Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer for Canada

Doctor Jaspinder Komal
Dr. Jaspinder Komal

Dr. Jaspinder Komal is the Executive Director of the Animal Health Directorate, within the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) Policy and Programs Branch, and the Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer (DCVO) for Canada.

In 1994, Dr. Komal joined the CFIA as a Veterinary Inspector as well as a Laboratory Supervisor in the provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. In 2000, Dr. Komal and his family moved to Ottawa where he held various positions of increasing responsibility within the CFIA and other departments such as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and Health Canada. Most recently, he worked as the Director General of the Strategic Directions Directorate of the Science and Technology Branch and as the Director General of the Operations and Emergency Management Directorate with the Market and Industry Services Branch, both within AAFC.

Dr. Komal graduated from the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire at the Université de Montréal in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and a post-graduate degree in Veterinary Microbiology. He began his veterinary career specializing in small animals in a practice in the Eastern Townships of the province of Quebec.

As DCVO for Canada, Dr. Komal supports Dr. Harpreet Kochhar in his role as Chief Veterinary Officer for Canada. Together they lead Canada's efforts to effectively manage current and emerging disease threats in order to protect animal and human health, and to maintain international trust in Canada's inspection and certification systems in support of market access.

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