Board of Directors


Frederic Sauve

Frédéric teaches and practices at the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire of the University of Montreal, Quebec, since 2003. This way, he has joined two major passions:  veterinary dermatology and teaching. Having a strong interest for administrative duties, Frédéric has served on different administrative committees of the Companion Animal Veterinary Hospital (University of Montreal), among which he has been the medical chief. On a personal note, Frédéric enjoys jogging, yoga and meditation: he believes in the motto of a healthy mind in a healthy body!


Kinga Gortel

Kinga is a veterinary dermatologist who has worked as a clinician, instructor, and lecturer in Canada and the US since 1999. She currently practices in the Okanagan Valley and teaches veterinary students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. She is particularly interested in resistant staphylococci and how they are changing the practice of veterinary dermatology. Kinga is a long-standing member of the CAVD. She is excited to work toward keeping the CAVD community connected, engaged, and informed. In her leisure time - if she can pull herself away from a good book - Kinga loves to cook, trail run with her dog, backcountry ski, and mountain bike in the BC interior.


Charlie Pye

Dr Charlie Pye grew up outside of London, England and moved to Prince Edward Island, which she now calls home, at the age of eighteen. There she attended the University of Prince Edward Island where she completed a three-year bachelor of science undergraduate degree majoring in Biology. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College, PEI. She then moved to Saskatoon to complete a one-year rotating internship at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her internship, she travelled back across the country for a Dermatology Residency at the Ontario Veterinary College. While at OVC, she also completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Science degree specializing in Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterial biofilms. After completing her residency she began working at Guelph Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Guelph, Ontario. During her time in Guelph she continued to travel back to PEI to teach the veterinary students at the Atlantic Veterinary College a few times a year. As of May 2018 she joined the team at the Atlantic Veterinary College as an assistant professor, and established the first ever Dermatology service at AVC. She has lectured all over North America and has contributed to multiple journals and textbooks. In her spare time she enjoys camping, crafting and spending time with her family!


Vincent Defalque

Vincent is excited to represent Canada at the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology (WAVD). He currently works at North West Veterinary Dermatology Services in Vancouver, BC and St. Albert, AB. His special clinical interests include the diagnosis and management of ear diseases in dogs and cats as well as feline dermatology. Vincent’s first passion is marine biology. He spends some of his free time skiing, biking, and enjoying ‘Super, Natural British Columbia’.


 Jangi Bajwa

Jangi worked in small animal practice in Vancouver for 10 years, before becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. He practices at Veterinary Dermatology & Ear Referral Medical Clinic in Surrey BC. He also provides dermatology services in Vancouver, Coquitlam and Winnipeg. He is a dermatology consultant with Veterinary Information Network (VIN), and is the dermatology feature editor for Canadian Veterinary Journal (CVJ). Jangi has a special interest in treatment of ear conditions, as these can often affect the patient’s quality of life and can become a chronic problem if not resolved adequately. He is also passionate about educating veterinary professionals and pet owners about dermatological conditions, in addition to management of allergic skin disease in dogs and cats. Besides taking every opportunity to spend time with his family, Jangi is an avid follower of sports in general. He specifically loves playing tennis, squash and going for runs.


Gabrielle BROSSEAU

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Gabrielle graduated from the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire of the University of Montreal, Quebec in 2016 and she completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at the same university in 2017. After her internship, Gabrielle completed a 3-year residency in dermatology at the DMV Veterinary Center in Montreal, and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in 2020. She currently works as a veterinary dermatologist at DMV-Lachine and DMV-North in Montreal and Blainville, Quebec. Gabrielle has special interest in systemic diseases with skin manifestations, in ectoparasites, and in educating veterinary professionals and pet owners about dermatological conditions. Outside of work she likes jogging, biking, gardening, and crafting.

Elizabeth GOODALE

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Dr. Goodale received her veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2011.  After graduating, she completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon Saskatchewan.  After her internship, she spent a year working in small animal emergency medicine in London, Ontario before moving to California for her dermatology residency.  She completed a 3-year residency at the University of California, Davis in 2016 and then worked as a staff dermatologist at UC Davis for an additional two years.  She moved home to Ontario in 2018 and joined the Veterinary Allergy Dermatology and Ear Referral Clinic located just outside of Guelph Ontario.   Her areas of interest include immune mediated diseases and equine dermatology.  She is a member of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology credentials committee and has recently joined the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology executive committee as a member at large.


Erin Locke

Erin completed her DVM degree at the Ontario Veterinary College in 1998. She spent 3 years in small animal practice in Mississauga before returning to the Ontario Veterinary College to begin a DVSc program in anatomic pathology. She completed this program and obtained board certification in 2004. She then joined Yager-Best Histovet as a diagnostic pathologist, where she received extensive training in dermatopathology by Dr. Julie Yager. Erin continued to work as a diagnostic pathologist for Antech Diagnostics, after it acquired Yager-Best Histovet in 2009. Erin is a member of the International Society for Veterinary Dermatopathology, and currently serves as Chair of the Dermatopathology service at Antech Diagnostics. In her spare time, Erin enjoys mountain biking, gardening, and spending time with her husband, 2 children, and 5 rats.

Meghan SOLC

Meghan Solc

Meghan grew up on a hobby farm in Brockville, Ontario. She received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2012 from the Atlantic Veterinary College in P.E.I., and continued to further her education by attending a rotating internship in Toronto. Her focus in dermatology grew in her final year of veterinary school and continued through her rotating internship. A career in dermatology was solidified during her second internship in dermatology in Toronto. During this year, her interest in multi-drug resistant organisms took the forefront. Meghan completed her residency with Dermatology for Animals and passed the board examination to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. She is passionate about continuing education and speaks often at local and occasional national venues to educate veterinarians.  She currently sees patients in several Dermatology for Animals locations in Ohio.

Jennie TAIT

Jennie Tait

Jennie brings a unique perspective to the CAVD, as a veterinary technician. She has over 35 years experience in veterinary medicine, including over 24 years at the Ontario Veterinary College. Jennie is one of the first members of the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians, holds RVT certificate #4, was on the organizing committee and is a Charter Member of the Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians, and is currently the only VTS (Dermatology) in Canada. Jennie currently works at the Veterinary Allergy Dermatology & Ear Referral (VADER) Clinic in Morriston, Ontario, where she continues to feed her passion for dermatology. Away from work, she enjoys the adventures of family life, hiking, painting and yoga.


Becky Valentine

Becky enjoys her involvement with the CAVD and being a part of the future of Veterinary Dermatology in Canada. She particularly enjoys working on the Empathy for Itch campaign, which is a collaborative project to raise awareness and share knowledge regarding allergies in animals. Becky owns and operates Calgary Pet Dermatology Centre. Her special interests include the diagnosis and management of allergic disease in dogs and cats, as well as the treatment and prevention of antimicrobial resistance in allergic dogs. Becky spends her free time with her amazing twins and their dogs Tula, Millie and Carlos. Together they travel, ski, walk and ride horses.

 Robert WARD 

Robert Ward

Robert graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Scotland in 2016 and worked in general practice in the south of England for 2 years. His interest in veterinary dermatology was piqued during the final year of vet school and he has developed it since. In 2018 he moved to Canada and started working as an emergency veterinarian in Ottawa. During this time he been involved in a journal club with local dermatologists, and has visited specialists and colleges across North America. Robert is particularly interested in the role of communication in veterinary dermatology. Outside of work he likes playing Touch Rugby and hiking. He also enjoys traveling (NAVDF and ESVD hold their conferences in pretty cool places) and sustaining his Boston Terrier's expensive life habit.

 Jennifer WILLANS

Jennifer Willans

Jen graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She has been board certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in Canine and Feline practice since 2004 and serves on the Examination Committee of this board. In 2006, Jen joined and became a partner in the Landing Animal Clinic in Calgary, where she practices full time. She has a special interest in veterinary dermatology. Jen has been very active with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, serving on the Companion Animal Committee, the Practice Inspection and Practice Standards Committee, and the Hearing Tribunal. Jen joined the Council of the ABVMA in 2008 and served as president in 2012. Jen has also served on the Calgary Academy of Veterinary Medicine board and the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Admissions Committee. She was the founding president of Tails of Help. Jen has been awarded the “Young Veterinarian of the Year” and received the “Meritorious Service Award” from the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association.