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Dean's Biography

Dr. Jeffrey Wichtel, BVSc, PhD, ACTJeff Wichtel

Dr. Jeff Wichtel is passionate about veterinary medicine. The new Dean of the Ontario Veterinary College also has a vision for building on OVC’s reputation for excellence to help improve lives and health.

“The Ontario Veterinary College is a recognized international leader in veterinary education, service, and research – we have a great story to tell, and I intend to use this to best advantage to advance the College at every opportunity,” says Wichtel.

Wichtel, most recently with the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), University of Prince Edward Island, begins his five-year term as OVC Dean on October 1. He will also hold a faculty appointment in OVC’s Department of Population Medicine. He brings extensive experience as a researcher, clinician and administrator.

A faculty member in the Department of Health Management at AVC, Wichtel was the college’s associate dean, graduate studies and research, from 2009 to 2014.

He also served at AVC as acting dean, director of animal resources, department chair and chair of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre.

Before joining AVC, Wichtel taught at Massey University in New Zealand and in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. Earlier, he was a resident at Iowa State University and a mixed animal practitioner.

He studies animal nutrition, disease, production and reproduction, and has specialized in trace element and vitamin nutrition in ruminants and horses.

As principal or collaborating investigator, Jeff has attracted more than $2.5 million in grant and contract funding.

He has written more than 150 publications on animal nutrition, reproduction and disease, livestock production and veterinary education, and is an associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research.

He earned his B.V.Sc. and PhD from Massey University and is board-certified by the American College of Theriogenologists