Full Name
Emilia Wong Gordon
Job Title
Senior Manager, Animal Health
Speaker Bio
Dr. Gordon serves as the Senior Manager, Animal Health for the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals where she provides animal health support, training, and oversight to 36 sheltering branches province-wide. She also teaches veterinary students, participates in community partnerships and outreach, and volunteers with several groups focused on animal welfare, One Health, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Gordon’s clinical interests include infectious disease, community medicine, internal medicine, and behaviour. She has co-authored several publications on shelter infectious disease and was the lead veterinarian investigating a multi-facility feline gastroenteritis outbreak in 2018 that led to the discovery of a novel feline virus, fechavirus. Her other research interests and areas of active collaboration include animal welfare epidemiology (particularly factors leading to animal relinquishment and their relationship with human social vulnerability) and shelter feline behaviour and welfare.

Originally from the United States, Dr. Gordon holds veterinary licenses in California and British Columbia and is a board-certified specialist in Shelter Medicine Practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. She believes that cross-sector collaboration with a One Health emphasis is essential to the shared goals of the animal welfare, veterinary, and human health professions. These include the provision of accessible, culturally safe, community-based care that meets human-animal families where they are.
Emilia Wong Gordon