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Dr. Duane Landals - President

Dr. Landals and Duke

A fourth generation Albertan with deep roots in the province’s pioneer history, Dr. Duane Landals graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with a major in animal and soil science, in 1971.  In 1975, he obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon.

Dr. Landals spent 25 years working in a rural mixed veterinary practice. After leaving private veterinary practice, he served 13 years as Registrar and Secretary-Treasurer of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association. He is Past-President of both the Alberta and Canadian Veterinary Medical Associations and served as Vice-President of the World Veterinary Association as well as chair for the 29th World Veterinary Congress in Vancouver.

Aside from a career in veterinary medicine, Dr. Landals’ commitment to improving the care and welfare of animals extends to several appointments, including Director and Vice Chair for Alberta Farm Animal Care, and Director for Veterinarians Without Borders, Canada. 

Dr. Landals lives on a small farm near Onoway with his wife Lucille. They share their life with 19 head of riding and driving horses and a joyful golden retriever. Their farm is conveniently located close to the families of their three daughters and six grandchildren.

Dr. Landals joined the Alberta SPCA Board in 2016 and was elected President in 2018.

Doug Sawyer - Vice President

Doug and his wife Carole have a beef operation near Pine Lake. Doug has over 20 years experience working within the livestock industry, as well as serving in various capacities on numerous industry-specific boards and committees, and uses a combination of skills and abilities within the boards he serves on. Doug is a producer who stays up-to-date with current industry trends and impacts. He has a strong history of identifying and implementing advanced strategic practices and policies, and has an extensive history of engaging and collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders. He has proven experience within many facets of the beef production sector, including both cow/calf and small scale feedlot operations.

Doug joined the Alberta SPCA Board of Directors in 2014.

Bonnie Weiss - Treasurer

Bonnie Weiss was elected to the Alberta SPCA board in 2015 and appointed as Secretary, a position she currently holds. Prior to becoming involved with our society, Bonnie was a teacher and served over 35 years in that capacity. Presently, Bonnie has no pets of her own but is kept very busy with four grandchildren, three ‘grandpups’ and volunteering.

Floyd Mullaney

Floyd Mullaney brings an extensive background in law enforcement and animal care to the Alberta SPCA Board. He grew up on a mixed farm in Manitoba where horses were always present. As an adult, Floyd has shown horses professionally on the Class A circuit for over 30 years, winning numerous championships along the way. His disciplines include halter, western pleasure, ranch horse and chore team competitions.

Floyd spent 23 years working for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, including 16 years in Major Crimes investigations. After retiring from the Mounties, Floyd spent 13 years as a senior manager in Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. 

Floyd joined the Alberta SPCA Board of Directors in 2017.

Dr. Connie Varnhagen

Dr. Varnhagan is a professor of Psychology in the Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences department at the University of Alberta. As part of her work, Dr. Varnhagan studies, teaches and writes about the human-animal bond. Her educational achievements include a Masters of Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 1980 and a PhD in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara in 1985. Dr. Varnhagan is affiliated with the Centre for the Human Animal Bond at Purdue University of Veterinary Medicine where she began working with the organization to help low income people keep their pets.

Dr. Varnhagan joined the Alberta SPCA Board in 2017.  

Dr. Marion Anderson

Marion Anderson

 

Dr Marion Anderson is a veterinarian from the Innisfail area. She completed her veterinary training from WCVM in Saskatoon and spent three years at Iowa State University completing an internship and residency and earning her MSc in animal reproduction. After returning to Canada she worked in large animal practice with a focus on equine, especially equine reproduction.

After nearly two decades of private practice, Marion joined the faculty at Olds College as coordinator and instructor of the Equine Science program and manager of the Equine Reproduction Center and she is still there.

Marion has a very strong affinity for animals and takes their care and well-being very seriously. She joined the board of directors of the Alberta SPCA in 2011 and served as its president from 2012 until 2018. After a brief break, Marion returned to the board in 2021. She believes strongly in the mission and vision of the Alberta SPCA and in the great work that the organization does. She feels that it is a privilege to be able to contribute in a small way in supporting its operation.

 

Lexi Burt

Lexi and Cayenne

Lexi and her husband Michael have a beef and grain operation south of Leduc. All cattle work on the farm is completed off horseback or using a dog. Lexi is a University of Alberta graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Health in 2016. Growing up around animals gave Lexi the passion to work in agriculture, and through post-secondary education, she expanded her knowledge of livestock production practices and the realities of livestock production in Alberta.

Aside from work on the farm, Lexi enjoys training dogs in agility and disc dog.

Lexi joined the Alberta SPCA Board in 2020.

Andrea Edwards RVT

Andrea Edwards with Remy and Wee Willy

Andrea has enjoyed a diverse career as a Registered Veterinary Technologist and currently works in a small animal/exotic practice in Edmonton, where she is the hospital manager.

Born in Alberta, she was raised on an equine farm where she raised and showed black Arabians. After graduating from the NAIT Animal Health Program, she started working as an RVT in mixed animal practice where she learned a lot about dairy and beef cattle.

After having her 3 children, she went into small animal practice and found her passion for HR and business.

Andrea has been on the board of both Alberta Veterinary Associations (ABVMA and ABVTA) and is now excited to join the Alberta SPCA Board to help make a difference in animal welfare.

In her downtime she enjoys spending time at the lake with family, dogs Remy and Wee Willy and can’t leave out her cat Stella!

Alberta SPCA News

Community grant
Dan Kobe

Alberta SPCA receives grant to help keep families & pets together

The Alberta SPCA has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Edmonton Community Foundation to support our work to keep families and their pets together. The grant will be used to hire an administrative staff member for our One Family Welfare department, ensuring our frontline workers have the resources to help people and pets in

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drought
Dan Kobe

Hay Destined for Alberta SPCA Stolen

Hay Destined for the Alberta SPCA Stolen Theft Demonstrates Desperate Need for Feed Approximately 70 bales of hay that were to be donated to the Alberta SPCA was stolen from a field before Peace Officers could arrange for it to be picked up. The hay, with an approximate value of $10,000, disappeared sometime between July

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Dan Kobe

Summer Safety Message

We know to buckle up when getting into a vehicle, but what about our four-legged friends? The Alberta RCMP and Alberta SPCA remind motorists that properly restraining pets while driving is important for both their safety and yours. Improperly restrained animals can compromise the safe operation of a motor vehicle. If a pet-passenger is forcing

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