Dr Whelan was infected with “Heriotism” at a young age while growing up in New Zealand. After watching the television programme and reading all the books about James Heriot’s life as a veterinarian in the Yorkshire Dales, Dr Whelan decided he was going to be a veterinarian. After spending a year at an agricultural farm training institute and another year sheep and dairy farming, Dr Whelan returned to High School to finish his final year before applying for Veterinary College. Dr Whelan graduated from Massey University in New Zealand in 1988 after completing a 5 year veterinary degree programme.
After graduating, he spent time in both large and small animal practice before returning to Massey University as a Research Officer. Here he completed a Master of Veterinary Science degree and Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination. Both qualifications were in Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology.
Dr Whelan and his wife then moved to the USA where he completed an ophthalmology residency at Texas A&M University and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1998.
Prior to starting the Animal Eye Clinic of Waterloo Region, Dr. Whelan served as an Assistant Professor at Iowa State University, a Senior Lecturer at Massey University, and more recently from 2005 – 2011 as an Associate Professor of Veterinary Ophthalmology at the Ontario Veterinary College.
Dr. Whelan enjoys meeting client’s and their pets and sharing knowledge with referring veterinarian’s and pet owner’s to improve their understanding about their pet’s eye health. In addition he has interests in corneal disease, all types of eye surgery and with his background in pharmacology, understanding the effects of eye medications in the management of animal eye diseases.