Meet the experts

Our panel of experts includes veterinarians and other veterinary health practitioners.

Please note, veterinary medicine is an evolving field of study and there are many differing views and opinions. As such, the information reviewed by any member on our expert panel may not necessarily represent the views and opinions of all members.

Dr. Wanda Vockeroth

Dr. Vockeroth is well-known for her merging of conventional and holistic veterinary medicine. She is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and Veterinary Homeopathy, has studied a range of other holistic therapies. veterinary osteopathy, craniosacral therapy, Chinese herbology, and western herbology. Dr. Vockeroth also advises clients on natural nutrition and supplementation. She now practices at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic in southwest Calgary.

Dr. Dirk Dekens

Dr. Dirk Dekens got his doctoral degree in veterinary medicine in 1986 in Ghent, Belgium. After emigrating to Canada in 1989, Dr. Dekens worked as an emergency vet at Calgary Animal Emergency Clinic and as the first full-time vet at the Calgary Humane Society. Dr. Dekens has owned and operated a mobile veterinary practice, Dekens Housecall Veterinary Services, in Calgary and surrounding area since 1999. He was one of the first to initiate this type of practice in the community. Dr. Dekens and his wife Darlene, share their lives with a Yorkshire Terrier named Sugar, and two Papillons, Cayenne and Chai.

Dr. Meg Smart, DVM, PhD

Dr. Smart has made many contributions to the veterinary community, but she is likely most well-known for her expertise in the area of animal nutrition. In addition to her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Smart has a PhD in Agriculture, with a focus on animal nutrition. Her career spans 40 years that included teaching and research in both large and companion animals with a focus on nutrition. She retired from Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in June 2014, and remains a Professor Emeritus of Veterinary Clinical Nutrition.

Dr. Al Townshend

Dr. Al graduated from the University Of Georgia School Of Veterinary Medicine in 1969. In 1972 he established the Eastern Shore Animal Hospital in his hometown of Chestertown, Maryland. His awareness of the value of nutrition lead him to also take a position as a consultant for Eagle Pet Products, Inc in 1993. In 2006 Dr. Al retired from active practice and took a full time position as Staff Veterinarian at Eagle Pack, which is now under the umbrella of WellPet.
Dr. Townshend is a contributing author to the text “Canine Sports Medicine and Surgery” and has received the coveted "Golden Stethoscope Award" from the Iditarod Sled Dog Race for contributions above and beyond the call of duty in bringing veterinary care to the
dogs of the Iditarod.