Christian Veterinary Mission Canada
Serving Canadian Christian Veterinary Professionals

About

Team

Dr. Kit Flowers

CVM USA President

Dr. Flowers has served as CVM's President since 1994 and joins a terrific team of staff and volunteers in serving the vision and mission of CVM USA and Canada. Together they seek to join God in the work He is calling us to do. We are supported in this effort with a terrific Board of Advisors and by the staff of CRISTA Ministries. Kit serves in these efforts with his wife Jan.


Dr. Ed Neufeld

CRISTA Canada Board Member/ CVMC Board Member

Dr. Neufeld graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan in 1969 and joined the Animal Clinic of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. 

Between 1972 and 1975 he practiced with Dr. Ralph Shute in a mixed animal practice at the Leduc Animal Hospital in Leduc Alberta, Canada. 

In 1992 he joined South Side Animal Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and in 1997 purchased the practice and which he later sold in October 2006. 

For the past number of years Dr. Neufeld has prepared foreign-trained veterinarians immigrating to Canada to write the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE).

Since 2009 he has travelled to Mongolia annually to work with VET Net NGO Mongolia. In Mongolia he has lectured at the Mongolian Veterinary School, conducted case-based seminars in small animal medicine for a Distance Masters Program and worked alongside Mongolian veterinarians in the small animal clinic in Ulaanbaatar.  


Dr. Suzanne Laidlaw

Eastern Canada Representative

Since 2015 Suzanne has worked part time with CVM as the Eastern Canada Representative. Suzanne completed her veterinary studies in Western Australia, then worked in Northern Ireland for 2 years and currently works part time in Ontario as a mixed animal veterinarian.  She has been on several short term missions trips with CVM and is excited to be involved in serving Canadian veterinary professionals.


Dr. Mark Wickstrom

Board Member

Mark has been on the CVMC board since 1999.  He is the Associate Professor and Chair of the Toxicology Undergraduate Program at University of Saskatchewan. He is actively involved with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine veterinary students. And has a desire to see strong student fellowship groups at all the veterinary colleges across Canada. 


Dr. Matt Schieck

Board Chairman

Matt works in mixed practice in Markdale Ontario where he especially enjoys beef and dairy production medicine.  In his spare time Matt can be found enjoying the outdoors, tinkering on fix it projects around the house, or relaxing with his wife Amber.


Dr. Becky Holvik

Board Member

Becky has served on the CVM board for nine years!  With a passion for students she makes every effort to be at their events.  This is not easy as she works as a full time small animal veterinarian (OVC Class 1999), runs a hobby farm and has a family of her own to care for.  She even has managed to serve in Kenya on short term mission and sits on the CVM USA board, representing Canada.


Dr. Corinne Alm

Board Member

Dr. Alm grew up on a mixed dairy/beef/grain farm at Wetaskiwin, Alberta. She graduated from WCVM in Saskatchewan in 1980. She practised in mixed practises, worked as a large animal ambulatory practise veterinarian for several years and later instructed large animal courses for AHT's, Ag Production and Farrier students at Olds College in Olds, Alberta. Recently she retired from teaching, and is now ranching with her husband a commercial herd of cattle and some hay burner horses. They have three adult children and are just starting on the adventure with grandchildren. Dr. Alm has benn on two short term mission trips to Mongolia as of June 2017. She is excited to be part of the dynamic, Christ centered, and servant based Christian Veterinary Mission organization.


Dr. Debbie Hoffele

Board Member/ Western Canada Representative

Dr. Debbie Hoffele graduated from Ontario Veterinary College in 1988 and has worked full time, part time and as a locum in small animal practice in Ontario and Nova Scotia.  She currently resides in Fonthill, Ontario with her husband, Stephen, who is a professor at Brock University and 2 teen boys. She has travelled to Northern India and Honduras with CVM and is also a member of the missions committee at her local church and has travelled with/led teams to various countries for ministry. Dr. Hoffele joined us as the Western Canada Regional Represenative in 2018. 


Dr. Neil Connery

Board Memeber

Dr. Connery graduated from Dublin, Ireland in 1995 and after a time in practice and a surgical residency, gained specialization in small animal surgery in 2002 and a master's degree in 003.  Neil Moved to Calgary with his family in 2003 and has worked offereing surgical services to the surrounding community since then.  He is married to Jan for 22 years and has 4 daughters and 3 cats (but is always rescuing the one with the crooked leg!)  He enjoys reading and writing poetry and is engaged in small group leadership to children in the local church.  Neil first learnet of CVM during his residency in Dublin when he attended the prayer breakfast at the ACVS surgeons conference.  He has beeen involved with CVMC since 2014 and is committed to seeing a flourishing CVM fellowship group at the University of Calgary vet school. 


Dr. Doug Pierson

USA Board Advisor

Michelle Larkin RVT

Board Member

Michelle Larkin is a Registered Veterinary Technician that graduated from Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Agriculture in 2015. She currently works in Bedford, NS in a Small Animal Practice. She lives in a small rural town on her family’s beef farm with her horse Flynn, and dog Aghy. Michelle has traveled to Northern India with CVM, is the Beef Leader for her local 4-H group, and she plays the fiddle in her Church’s praise band.


Dr. Pat Higgins

Board Member

Dr. Higgins became a Christian while at veterinary college. He graduated from teh University of Saskatchewan in 1978.  He and his family served as missionaries in Kenya for 6 years. since returning, Dr. Higgins has been in private practice in Red Deer for 30 years and has no plans to retire.  He joined as a CVMC board memeber in 2018.