Linda Jacobson BVSc MMedVet PhD – President
Linda received her veterinary degree in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1986 and subsequently completed a residency in small animal internal medicine and a PhD on the pathophysiology of virulent canine babesiosis. She has completed the University of Florida Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine. She joined the Toronto Humane Society in 2010 and is currently Deputy Director of Shelter Medicine at the THS.
Shelley Hutchings DVM – Vice-President
Shelley graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2002 and worked full time in small animal practice until 2008. In 2006 she began working part time for the Ottawa Humane Society, and developed a keen interest in shelter medicine. In 2008, she joined the Ottawa Humane Society on a full time basis, and is now the Chief Veterinarian for this large progressive shelter. She has overseen the accreditation of the Ottawa Humane Society Animal Clinic, as well as the Ottawa Humane Society Mobile Spay Neuter Services mobile community program.
Shane Bateman DVM DVSc DACVECC – Secretary
Shane completed his veterinary degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 1991 and completed his residency in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care at the Ontario Veterinary College in 1998. He is a boarded specialist in critical care. Shane is an Associate Professor at the Ontario Veterinary College at Guelph, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Guelph Humane Society. He also serves as co-Director of Community Veterinary Outreach.
Lisa Jones DVM – Director (Continuing Education)
Lisa completed her veterinary degree at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2014. She began her career working as a small animal locum, mainly in emergency medicine but also in general practice. In 2016, her passion shifted as she was welcomed to the Animal Welfare Association of South Western Ontario, where she became the main veterinarian in charge of animal care at the Stratford-Perth Humane Society. Recently she has undertaken organization of the KW Community Veterinary Outreach program and plays a large role in education and outreach initiatives through the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society.
Ariel Brunn DVM – Director (Membership and Fundraising)
Ariel has worked as a clinician for the Edmonton Humane Society, managed a veterinary emergency and critical care service, provided locum services to the PDSA veterinary charity, and more recently, worked in veterinary operations and animal health and welfare policy development for the UK-based shelter organization, Dogs Trust. In her role with Dogs Trust she also provided veterinary guidance to the organization’s Outreach department, conducted training for Dogs Trust Worldwide, and sat on the Canine Welfare Grants Committee. Ariel lived in London, UK from 2010-2016 and recently returned to Canada to take up an MSc in veterinary epidemiology at the Ontario Veterinary College. She graduated from WCVM in 2008.
Danielle Boes DVM – Continuing Education Committee
After graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2013, Danielle completed a Shelter Medicine Internship at Cornell University. Following the internship, Danielle began working at the Toronto Humane Society and is currently still employed there as a staff shelter veterinarian. Some of Danielle’s interests include community outreach, volunteering with trap, neuter and return (TNR) programs and mentoring students.
Immediate past Directors. Thank you so much for your outstanding contributions!
LeeAnn Sealey DVM – Vice-President
LeeAnn graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph in 1993 and owned a busy companion animal hospital from 1997 to 2015. In 2013, Dr. Sealey began working in shelter medicine when her clinic became the veterinary partner with her local shelter. In 2014, she became the veterinary director for the Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society. She designed and opened a companion animal hospital within the shelter and has organized many programs at KWHS, including HVHQSN, TNR, working with Veterinary Outreach and the development of a Community Assistance Program.
Stephanie Black DVM – Director (CE)
Stephanie graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2007. She worked in both general and emergency practice until she discovered her passion for shelter medicine. She has since worked for the OSPCA and her own mobile practice providing services to local animal shelters. She is currently a staff veterinarian at the Toronto Humane Society. Stephanie graduated from the University of Florida with a Masters in Shelter Medicine as well as Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Forensics. She is also a teaching assistant for the University of Florida’s shelter medicine program.