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Dale Douma

Dr. Dale Douma received a B.Sc. (Ag.) from the University of Manitoba and completed his DVM at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, prior to working as a mixed animal veterinarian in rural Manitoba. He returned to the University of Saskatchewan completing a Ph.D. in Large Animal Clinical Sciences. 

Since 2008, Dr. Douma has worked with Manitoba Agriculture serving in various roles such as the Veterinary Lead for Animal Welfare Programs, the Acting Chief Veterinary Officer, and currently as the Veterinary Public Health Epidemiologist. He also co-chairs the Manitoba One Health Steering Committee. In these positions, Dr. Douma has had the opportunity to participate with agricultural industry, animal welfare enforcement, and public health organizations as well as engaging in disease outbreak preparedness and response activities.  

In 2016, he spearheaded and co-chaired the inaugural International One Welfare Conference hosted in Winnipeg that focussed on the human impacts of animal health and welfare issues including those associated with disease outbreak response.

Since March 2020, he has led the COVID19 Emergency Operations Center for the Chief Veterinary Office of Manitoba in order to oversee and coordinate critical issues related to the ongoing pandemic with an impact on the veterinary/agrifood sector in Manitoba.