Dr. Rod Jouppi, BA, DVM

Committee Member



President, Walden Animal Hospital, Lively, Ontario. Canada

Director of the Animal Research Facility and university veterinarian at Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario

Assistant professor, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Sudbury , Ontario

President/founder, Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre, Lively, Ontario

Chair of the Animal Ethics and Welfare Committee, AAHA

Member of the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee


Dr. Rod Jouppi graduated with a DVM degree from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 1978. He is co-owner of a six veterinarian small animal hospital in Northern Ontario & is also the founder and president of Wild at Heart, a wildlife refuge center, which treats all indigenous wildlife of northern Ontario. Dr. Jouppi is the Director of the Animal Research Facility and University veterinarian at Laurentian University in Sudbury Ontario and is assistant professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine where he focuses on zoonotic disease.

Dr. Jouppi is very involved with animal welfare issues. His clinic works very closely with all animal charities in the Sudbury area and he works with remote fly- in First Nation communities on James Bay setting up spay/neuter clinics as well as consulting in areas of animal care and control and related public health issues. Rod is the current chair of the Animal Ethics and Welfare committee at the American Animal Hospital association and a member of the Animal Welfare Committee at the American Veterinary medical Association. “I may wear many hats but really, my main job is being an animal advocate”