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Appointee Biographies

Rabies Advisory Committee


Dr. Filejski is a licensed veterinarian currently serving as the head of the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI). Prior to joining CAHI, she served as the Public Health Veterinarian for Ontario's Ministry of Health for 11 years, during which time she was responsible for zoonotic disease policy and programs for the province, including rabies prevention and control. Her community involvement includes serving as one of three Canadian directors appointed to serve on the International Steering Committee of Rabies in the Americas (RITA) Inc., which oversees the premier annual international conference on rabies, bringing together researchers, health professionals, international, national and local managers of rabies programs, wildlife biologists and laboratory personnel.


Christine Fehlner-Gardiner is the head of the CFIA Centre of Expertise for Rabies for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and a former Research Technician and Research Scientist for CFIA. Her community involvement includes serving as Christian Education Coordinator for the North Gower United Church.


Dr. Claire Jardine obtained an MSc in Ecology from the University of British Columbia and DVM and PhD from the University of Saskatchewan. She is currently an associate professor in the department of Pathobiology and the regional director of the Ontario/Nunavut node of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. Her research programs are focused on understanding the ecology of zoonotic pathogens in wildlife populations, in urban, natural and rural areas. She is currently involved in studies investigating antimicrobial resistance, Salmonella, Borelia burgorferi and Leptospira in wild mammal populations.


Eva Nagy is a University Professor Emerita, Department of Pathobiology Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She is a veterinary virologist; her research is focusing mainly on avian adenovirus and animal vaccines. She also contributed to studies of at least 15 other animal viruses. Dr. Nagy extensively collaborated with colleagues within the University of Guelph, nationally and internationally. She has over 160 peer reviewed publications, 9 book chapters, over 347 conference presentations and 5 patients. She is the Editor of the Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research. She is an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.


Kathleen Duncan lives in York region and has worked in the Animal Care, Control and Welfare field for 30 years in Ontario. A current member of the Board of Directors, and former President with the Association of Animal Shelter Administrators of Ontario. Kathy also volunteers locally on school councils.


Tyrrel de Langley is a former Regional Medical Director for VCA Canada, President and Chief Executive Officer for Western Ontario Veterinary Consulting, and a former President and Chief Executive Officer for Oakridge Animal Clinic.


Kevin Kieffer is Partner at Walkerton Hanover Veterinary Clinic. His community involvement includes serving as a member of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, Large Animal Issues Committee and Member Awards Committee.