Tom Smylie, BSc. D.V.M.
Dr. Tom Smylie is currently employed as a senior staff veterinarian working for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reporting to the office of the Chief Veterinarian of Canada. Dr. Smylie joined CFIA in 2010 after spending 32 years in private practice where he was primarily engaged in dairy practice. His role at CFIA has primarily focused on Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Policy, zoning and international engagement.
Dr. Smylie has been a member of the FMD Ad Hoc committee in 2016, 2017 and 2018 at the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH formerly OIE). Dr. Smylie is the Canadian lead of the Vaccine Bank Technical Group of the North American Foot and Mouth Disease Vaccine Bank as well as a member of numerous international committees working on FMD preparedness.
Dr. Smylie has been one of the primary drivers for changes to the WOAH Terrestrial Code that would allow zoning during an FMD outbreak, and the harmonization of the waiting periods for recovery of freedom in order to pursue a vaccinate to live policy. He is co-lead on the Canada - US Zoning arrangement, has worked on numerous other zoning arrangements. He was responsible for drafting the Quads Alliance FMD Vaccine sharing arrangement and is currently working on the establishment of a Canadian FMD Vaccine Bank. Dr. Smylie remains committed to working on innovative solutions for the Canadian Livestock Industry should we experience a foreign animal disease outbreak in Canada.