Claire Windeyer

Associate Professor

Production Animal Health

Full Member

Cattle Health Research Group

Associate Member

Clinical and Translational Research Group

Full Member

Pain and Animal Welfare Research Group


Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), 2010

DVM - Food Animal Stream

Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), 2006


University of Guelph (UofG), 2003

Contact information


Office : CSB116K


In the DVM curriculum, Dr. Claire Windeyer coordinates the courses: Fundamentals of Epidemiology (VM344), Outbreak Investigation (VM461), and Production Animal Health area of emphasis elective in calving management (VM463). She also teaches in the courses: Introduction to Veterinary Medicine (VM360), Health Management (VM420), and Food Animal Medicine and Surgery (VM540). In the graduate program, Dr. Windeyer developed and coordinates the Advanced Cattle Health Management graduate course (VM690), in collaboration with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Preferred method of communication

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Faculty/Admin Assistant

Name:Barbara Banman

Phone:+1 (403) 210-7061

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Clinical Science
  • Epidemiology
  • Immunology and Infectious Disease
  • Production Animal Health
  • Veterinary Medical Education

Research / Scholarly Activities

Dr. Claire Windeyer’s research focuses on cow-calf health management, including: perinatal care of the newborn beef calf; pre-weaning management practices (e.g. processing, vaccination, deworming); passive immunity and colostrum management; epidemiology of infectious diseases the pre-weaned calf; pain and animal welfare; and maternal-neonatal bonding. She is a member of the Pain and Animal Welfare, Cattle Health, and Clinical and Translational Research Groups.


Dr. Claire Windeyer attended UofG, where she completed her BSc, followed by her DVM degree. After graduation, she went into rural mixed practice in southern Alberta. Claire then returned to OVC to do her DVSc in Ruminant Health Management. Her thesis examined bovine respiratory disease in dairy heifer calves. She won the D.F. Forster medal, a convocation award for academic achievement, motivation, leadership, and citizenship. Claire then volunteered in Nepal with the Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation, Veterinarians Without Borders, and the Lalitpur District Milk Producers Cooperative Union. She was also involved with the Healthy Yak Project along the trekking route to Mount Everest. Claire joined the Department of Production Animal Health at UCVM in 2011. She was a participant in the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program in 2013. Claire lives on a small acreage near Dogpound, AB with her partner Bruce and their 4 horses.

Research Personnel/Trainees


Dr. Jennifer Pearson, DVM, PhD student - Impacts of calving management, calf risk factors, and difficult calving on health and performance of beef calves. (co-supervisor with Dr. Ed Pajor)

Alycia Webster, DVM Class of 2019, Summer student 2017 - Lactate Plus™ meter validation for measuring blood L-lactate in beef cow-calf pairs and relationship between beef calf and dam serum L-lactate concentration at varying degrees of calving difficulty. (supervisor)

Laura Armstrong, DVM Class of 2018, Investigative Medicine 4th year rotation - Efficacy of laryngeal mask airways for ventilating neonatal calves: a proof-of-concept investigation (supervisor)


Ann Kusler, Research Assistant

Sarah van Schothorst, Research assistant, Summer student 2015, ZOOL*507 research student

Dr. Melissa Moggy, MSc student

Dr. Elizabeth Homerosky, MSc student, Simpson Ranch Beef Fellow

Danielle Cyr, Summer student 2015

Dr. Ana Bras, MSc student

Thom Oosternbrug, Utrecht University

Maggie Grover, Summer student 2014

Dr. Christine Murray, Post-doctoral fellow

Dr. Laura Fick, Summer student 2013