Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer for Canada

Dr. Jaspinder Komal is currently Acting Chief Veterinary Officer for Canada.

Doctor Jaspinder Komal
Dr. Jaspinder Komal

Dr. Jaspinder Komal is the Executive Director of the Animal Health Directorate, within the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) Policy and Programs Branch, and the acting Chief Veterinary Officer and Acting World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Delegate for Canada (A/CVO and A/OIE Delegate).

Dr. Komal graduated from the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire at the Université de Montréal in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and a post-graduate degree in Veterinary Microbiology. He began his veterinary career specializing in small animals in a practice in the Eastern Townships of the province of Quebec.

In 1994, Dr. Komal joined the CFIA as a Veterinary Inspector as well as a Laboratory Supervisor in the provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. In 2000, Dr. Komal and his family moved to Ottawa where he held various positions of increasing responsibility within the CFIA and other departments such as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and Health Canada. Most recently, he worked as the Director General of the Strategic Directions Directorate of the Science and Technology Branch and as the Director General of the Operations and Emergency Management Directorate with the Market and Industry Services Branch, both within AAFC.

As acting CVO/OIE Delegate, Dr. Komal leads Canada's efforts to effectively manage current and emerging disease threats in order to protect animal and human health, and to maintain international trust in Canada's inspection and certification systems in support of market access.

As the OIE Delegate, Dr. Komal represents Canada on the international stage, and plays an integral role in Canada's participation in the OIE's standard setting process for the development and adoption of animal health standards and guidelines. It is his role to ensure that the standards are appropriately and consistently implemented in Canada, and he is responsible for notifying the OIE of reportable animal disease occurrences in Canada.

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