Director, Diagnostic Services Unit
Senior Instructor - Anatomic Pathologist
Dr. Davies obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with Distinction at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in 2001. At WCVM, she completed her Master of Veterinary Science in 2003 and her Senior Residency in Anatomic Pathology in 2004. Dr. Davies became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (Anatomic Pathology) in 2004. She has extensive diagnostic experience in private industry, in provincial diagnostic laboratories and in academia. Dr. Davies joined the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 where she is a Senior Instructor (Anatomic Pathology) in Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences and is the Director of the Diagnostic Services Unit. Her position at UCVM combines her passion for diagnostic pathology and teaching. In particular, she enjoys the challenge of leadership as the DSU team strives to meet the vision of becoming a center of diagnostic expertise and excellence in Alberta.
Manager, Operations DSU
Betty Pollock obtained a BSc in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of Alberta and has many years of experience in academic, diagnostic industry, and biotech settings in both Canada and the United States. Betty joined the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 as the Diagnostic Services Unit Operations Manager.
Supervisor, Ancillary Services
A graduate of Aberdeen University; Sue trained to become a biomedical Scientist (Histology) and worked in hospitals in Scotland and the Middle East. After a move to Canada she studied for a Diploma in Agriculture which led to working at the CFIA in Ottawa on a scrapie project. Whilst at CFIA she worked in histology, then began training in biosafety and biosecurity and acted as the Biosafety Officer and OSH Coordinator at the Ottawa Laboratory Fallowfield. She continued mentorship in biosafety and acted as the Head of CFIA Laboratory Security for nearly 2 years followed by a return to run the diagnostic mycobacteriology (histology) lab. Three years ago she moved to Calgary and began running the Histology Laboratory within the Diagnostic Services Unit.
Supervisor, Necropsy Laboratory
Jim’s career started in the Prince Edward Island Provincial Necropsy Suite which swiftly moved into the brand new Atlantic Veterinary College of the University of PEI in 1985. There Jim gained extensive experience within the Diagnostic Services Department. He worked closely with Anatomy, Histology, and the Fish and Wildlife Department while he was based in Pathology. In his 23 years at the AVC, he worked alongside many distinguished and accomplished veterinary doctors from around the globe. In 2008, Jim needed a change and was enticed to join the new University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He began his position before the Clinical Skills Building was even finalized. One of Jim’s first endeavors was to set up the necropsy suite for teaching, diagnostics, research, and wildlife pathology. The next big accomplishment was to see Canada’s very first alkaline biodigester operational in 2010. His mechanical skills and innovation are essential to the day to day function of this equipment. Jim is currently pursuing certification as a Class 5 Power Engineer to further his ability to enhance the maintenance and sustainability of the necropsy lab. Jim is passionate about everything he undertakes, but especially enjoys passing on his 30+ years of knowledge and experience to the DVM students. He is also grateful for the amazing team-oriented people he works with at the DSU.
Ancillary Services Assistant
Makaela Douglas graduated from the University of Calgary Bachelor of Health Sciences program in 2020, majoring in biomedical sciences. During her undergrad she had the opportunity to work both the laboratory and field settings on several research projects with the UCVM. Topics included analyzing the prevalence of lameness in Alberta dairy cattle and the function of immune cells in bovine digital dermatitis. Throughout her experience she was able to interact with producers to understand issues facing the industry and how they can be addressed. She continued to pursue her interest in health and welfare in the cattle industry as research technician at Canadian Angus Association in 2020. In this role, she travelled throughout Western Canada collecting data on Angus cattle for a broader research project in immune response technology. As new member of the DSU team she is excited to learn about animal disease and diagnostics. In her spare time she enjoys exploring Calgary’s backyard by getting away to the mountains skiing, hiking and spending time with friends and family.
After graduation from the Faculty of Science, Chemistry and Microbiology department, Alexandria University in 2004, Mai Farghaly obtained a post-graduate diploma in Microbiology in 2006. She started her career as a Medical Laboratory Specialist after getting her license to practice the profession from the Ministry of Health in Egypt in 2006. Afterwards, she obtained her license as a Microbiology Specialist from the Saudi Commission of Health Specialists. Mai has many years of experience as a Medical Laboratory Specialist and a Microbiologist in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. She is a Registered Microbiologist (RM CCM) at the Canadian College of Microbiologists since 2017. She recently completed her Master of Veterinary Medical Sciences and joined UCVM as a Bacteriology Technician for the Diagnostic Services Unit in 2021.
Assistant Professor - Clinical Pathology
After graduating from the University of Winnipeg with her BSc in 2003, Dr. Angelica Galezowski obtained her DVM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan in 2007. She entered a three year clinical pathology residency program at the WCVM thereafter and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) in 2010. Dr. Galezowski joined the Veterinary Diagnostics Services (VDS) pathology team in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2010 and in 2013, she was appointed the diagnostic lead for the clinical pathology laboratory. Dr. Galezowski joined the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary in 2017 as an assistant professor in the Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences department.
Instructor - Anatomic Pathology
Graduated from UCVM in 2013 as part of the second graduating class of vet students. Completed a residency in Anatomic Pathology at the University of California Davis becoming a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2016. Worked as a sessional instructor as part of the department of Ecosystem and Public Health at UCVM for 9 months in 2016-2017. Returned to California to work as a diagnostic pathologist at one of the state labs in the central valley.
Associate Professor - Anatomic Pathology
Dr. Knight obtained his veterinary degree from Massey University, New Zealand, in 1992. He taught at Massey University, Michigan State University and Cornell University until 2003. In 2006, he completed a residency in Anatomic Pathology at Cornell University and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (Anatomic Pathology) in 2008. He joined the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 as an assistant professor of veterinary pathology with an emphasis on veterinary undergraduate teaching. As a diagnostic pathologist he has a particular interest in equine disease, and his PhD and current research focus on equine papillomaviruses and their connection to cancer in horses.
Jenn completed her BSc. (Biology and Biotechnology) at the University of Saskatchewan. After completing her degree, she worked for 2 seasons with the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative at the University of Saskatchewan on their Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Program. Since then she has worked in Quality Control in the Microbiology lab at Emergent BioSolutions in Winnipeg. Jenn then moved to Saskatoon where she held a position in Quality Assurance with Novozymes Biologicals Inc. In 2014, Jenn joined UCVM as a Necropsy Technician for the Diagnostic Services Unit (DSU). With the knowledge she gained in necropsy and her desire to return to a laboratory setting, Jenn joined Histology in 2018.
Instructor - Anatomic Pathology
Dr. Legge completed her Master of Science in the spring 2005 while continuing the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC). She graduated from the DVM program in 2007 and had a brief career in small animal practice. Dr. Legge returned to AVC, where she completed the combined Master of Veterinary Science and Anatomic Pathology Residency program in 2011. Dr. Legge became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (Anatomic Pathology) in September 2011 and accepted a diagnostic pathologist position at the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture, Animal Health Laboratory. In 2013, Dr. Legge joined UCVM as a Diagnostic Pathologist with the Diagnostic Services Unit, and in 2017 she briefly left to fill the Provincial Veterinary Pathologist and Laboratory Manager position for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. As of June 2019, she has since rejoined UCVM as an instructor of Anatomic Pathology in the department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences.
Sam obtained her Hospital Unit Clerk Certificate in 2017. With a strong passion for animals and medicine she started her career at the University of Calgary as an Administrative Assistant in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in March 2017. She has been involved in many aspects of UCVM including faculty assistance, summer camps, and special event planning. Sam’s special passion is reindeer husbandry and research.
Heather is originally from Calgary and graduated with a BSc in Equine Studies from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana in 2006. After working in many facets of the horse sector in Canada and the United States, in 2008 she shifted focus to equine industry development and education in Alberta. In 2013 she developed an affinity for research work and has been involved in large animal field trials and veterinary contract research projects ever since. Areas of interest include livestock welfare initiatives ranging from pain mitigation, husbandry practices, behavior, traceability, antimicrobial resistance and disease surveillance. Wanting to expand her horizons, Heather joined UCVM as a Necropsy Technician for the Diagnostic Services Unit (DSU) in fall 2020.
Instructor - Clinical Bacteriologist
Dr. Morrison pursued a dual DVM/MSc degree at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). She obtained her DVM in 2017 and completed her MSc in Veterinary Microbiology (Bacteriology) in 2019. She gained further research, teaching and diagnostic bacteriology/molecular microbiology experience during her postdoctoral fellowship at the WCVM in partnership with Prairie Diagnostic Services Inc. In 2020, Dr. Morrison joined the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine as a Clinical Veterinary Microbiologist with the Diagnostic Services Unit.
Mel Nicolas started his career as a Necropsy Technician at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. He assists pathologists and researchers in the preparation of animals for postmortem examination and in sample collection. He particularly excels at more complex dissections involving the collection of samples such as brain, spinal cord and bone marrow.
Assistant Professor - Anatomic Pathologist
Dr. Rothenburger is originally from Radisson, Saskatchewan and graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan in 2010. She practiced as a small animal veterinarian then trained in anatomic veterinary pathology with a focus on wildlife and obtained a Master of Veterinary Science degree in 2013 and completed the Senior Residency in 2014 at the WCVM. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (Anatomic Pathology) in 2015 and completed a PhD in Pathobiology from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in 2018. Dr. Rothenburger joined the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in February, 2018 and has a particular interest in diseases that affect wild animals. Her research focuses on infectious diseases at the intersection of the environment, people, wildlife and domestic animals.
Senior Instructor - Clinical Pathology
Dr. Wagg graduated with a BSc in Biology from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1993 and then with a DVM from the Atlantic Veterinary College, Prince Edward Island in 1998. After several years in small animal practice, she completed a residency program in clinical pathology at the Faculté de Médicine Vétérinaire, Université de Montréal and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Dr. Wagg joined the veterinary medicine faculty at the University of Calgary in January 2009. She is currently a Senior Instructor and her research interests are mainly related to education and the teaching and learning of clinical pathology within a veterinary curriculum. Dr. Wagg is a member of the American College of Veterinary Pathology Board Exam Committee.
Associate Professor - Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
Dr. Warren graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Queensland, School of Veterinary Science in Brisbane, Australia in 2001 with first class honours and university medal. In 2002, she completed an internship in small animal medicine, surgery and emergency medicine at the Queensland Veterinary Specialist Centre in Brisbane Australia. She then completed a residency in anatomic pathology at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, New York. Dr. Warren became a Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Pathologists in anatomic pathology in 2006. In 2006-2007, she completed a residency in clinical pathology at Cornell University and became a Diplomate of the ACVP in clinical pathology in 2007. Dr. Warren has been with UCVM since 2008 and completed her PhD in medical education at the University of Calgary in 2013. Dr. Warren is the president-elect of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, has chaired the educational focus group, and is a member of the ACVP Board Exam Committee.
Instructor - Anatomic Pathologist
After graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) with a DVM in 2007, Erin spent 2 years as a mixed practice veterinarian in Pincher Creek, Alberta, followed by 4 years as a companion animal veterinarian in the same practice. She finished an anatomic pathologic residency program at the WCVM in 2015 and completed a Senior Residency at the WCVM the following year. In 2017, Erin began working as a diagnostic veterinary anatomic pathologist with Prairie Diagnostic Services in Saskatoon. In 2020, Dr. Zachar joined UCVM as a Diagnostic Veterinary Anatomic Pathologist with the Diagnostic Services Unit. Erin comes from a family of veterinarians; her father practices in Pincher Creek, Alberta, and her sister in Wetaskiwin. She is happy to be back living and working in Alberta!