Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about? Lifeguard, played the organ and flute when younger. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me... At my dad’s house baking and cooking for him.
What do you want to make sure you do before you die? Take some time off to travel with friends
What’s your biggest fear? Moths
DVM, MVS – Practice owner/manager and veterinarian
Dr. Joyce Van Donkersgoed was raised on a mixed cattle and grain farm east of Coaldale, Alberta.
She graduated from WCVM (Western College of Veterinary Medicine) with a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) degree in 1985. After practicing in feedlot and cow/calf practices for 2 years, she returned to WCVM to complete a clinical residency and Masters of Veterinary Science degree in advanced bovine medicine and epidemiology.
Joyce then worked in the Department of Herd Medicine at WCVM as an associate professor and at VIDO (Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization) as a beef cattle scientist for 6 years.
She then returned to Alberta and worked as a beef epidemiologist for ADRI (Animal Disease Research Institute) and later as the provincial beef veterinarian for Alberta Agriculture.
Following that Joyce worked for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association on beef quality and food safety, and later for Alberta Cattle Feeders Association (ACFA) as their environmental coordinator.
When BSE hit, she returned to southern Alberta to set up a feedlot consulting veterinary practice in Picture Butte.
Her veterinary practice provides herd health, emergency, regulatory, and research services to large feedlots in the area.
She continues to provide technical consulting services to the NCFA (National Cattle Feeders Association) and ACFA in animal health, welfare, beef quality/safety, beef sustainability, and import/export of fed and feeder cattle.
Joyce is project manager for NCFA’s PAACO certified Canadian Feedlot Animal Care Assessment Program (http://nationalcattlefeeders.ca/feedlot-animal-health-welfare).
Joyce is past-President of the WCABP (Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners) and recipient of the WCABP Bovine Practitioner of the Year Award.
Recently she received the CVMA (Canadian Veterinary Medical Association) award for bovine welfare.
She has developed a lot of producer good production practice manuals and other training materials for the Canadian beef industry in beef quality, food safety, environmental management, and welfare.
Joyce has over 70 scientific peer reviewed journals as well.