British Columbia


The goal of the CWHC BC is to gather and utilize knowledge regarding health and disease in British Columbian wildlife in order to improve the health of animals (both wild and domestic), people, and the environment. In order to do this, the CWHC BC participates in CWHC national programs, initiates and runs its own projects, and facilitates work being done by stakeholder groups.

The CWHC BC operates as a partnership between the BC Ministry of Agriculture and BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations. It is based out of the Animal Health Centre, Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Staff List

Name Position Telephone Email
Chelsea Himsworth Regional Director, Diagnostic Pathologist 604.556.3037
Helen Schwantje Regional Director, Provincial Wildlife Veterinarian 250.953.4285
Cait Nelson Assistant Regional Director, Provincial Wildlife Health Biologist 250.751.3219
Michelle Coombe Assistant Regional Director 604.556.3021
Vicki Bowes Avian Pathologist 604-556-3003
Ann Britton Mammalian Pathologist 604-556-3003
Hein Snyman Fish, Reptile, and Amphibian Pathologist 604-556-3003
Glenna McGregor Mammalian Pathologist 604-556-3003
Erin Zabek Bacteriologist 604.556.3003
Tomy Joseph Virologist 604.556.3003
Steven Raverty Mammalian Pathologist 604.556.3003
Nancy Dewith Epidemiologist 604.556-3003
Brian Radke Public Health Veterinarian 605.556.3003
Jane Pritchard Lab Director and Cheif Veterinary Officer 604.556.3003


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