We are very pleased to acknowledge CVEWC’s supporting Veterinarian Dr. Judith Samson-French, who has been nominated as Petplan Insurance’s 2016 Veterinarian of the Year!
In 2013, Dr. Samson-French was awarded by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association for her participation in programs designed to provide contraception, deworming, microchipping, and food for homeless and feral dogs. Dr. Samson-French created a first-of-its-kind program using contraceptive implants to break the reproductive cycle of the female dogs. The implants take a few minutes, they are painless when given with a local freezing, and they present no ill effects. Dr. Judith has also partnered with pet food suppliers to sell her specially designed promotional bookmarks as well as donate a portion of the sale of their dog food to her project.
In addition to her support for anti-slaughter initiatives for horses, she owns and operates Banded Peak Veterinary Hospital and has worked with both the Calgary Zoo and the Honolulu Zoo. Dr. Samson-French has invested several years of her career to pursuing medicine and surgery for ratites (flightless birds such as the kiwi/emu/rhea/ostrich) in North America and Europe, and has experience as an emergency veterinarian. Dr. Judith has even performed fieldwork on green iguanas in Costa Rica, and has included in her practice small ruminants, equine patients and the rehabilitation of sick and injured wildlife.
Congratulations to Dr. Judith – she is truly an overachiever when it comes to caring for animals!