An experienced veterinary clinician and surgeon, Dr. Judith Samson-French owns and operates Banded Peak Veterinary Hospital in the heart of the Rocky Mountain Foothills and is president of the Foundation for Animal Wellness Initiatives.
Dr. Samson-French is a graduate of McGill University (BSc), Ontario Veterinary College (DVM) and University of Alberta (MSc). She has worked for Alberta Fish & Wildlife and has also done preceptorships at both the Calgary Zoo and the Honolulu Zoo, has invested several years of her career to pursuing medicine and surgery for ratites in North America and Europe, and has experience as an emergency veterinarian (Calgary North). In addition, Dr. Samson-French has pursued education in aquatic veterinary medicine, studying at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (Massachusetts, USA) and Bamfield Marine Station in western Canada, has performed fieldwork on green iguanas in Costa Rica, and has included in her practice small ruminants, equine patients and rehabilitation of sick and injured wildlife.
She is team leader for Dogs With No Names project in Hudson and James Bay area ($206,000 grant from PetSmart Charities) to help deal with 1500 dogs in 7 remote communities. Dr. Samson-French successfully tabled a humane contraception plan to ESRD in 2014 for the management of wild horses in Alberta and presented to the Okotoks Town Council a comprehensive deer population management program in 2015.
Dr. Samson-French has received the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Humane Award in 2013. She is also a certified gemologist (co-owner of Pearls 365) and has successfully passed her Canadian Securities Course should she want to pursue a career as stockbroker. She is also the author of the internationally recognized book “Dogs With No Names – In Pursuit of Courage, Hope and Purpose” and “39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend – Tales of Caution For Dog Lovers”. Dr. Samson-French has 1 rez dog, 1 barn cat, and 6 donkeys.
“All animals should be treated with respect and dignity, especially while in our service, and when needed and appropriate offered a humane death.
The current horse slaughter industry in Canada massively fails to provide the necessary regulations and oversight to fulfill the above. As such and as a veterinarian who has worked on the kill floor, I vehemently oppose the current practice of horse slaughtering in Canada and endorse the efforts of The Canadian Veterinary Equine Welfare Council to engage everyone in an informed dialogue on this issue.”