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Kathryn Welsman (Director / Veterinarian)

Hello, I’m Dr. Kathryn Welsman!  I’m a veterinarian with a passion for working dogs, which is why I volunteer for Ned’s Wish. I graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2007 and worked briefly in Ottawa before joining my husband on his first RCMP posting to Surrey BC. I worked as an emergency veterinarian for several years prior to moving into the interior of BC for our next postings in Clinton, Kamloops and then Barriere, where I’ve worked in general and emergency practices.  We have just been posted to Alberta, so we are on the move again. 

I’ve been fortunate to be able to learn about the work police dogs do, from many talented handlers over the years, allowing me to become a very knowledgeable working dog veterinarian. I’m extremely dedicated to the welfare of working dogs therefore I currently make myself available to any working dog handler across Canada who might have questions or concerns about medical issues pertaining to their dog.  Over the years, I’ve also volunteered my time in providing preventive care, first aid and trauma training for dog handlers, imprinters and police medics.  

My passion for police dogs doesn’t stop when they retire. As part of my work with Ned’s Wish, I help handlers/owners with medical issues, especially advocating for the dog and finding the best care they need to have a great retirement.  I think I’m very privileged to be involved with the dogs.