Biographies

SOME OF THIS YEAR’S PRESENTERS:

Dr. Bruce Wobeser DVM, MVetSc, PhD, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary PathologistsWobeser1

Dr. Wobeser grew up in Saskatoon and graduated from the WCVM in 1995. He worked in small animal private practices in Saskatoon and Calgary from 1995 to 2004 before returning to the WCVM to earn his Master’s, PhD, and board certification in pathology. As of 2010, he has been on the faculty of the WCVM where he teaches second- through fourth-year students in pathology and pursues his research interests of neoplasia, papillomaviruses, and sarcoids. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Wobeser partakes in board games, canoeing, fishing, and camping, and enjoys spending any time he can with his wife and children.

Dr. Chris Clark BA, VetMb, MVetScClark1

Dr. Clark grew up in the south of England in a town called Crowborough (fans of Sherlock Holmes will recognize the name) and earned his veterinary degree from Cambridge University. He came to the WCVM in 1996 and completed his residency in large animal internal medicine before briefly returning to the UK for a year to practice in Aspatria. Dr. Clark is one of four clinicians supervising the large animal medicine service provided by the WCVM’s Veterinary Medical Center which deals with both primary and referral cases as well as the instruction of students in their fourth-year rotations. His research interests include cattle lameness, control of infectious disease, and clinical pharmacology – the last of which drew him to become involved with the Canadian gFARAD. For fun, Dr. Clark leads scout troops as they embark on hiking, camping, and canoe trips, and also enjoys home improvement.

Dr. Joe Stookey BSc, MSc, PhD

Originally from a small farm outside of Lebanon in southern Illinois, Dr. Stookey completed his Master’s on ruminant nutrition and his PhD in applied ethology on swine aggression at the University of Illinois before he joined the faculty at the WCVM in 1999. As an applied animal behaviorist, Dr. Stookey’s research interests center on the maternal and social behavior of cattle, swine, and sheep which he hopes can be used to improve the productivity and welfare of food animals. He also lectures first-year students on basic animal behavior principles and gives presentations to food animal producer organizations. Dr. Stookey is happily married with four children and he loves to spend time with them and their families. He also enjoys managing his herd of Speckle Park cattle and relishes any opportunity to explore the diversity of the natural world.

Dr. Kate Robinson BSc, DVM, MVetSc, Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary PractitionersRobinson1

Dr. Robinson was raised in Bracebridge, Ontario but earned her DVM from St. George’s School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada. She came to the WCVM in 2008 in order to fulfill the clinical requirements for her veterinary medical degree and has stayed here ever since, ultimately completing her internship and residency in equine field service. Dr. Robinson is currently engaged in research on the prevalence of obesity and the quantification of fecal sand levels in the local horse population, and is also investigating alternative modalities for treating caudal heel pain in horses. She truly loves her job as it gives her the opportunity to help horses and their owners, and she keeps busy with the local equine community through her presentations for various groups and events such as the Grasswood Fillies and the Equine Expo. In her downtime, Dr. Robinson delights in spending time with her husband – whether that be hiking or going on road trips – and also enjoys riding her horse, playing golf, and painting.

Dr. Casey Gaunt DVM, MVetSc, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal MedicineGaunt1

Dr. Gaunt received his DVM from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine before coming to the WCVM to complete an internship in 2006 and a residency in 2010. He practiced as an internal medicine specialist for a year in Naples, Florida but ultimately returned to the WCVM where he coordinates the small animal medicine rotation for fourth-year students. In addition to this, Dr. Gaunt pursues his research on the effects of shock-dose fluid therapy on NT-proBNP and coagulation profiles as well as alternative chemotherapeutic protocols for canine lymphoma. He is also interested in respiratory disease and medical neurology and when he has a moment to relax, he enjoys skiing, music and theater.

Dr. Jordan Woodsworth DVM

Dr. Woodsworth will be speaking at Vetavision about the WCVM’s Northern community spay and neuter programs where students and faculty travel to First Nation’s groups in Saskatchewan to deliver much needed surgical and medical assistance. You can read more about her incredible works on WCVM Today or come to Vetavision this October and find out first hand!

Mr. Jared Epp

Mr. Epp has been grazing sheep for vegetation management for 11 years with the use of border collie dogs. He is currently shepherding a flock of 422 sheep for the Meewasin Valley Authority in Saskatoon. During the off-season Jared’s primary focus is training working border collies for himself as well as for customers. He has given countless public demonstrations and tutors students using lessons and clinics on the proper use of dogs to move livestock. At this year’s Vetavision, Mr. Epp will be demonstrating the use of a stockdog for low-stress livestock handling and will also be providing insight into both how and why these dogs perform this task so effectively.

OTHER INCREDIBLE VETERINARIANS:

Dr. Trish Dowling BSc, DVM, MSc, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology

Dr. Dowling was born in St. James in Smithtown, New York but her family traveled with the U.S. space program so she moved through several states before eventually landing in Texas where she spent the majority of her early life. She graduated from Texas A&M before completing an internship at North Carolina State University and then practiced for a year in rural North Carolina and another year outside of Cleveland, Ohio. She subsequently completed both a residency and a Master’s degree at Auburn University in Alabama before coming to the WCVM in 1993. Dr. Dowling teaches veterinary pharmacology and established a third-year elective course on mindful practice and achieving work-life balance – the only course of its kind anywhere in veterinary medicine. She is involved in research on antibiotics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in food animals, and consults with veterinarians regarding prudent drug therapy. Additionally, she runs the Canadian Global Food Animal Residues Avoidance Databank (gFARAD), a national food safety databank. For fun, Dr. Dowling likes to run marathons, do equestrian endurance riding, and engage in mindful meditation.

Dr. Todd K. Shury DVM, B.Sc. Wildlife Health Specialist, Parks Canada

Dr. Todd Shury is a 1993 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and has always had a fascination with wildlife and outdoor pursuits. Consequently, he has worked primarily with free-ranging wildlife and zoo animals ever since graduation: as an associate veterinarian at the Calgary Zoo, a wildlife veterinarian since 1994 and on numerous wildlife projects throughout Canada. He considers zoo and wildlife veterinarians to be the ultimate ‘general practitioners’ due to the range of species they work with (from marine mammals to invertebrates) and the many different circumstances under which the animals are examined (anaesthesiology, pathology, surgery). He is currently the wildlife veterinarian for the Parks Canada Agency and oversees wildlife health, chemical immobilization training, animal care and disease issues in 42 national parks across the country. He has been a civil servant embedded in the WCVM since 2004. He is also a past president of the Canadian Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in epidemiology in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences in his spare time.

Dr. Jerry Haigh BVMS, MRCVS, M.Sc.  Diplomate, American College of Zoological Medicine

Dr. Jerry Haigh is a Kenya-born, Glasgow graduate veterinarian whose career-long experience with wildlife has spanned four decades and four continents. He has worked on species ranging from elephants to wild dogs and polar bears to pelicans. He has written three books about wildlife. They include Wrestling With Rhinos: The Adventures of a Glasgow Vet in Kenya (2002); The Trouble With Lions: A Glasgow Vet in Africa (2008) and Of Moose and Men: A Wildlife Vet’s Pursuit of the World’s Largest Deer (2012). He is a member of Storytellers of Canada – Conteurs du Canada and lives near Saskatoon with Joanne, his wife of 43 years and an old Labrador named Caesar.