Dr. Walt Ingwersen

WSAVA Executive Board Member

PRESIDENT

Executive Board Liason
GLOBAL PAIN COUNCIL


72 Melville Street
Dundas Ontario
Canada, L9H 2A1

 

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Dr. Walt Ingwersen – a short biography

Dr. Ingwersen is a 1982 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). He returned to OVC to undertake an internship and residency in small animal internal medicine during which he completed his post-graduate Doctor of Veterinary Science degree and achieved certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine as a specialist in the area of veterinary internal medicine. From 1987 to 1998, he was chief of veterinary internal medicine at a multi-person, general/specialty veterinary clinic on the east side of Toronto becoming its hospital director in 1993. Beginning in September of 1998, he changed career directions by becoming the first Canadian to act as editor of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, a scientific journal with a circulation of approximately 14,000 worldwide. Dr. Ingwersen also provides consulting services to the pet health industry, including the areas of microchipping, pet health insurance, and clinical pathology laboratory medicine. Since June 2002, he has been a consultant to the Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Ltd, Vetmedica Companion Animal team and joined in a full-time capacity in January, 2004. He continues to provide internal medicine consultative advice, assisting veterinarians across Canada in making health care decisions and recommendations for the patients they treat. He has also been very active in volunteer veterinary medical associations, being past president of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association and past chair of the Canadian and World Small Animal Veterinary Medical Associations’ microchip committees. He was the 2000 recipient of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s president’s award that recognizes outstanding contribution to the veterinary profession in Canada and in January 2004, he was appointed editor of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and in August 2008 joined the WSAVA Executive Board as Honorary Secretary and now holds the Vice President position. He has published over 20 scientific articles, chapters, and commentaries in the veterinary literature and is editor for the new graduate textbook titled The First Bite: A Comprehensive Guide for Establishing and Growing Your Veterinary Career. He currently resides in Dundas, Ontario with his wife June and his two children, Jessica and Cory, and their two yellow Labrador retrievers named Dharma and Charlie.


Dr. Walt Ingwersen – condensed biography

Dr. Ingwersen is a 1982 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) where he returned to complete an internship and residency in small animal internal medicine resulting in his post-graduate Doctor of Veterinary Science degree and certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine as a specialist in the area of veterinary internal medicine. From 1987 to 1998, he was chief of veterinary internal medicine at a multi-person, general/specialty veterinary clinic on the east side of Toronto becoming its hospital director in 1993. Beginning in September of 1998, he changed career directions by becoming the first Canadian to act as editor of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Ingwersen also provides consulting services to the pet health industry, including the areas of microchipping, pet health insurance, and clinical pathology laboratory medicine. Since June 2002, he has been a consultant to the Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Ltd., Vetmedica Companion Animal team joining them in a full-time capacity as of January 2004. He continues to provide internal medicine consultative advice, assisting veterinarians across Canada in making health care decisions and recommendations for the patients they treat.  An active volunteer for provincial, national, and international veterinary medical associations, he is currently the World Small Animal Veterinary Medical Association Vice President.

 

Personalized

I am a 1982 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College (an old timer ;-), where I returned to do an internship and residency in small animal internal medicine during which lead to a post-graduate Doctor of Veterinary Science degree and board certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine as a specialist in the area of veterinary internal medicine. Recognizing the emerging field of specialty medicine in private practice,  I took on the role of chief of veterinary internal medicine at a multi-person, general/specialty veterinary clinic on the east side of Toronto from 1987 to 1998, becoming its hospital director in 1993. However, always willing to try new ideas and “still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up”, I changed career paths in 1998, becoming the first Canadian to act as editor of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, as well as providing consulting services to the animal health industry and private practitioners in the area of clinical pathology and internal medicine.
 Since June 2002, I  became a consultant to the Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Ltd, Vetmedica Companion Animal team and joined in a full-time capacity in January, 2004. I have also been very active in volunteer veterinary medical associations, being past president of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association and past chair of the Canadian and World Small Animal Veterinary Medical Associations’ microchip committees. In January 2004, I was appointed editor of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, in August 2008 joined the WSAVA Executive Board as Honorary Secretary, and now hold the Vice President position.  I love to write and have been fortunate to publish  over 20 scientific articles, chapters, and commentaries in the veterinary literature and am editor for the new graduate textbook titled The First Bite: A Comprehensive Guide for Establishing and Growing Your Veterinary Career, by Drs. Tait and Asuman.
 
I live in Dundas, Ontario, a small town nestled between the shores of Lake Ontario and  the Niagara Escarpment (a recognized  UNESCO Biosphere Reserve), with lots of hiking and biking surrounded by wonderful vistas and waterfalls. I live here with my wife June and two children, Jessica and Cory, and our two yellow Labrador retrievers named Dharma and Charlie. For fun, weekends in the summer are spent at a cabin in northern Ontario where water sports (from swimming and stick throwing – for the dogs of course! ;-) - to water skiing and wake boarding keep us busy for the day. In the winter, the activities hit the ski slopes, combining a love of travel and downhill skiing.
 
But my passion is veterinary medicine and it is both an honour and privilege to be a member of such a dynamic association  - and fun to boot! I really look forward to meeting as many of you as possible over my next years of involvement.


Phone: 
+1 905-627-8540