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CVMA Welcomes Three New Members to Committees

February 7, 2018

The CVMA is pleased to welcome Dr. Debbie Barr to the National Issues Committee (NIC), Dr. Emiko Wong to the Animal Welfare Committee (AWC), and Dr. Leighann Hartnett to the AWC and Environmental Advisory Group. All three veterinarians began their term on January 1, 2018.

Dr. Debbie Barr received a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Guelph in 1979 and 1983, respectively. Prior to joining the federal government, Dr. Barr worked in a small animal private practice in Kitchener for three years. Her government career began with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Food Production and Inspection Branch 31 years ago in Ontario in field operations and she currently works for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Animal Health Directorate. She has progressed through roles within the CFIA that have required increased levels of responsibility related to regulatory veterinary medicine and executive leadership. Dr. Barr is currently the Director, Animal Health, Welfare and Biosecurity in the Animal Health Directorate of the CFIA and is involved in providing professional leadership and managerial direction for the development and implementation of federal policies and programs aimed at managing domestic and foreign animal diseases and zoonoses risks to terrestrial and aquatic animal stocks and their products in Canada.

Dr. Emiko Wong graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal, in 1998, followed by anDr. Emiko Wong internship in avian medicine there. She has been the Chief Veterinarian at the Biodôme de Montréal since 2007, working in preventative and curative medicine of the Live Collections Department among many other responsibilities, including animal nutrition, zoonosis management, biosecurity protocol development and updating, and Montreal wildlife management. Dr. Wong worked on a raccoon immunization in urban areas campaign for seven summers between 2003 and 2012. She was the President of the Canadian Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians from 2015 to 2016 and its Vice-President from 2013 to 2014.

Dr. Leighann Hartnett grew up in Prospect Bay, N.S. She graduated from Dalhousie University and then attended the Atlantic Veterinary College. After graduation she began working as an equine practitioner in Massachusetts, where she worked on a variety of horses including the Boston Police Mounted Unit. In 2005, she returned home to Nova Scotia where she worked in a mixed practice for three years, focusing on small animal surgery and equine work. In 2008, Dr. Hartnett started working for the provincial government in N.S., as farm animal welfare veterinarian, Special Constable and Provincial Inspector, where she investigated complaints related to farm animal cruelty. She is now working with Nova Scotia Environment’s Environmental Health & Food Safety division to further develop programs for animal welfare and meat inspection. Dr. Hartnett lives in Truro, N.S., with her fiancé, two children, and three dogs. She has been a member of Nova Scotia’s Veterinary Medical Association for seven years and is currently Past-President. During her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, gardening and spending time with her family.