Christian Veterinary Mission Canada
Serving Canadian Christian Veterinary Professionals


Lisa Balzer

CVM Canada Executive Director

Lisa Balzer comes to the CVM Canada Executive Director position with a strong history in cross-cultural missions. She and her family spent fifteen years working with a media and healthcare organization in Singapore and throughout Southeast Asia. She brings a background in communication, development, refugee protection, and leadership. Lisa is called and passionate to support veterinary students and professionals in Canada, and to see them use their skills to serve God’s creation around the world. She currently resides in rural Saskatchewan with her husband, Steve, and their dog, Delilah, and volunteers at a small animal hospital which she loves.

Dr. Debbie Hoffele


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. 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. 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. Neil Connery

Board Member

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 offering 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 learned of CVM during his residency in Dublin when he attended the prayer breakfast at the ACVS surgeons conference.  He has been involved with CVMC since 2014 and is committed to seeing a flourishing CVM fellowship group at the University of Calgary vet school.

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 the 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 member in 2018.

Dr. Jessica Semper

Board Member