Executive Committee

PRESIDENT

Kinga Gortel photo with dogs for websiteKinga 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. As its current President, 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.


IMMEDIATE PAST-PRESIDENT

Vincent Defalque for webVincent DEFALQUE

Vincent is excited to represent Canada at the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology (WAVD) for the next four years.

Vincent currently works at North West Veterinary Dermatology Services in Vancouver. 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’.


TREASURER

Charlie PYECharlie Pye

Charlie Pye completed her veterinary degree at the Atlantic Veterinary College, PEI and her dermatology residency at the Ontario Veterinary College, Ontario. After completing her residency and becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, she began working at Yu of Guelph Dermatology at the Guelph Veterinary Specialty Hospital with the rest of the dermatology team. She also continues to travel back home to teach the veterinary students at the Atlantic Veterinary College, where she is now an Adjunct Professor.

Her special dermatology interests include immune mediated skin disease and bacterial biofilm formation leading to bacterial resistance.

In her spare time, she enjoys teaching Zumba, exploring the outdoors, reading and spending time with her family.


WAVD REPRESENTATIVE

Vincent DEFALQUE


GRANT CHAIR

Frédéric SAUVÉ Sauve Frederic for web

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!


MEMBERS-AT-LARGE

Bajwa Jangi for webJangi BAJWA

Jangi worked in small animal practice in Vancouver for 10 years, before becoming board certified with the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. Currently he practices at the Veterinary Dermatology & Ear Referral Medical Clinic in Vancouver. He also travels to Vancouver Island and to Saskatoon (Western College of Veterinary Medicine), providing referral dermatology services. His specific dermatology interests include improvement of quality of life for pets with dermatologic disease, treatment of ear disease and feline allergic skin disease.

Besides taking every opportunity to spend time with his family, Jangi loves watching a range of sports and enjoys playing tennis, squash, soccer and running.


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Lisa COLLIS

Lisa has worked in Edmonton in small animal practice since 2004 when she graduated from the WCVM.  She has had a strong interest in dermatology since vet school and pursues it avidly in her continuing education. 

Dr. Collis is past president of the Edmonton Association of Small Animal Veterinarians (EASAV).  Since 2011 Lisa has served as Adjunct Clinical Instructor to the UCVM's DVTH and hosts students each year in a General Small Animal Practice Rotation at the Delton Veterinary Hospital.  She has been a member of the CAVD for many years.

In her leisure time Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband, 5-year-old daughter and their 2 cats.  She enjoys biking, baking and reading.


CaptureErin 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 SolcMeghan 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 TAITJennie Tait for web

Jennie brings a unique perspective to the CAVD, as a veterinary technician. She has over 30 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, is a Charter Member and the Secretary for the Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians, and is currently the only VTS (Dermatology) in Canada.

Jennie currently works at Yu of Guelph Veterinary Dermatology, in the Guelph Veterinary Specialty Hospital, where she continues to feed her passion for derm.

Away from work, she enjoys the adventures of family life, hiking, painting and yoga.


Valentine Becky 2Becky VALENTINE

Becky looks forward to her involvement with the CAVD and being a part of the future of Veterinary Dermatology in Canada.

Becky currently works at the Calgary Animal Referral and Emergency Centre (VCA-CARE). 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 dog Tula. Together they travel, ski, walk and ride horses.


Rob HeadshotRobert 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 and his ambition is to do a residency in the subject in the coming years. 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.


Jen and Sandy HeraldJennifer 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 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.