Dr. Calli Thompson, DVM, Thunder Bay, ON
My name is Calli Thompson. I am a small animal veterinarian and practice owner in Thunder Bay, Ontario. I first became involved with Nikki and the Northern Spay Neuter Program in the summer of 2015, when a request letter for volunteers came across my desk. I was immediately drawn to this organization because of their approach to managing canine population control in remote First Nations. Nikki understood the importance of involving Chief and Council to focus on long-term goals, such as implementation and enforcement of population control practices within their community. Improving the quality of life for these dogs within their current communities, rather than relocating them altogether was an important factor in my decision to become involved with this program. In September 2015, Dr. Jack Hansen and I, as well as a team of technicians/assistants from Northwestern Veterinary Hospital made the trek to Pickle Lake and held a 2-day spay/neuter clinic in Mishkeegogamang First Nation. The experience was very rewarding, and we were deeply touched by the involvement of the youth during our stay. We are currently looking to pursue our remote mobile licensing, which would allow with us to continue our involvement with the Northern Spay Neuter Program.