Helene Van Doninck

Helene Van Doninck

Helene Van Doninck DVM is originally from Cape Breton Island and grew up in New Waterford. She graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 1991, and practised as a small animal veterinarian in Ontario and Newfoundland before settling near Truro, Nova Scotia. Read More

She still practises part time at Central Nova Animal Hospital and has been a Veterinary Technology Instructor at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. In 2001 she co-founded the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, a volunteer-based registered charitable organization providing veterinary care and rehabilitation to injured, sick and orphaned wildlife.

She delivers educational presentations to many groups and has provided instruction internationally on wildlife rehabilitation and medicine. She has special interest and expertise in the rehabilitation of raptors, seabirds, lead poisoned wildlife and oiled wildlife. Helene is currently conducting a hunter and angler outreach program which provides education on lead poisoning in wildlife from spent lead ammunition and lead-based fishing gear. She is also part of an active team dedicated to developing an oiled wildlife response network in Eastern Canada. Helene was the 2011 recipient of the Stan Hodgkiss Outdoorsperson of the Year Award, a national conservation award from the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Just recently she received the 2013 Nova Scotia Hunter's and Anglers President's Award for her continuing environmental education. Helene is not only a very cherished and active director on The NSBS board but also heads up our Conservation Committee.