June 30, 2021


Canada appoints new Chief Veterinary Officer



The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced that Dr. Mary Jane Ireland, currently executive director of the Animal Health Directorate within CFIA's Program and Policy Branch, is Canada's new Chief Veterinary Officer and OIE Delegate.


As Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Ireland leads Canada's efforts to effectively manage current and emerging disease threats in order to protect animal health and human health, and to maintain international trust in Canada's inspection and certification systems in support of market access.


As OIE Delegate, Dr. Ireland represents Canada on the international stage, and plays an integral role in the country's participation in the OIE standard-setting process for the development and adoption of animal health standards and guidelines. In this role, Dr. Ireland works to ensure that the standards are appropriately and consistently implemented in Canada. She is also responsible for notifying OIE of animal disease occurrences in the country.


Dr. Ireland graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, with a degree in veterinary medicine and a post-graduate degrees in veterinary immunology and business administration. She began her career in a mixed animal practice in eastern Ontario.


In 2002, Dr. Ireland joined the Veterinary Drugs Directorate at Health Canada and held various positions, including director general. In 2020, Dr. Ireland joined CFIA as executive director of the Animal Health Directorate.


- Government of Canada