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Dr. Terri Chotowetz of Saskatoon, Sask., is the CVMA's new president for 2018-19. Submitted photo.

WCVM graduate heads national veterinary organization

Dr. Terri Chotowetz, a 1990 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) and the University of Saskatchewan, is the new president of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) during its 70th year of existence.

“I am honoured to become the president of the CVMA during such as a monumental year for the association,” says Chotowetz. “I look forward to continuing to contribute to the voice of our profession and helping promote animal welfare and optimal care for animals, people and the environment.”

After graduating from the WCVM, Chotowetz practised in Alberta from 1990 to 1998 in several mixed animal practices before returning to Saskatchewan in 1998. She has practised at a companion animal clinic in Saskatoon for the past 18 years.

Chotowetz was elected to the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association (SVMA) in 2009 and went on to serve as president from 2011 to 2012. She was a member of the SVMA Animal Welfare Committee for nine years and served on the Board of Directors for the Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan for three years.

Chotowetz became the Saskatchewan representative on the CVMA council in 2013. While on council, she has served as the liaison for the Animal Welfare Committee and the Canadian Veterinary Reserve. She is the CVMA representative on the WCVM Advisory Council.

In her spare time, Chotowetz enjoys spending time with her husband and family at their acreage outside Saskatoon. They have four very spoiled dogs and a cat that keep them busy and happy. Her favourite hobby is reading with a cup of coffee and a lap full of dogs.

Chotowetz, who will serve as president on the CVMA Council from July 2018 until July 2019, succeeds Dr. Troye McPherson of Dartmouth, N.S. The announcement was made during the CVMA’s annual convention, which took place from July 5 to 8 in Vancouver, B.C.

The CVMA is the national and international voice for Canada’s veterinarians, providing leadership and advocacy for veterinary medicine. 

Read the CVMA news release.  

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