic Veterinary College from 2007-2010.

Dr. Uehlinger is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.

 

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Ines Walther, MVSc, DVM

Dr. Walther completed both her Bachelor of Science and DVM degrees at the University of Guelph and the Ontario Veterinary College, respectively. In 2005, she accepted her position as a graduate student at UPEI with co-supervisors Dr. Pierre-Yves Daoust and Dr. Lisa Miller from the Department of Pathology and Microbiology. She completed the MVSc portion in March, 2008. Dr. Walther is an avid proponent of environmental and agricultural sustainability with the enhancement of wildlife health and habitat. She is a member of Veterinarians without Borders/Veterinaires sans Frontieres. Her interests are broad, but the dearest to her heart is her desire to help raise awareness of today's environmental challenges, most specifically the ones related to the vast monocultures of human food production and the loss of agricultural diversity and therefore ecosystem diversity. It will be Dr. Walther's attempt throughout her life to practice conservation and to possibly teach others to have the same respect for our planet.

 

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Wendela Wapenaar, DVM, PhD, DABVP-Dairy

Dr. Wapenaar completed her DVM at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht, The Netherlands. After a few months working as mixed practitioner in The Netherlands she moved to a small village in the Waikato, New Zealand to focus on dairy cattle work but also taking care of companion animals in the local community. After 2 years of thoroughly enjoying New Zealand, a new challenge appeared and she moved to Prince Edward Island on the Canadian East Coast where she completed a Residency in Ruminant Farm Animal Medicine at the Atlantic Veterinary College. After discovering her interest for veterinary research at AVC, she also completed her PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology. Her research topic was the epidemiology of Neospora caninum in dairy cattle and wildlife on Prince Edward Island. After almost 4 years in Canada, it was time for a more temperate climate and she moved to the Midlands in the UK. After some time in bovine practice in Derby, she started her current job at the new School of Veterinary Medicine and Science in Nottingham as Clinical Lecturer in Large Animal Medicine and Epidemiology. The 5-year veterinary degree in Nottingham took in their first students in 2006 and has developed an innovative curriculum and learning environment. In 2007, Dr. Wapenaar became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP-Dairy Specialty).

 

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Maureen Wichtel, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Large Animal Internal Medicine)

Dr. Wichtel is currently an assistant professor in large animal medicine at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island. She received her veterinary degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985, did an internship at Iowa State University and a residency at North Carolina State University. She received board certification in Large Animal Medicine in 1994. In 1991, Dr Wichtel took up a position as an assistant lecturer in veterinary anesthesia at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. During her stay in NZ, Dr Wichtel also taught medicine to fourth and final year veterinary students, acted as a consultant to local equine veterinary practitioners, and enrolled in a PhD program. She received her PhD soon afer moving to Canada. Dr Wichtel’s areas of interest include neonatology, gastrointestinal physiology, acid/base and electrolyte disorders, and equine respiratory disease. Her current area of research is investigating pulmonary function in poor performing racing Standardbreds with inflammatory airway disease. Dr Wichtel lives in Kingston, PEI with her husband (who is also a veterinarian) and two teenage daughters.

 

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Brandon Witherby, DVM

Dr. Witherby was born and raised in Pasadena, CA. He went to Cal Poly Pomona and received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. He attended Atlantic Veterinary College at University of Prince Edward Island and graduated in 2006. He currently is working at a busy small animal practice in Southern California. He is married to his wonderful wife Kim. They have two dogs, 2 birds, and enjoy spending their free time camping, hiking, and traveling.

 

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Mellissa R.L. Yuen, DVM

Dr. Yuen was born in Scarborough, Ontario and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She attended Mount Allison University for a Bachelor of Science in Biology before being accepted into the Atlantic Veterinary College at UPEI. She graduated with her DVM in 2006 and is currently working as a small animal practitioner in sunny Honolulu, Hawaii. Her professional interests include travelling worldwide to gain various veterinary perspectives, providing volunteer or non-profit veterinary work in under developed nations, and alternative medicine including acupuncture and laser therapy for companion animals. Currently she is accompanied by her miniature schnauzer puppy named Yoshi who enjoys the outdoor adventures in Hawaii just as much as her owner!

 

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Ivan Zakharenkov, DVM

Dr. Zakharenkov is a native of the Ukraine where in 2000 he graduated from Kharkiv Veterinary University, Kharkiv, Ukraine. In 2006 Dr. Zakharenkov graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island with a DVM. In 2006-2007 he worked on establishing veterinary diagnostic laboratory in Moscow, Russia. Dr. Zakharenkov is currently an emergency veterinarian at Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital located in British Columbia, Canada. His professional interests include companion animal internal medicine, diagnostic imaging, critical care and emergency medicine.