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    Board of Directors 

    Christine Coghlan DVM, President


    Dr. Christine Coghlan graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1994 and began small animal practice in Brampton. During her years in Brampton she was active in the Brampton Veterinary Association, organizing continuing education seminars as well as serving a term as President.


    In 2003, Dr. Coghlan began working at Preston Animal Clinic in Cambridge and has been co-owner of the practice since 2004. She has lived in Guelph for more than 30 years where she has raised two children and been a very active member of the community.


    Dr. Coghlan has been a proud member of the OVMA since graduating and is passionate about the importance of having a strong voice representing the veterinary profession to the public and in the media.


    She joined the Board of Directors as the Region 3 representative in 2012 and became an Executive member the following year. She is honoured to be this years OVMA President and looks forward to continuing to support the OVMA as the profession faces new (and old) challenges. 


    Kathleen Norman DVM, President-Elect


    Dr. Kathleen Norman, a graduate of the University of Guelph (Bachelor of Science) and the Ontario Veterinary College, is very passionate about her profession.  Having grown up with a variety of pets and a family of animal lovers, veterinary medicine was Dr. Norman’s natural calling.


    Dr. Norman has been the owner of the Omemee Veterinary Hospital in Omemee, ON since June 2009.  Dr. Norman has been a board member of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association since 2006 and is a founding executive member of the Kawartha Veterinary Association.  She was also instrumental in opening the Kawartha Veterinary Emergency Clinic to ensure her clients and their pets are provided with local, full service after hours and emergency care. 


    Dr. Norman also feels strongly about giving back to the community.  She and the Omemee Veterinary Hospital donate services and time to the local humane societies and various rescue organizations as well as actively participate in the  Omemee Santa Claus Parade, Kawartha Lakes Santa’s Sleigh, Omemee Children’s Centre, b.r.a.i.nchild, Omemee Seniors Club, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Omemee Trinity United Church and the Omemee/Dunsford and district Lions.


    In her spare time, Dr. Norman is an avid golfer and outdoors enthusiast and enjoys travelling, scuba diving, downhill skiing and hockey.


    Mark Gemmill DVM, Past-President

    Mark Gemmill

    After graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1993, Dr. Mark Gemmill began practicing companion animal medicine in Guelph. In 1997, he started working for the CFIA in meat inspection, while also working part-time at the Cornell Animal Hospital. In 2000, Dr. Gemmill became a partner at the clinic, and in 2003 he bought the practice. Dr. Gemmill currently operates the practice with Dr. Kharli Friske and Dr. Jonathan Uyede.


    Since joining the Board of Directors in 2000, Dr. Gemmill has held a number of positions with OVMA. He has served as a member of the Economics Committee, the PR Task Force and is an OVMA MPP Link. Dr. Gemmill served as the President of the Farley Foundation from 2008 - 2014 and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation since its inception in 2002. He is also Chair of the OVMA/Farley Foundation golf tournament.


    In his downtime, Dr. Gemmill enjoys downhill skiing, windsurfing, hockey, woodworking and gardening. He lives on a farm outside of Guelph with his wife Melissa, their two children and numerous pets.




Executive Board of Directors
President Christine Coghlan, DVM
President-Elect Kathleen Norman, DVM
Past President Mark Gemmill, DVM
Secretary-Treasurer Gwen Jeun, DVM
Executive Member

Sue Dorland, DVM

Board of Directors by Regional Representation
Region 1 (Elgin, Essex, Kent, Lambton and Middlesex) Gwen Jeun, DVM
Region 2 (Haldimand-Norfolk, Hamilton-Wentworth, Niagara) Liz O'brien, DVM
Region 3 (Oxford and Perth, Waterloo and Wellington) Christine Coghlan, DVM
Region 4 (Halton and Peel) Albert Wimmers, DVM
Region 5 (Bruce, Dufferin, Grey, Huron and Simcoe) Donna Curtin, DVM
Region 6 (City of Toronto) Robert Jones, DVM
Region 7 (Durham and York) Cheryl Birss, DVM
Region 8 (Frontenac, Hastings, Lennox and Addington,
Northumberland, Peterborough, Prince Edward, Victoria)
Naomi Scromeda, DVM
Region 9 (Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry,
Grenville, Lanark, Leeds Prescott
Renfrew, Russell, Ottawa-Carleton)
Nancy Caven, DVM
Region 10 (Haliburton, Muskoka, Algoma, Cochrane,
Kenora, Manitoulin, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Rainy River,
Sudbury, Temiskaming, Thunder Bay)
Karen Barnes, DVM
Director-at-Large Nicole DeFraeye, DVM
Director-at-Large Sue Dorland, DVM
Director-at-Large Pia Gamberg, DVM
Director-at-Large Adam Little, DVM
Director-at-Large Karla Scott, DVM
Equine Coleen Best, DVM
Bovine Ken Bridge, DVM
Swine Carol Jakel, DVM
Ontario Veterinary College Stephanie Nykamp, DVM
Central Veterinary Students Association Natalie Davis
Central Veterinary Students Association Jon Waito
CVMA Liaison Representative Tim Arthur, DVM


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Phone: 905.875.0756 / (toll free) 1.800.670.1702  



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