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CVMA Welcomes New Chair and Two New Members of National Issues Committee

January 29, 2019

Dr. Henry Ceelen – Chair of the National Issues Committee

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is pleased to welcome Dr. Henry Ceelen as the new chair of the CVMA’s National Issues Committee (NIC). Dr. Ceelen replaces Dr. Joanne Dias who has served as chair for the past three years, and has been a member of the NIC since 2011. We thank her for her years of dedication and expertise.

Dr. Ceelen is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College. He has been in private veterinary practice since graduation, and engaged primarily in large animal, predominantly bovine, clinical medicine and surgery for the last 25 years.

Dr. Ceelen graduated from the Dairy Health Management Certificate program in 1992. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Central Canada Veterinary Association, Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners (OABP), and the Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians (CABV). He served as the President of OABP in 2010, and the President of CABV in 2015. He was appointed as Secretary Treasurer of CABV in 2017.

His interest in veterinary affairs, and large animal background with his varied background as a leader in veterinary and related professional associations, will be an asset to the National Issues Committee.

CVMA also welcomes two new members of the NIC:

Dr. Nicole Jewett graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2005 and has been both a food animal, as well as a companion animal practitioner. She is currently a member of the Canadian Veterinary Reserve. Agriculture, food safety and veterinary medicine have always been a passion of hers. These experiences have given her a great perspective in the various aspects of general, production and regulatory medicine. Currently, Dr. Jewett is also involved in the New Brunswick Veterinary Medical Association as the deputy registrar. The position of deputy registrar has enabled her to learn from and take part in discussions, strategy development and regulations with the other regulatory bodies of our country in the interest of the veterinary profession. 

Dr. Ian Sandler is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Grey Wolf Animal Health, which was founded in March 2015, and is a private animal health company located in Toronto, Canada. After graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1994, Dr. Sandler practiced small animal medicine in the United States. He returned to Canada one year later and along with three colleagues founded the Ontario Veterinary Group (OVG) in 1999. OVG grew to be one of the largest privately-owned veterinary hospital groups in Canada with over 180 employees. Dr. Sandler practiced companion animal medicine at the Rosedale Animal Hospital, and his special interests included pain management, oncology, and internal medicine. In 2015, the OVG was sold to VCA Canada allowing Dr. Sandler to pursue his next entrepreneurial endeavor of Grey Wolf Animal Health. Dr. Sandler is a well-respected animal health expert and is frequently quoted and interviewed. He served on the Animal Health Technologist / Veterinary Technician Accreditation Committee of the CVMA from 2009 to 2016 and previously sat on the advisory board of Bloom Burton & Co., a Canadian healthcare investment bank. 

We look forward to both Dr. Jewett’s and Dr. Sandler’s perspective and expertise!