Projects

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The OAHN networks initiate projects, research or investigations into disease trends or issues of interest for their species sector. Results, publications, and presentations relating to these disease investigations and network operations are listed below.

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Prevalence of selected pathogens in dogs recently imported from Asia

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OAHN Poultry Research Project: Small flock poultry medicine workshop for Ontario veterinarians

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OAHN Projects
2022 - Complete

Complete

OAHN Poultry Project: Developing a Response Plan for Effective Infectious Laryngotracheitis Outbreak Management in Ontario

OAHN Aquatic Project: Biosecurity for aquatic animal facilities – content development for a website and workshop, thinkific platform and booklet

In Progress

OAHN Wildlife Project: Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Surveillance 

OAHN Wildlife Project: Identifying changes in Leptospira interrogans prevalence and serovars in wildlife in Ontario

2021 - Complete

OAHN Companion Animal Research Project: Prevalence of seroconversion to SARS-CoV-2 among dogs, cats and ferrets in close contact with humans with confirmed or probable COVID-19

OAHN Bee Network Research Project: Mid-Season Treatments for Varroa Mites, Residue Testing in Honey

OAHN Small Ruminant Research Project: Investigation of Ovine herpesvirus-2 as the cause of an idiopathic fatal vasculitis syndrome in Ontario sheep

OAHN Small Ruminant Research Project: Comparison of maedi visna serological tests including the VMRD ELISA

OAHN Bovine Project: Parasitism in Grazing Cattle in Ontario

OAHN Bovine Project: Surveillance of postmortem data from a livestock disposal site

OAHN Aquatic Network Research Project: Preliminary investigation into a proprietary feed-based probiotic to reduce natural coldwater disease in rainbow trout aquaculture in Ontario

OAHN Small Ruminant Research Project: Development and validation of a PCR test for small ruminant lentiviruses (CAEV and MVV)

OAHN Swine Network Research Project: Modelling potential hotspots of African Swine Fever in Ontario’s wild pig population

OAHN Swine Project: Ongoing investigation of an outbreak of Senecavirus A

Presentations
Conference abstracts
2017

Megan Neely, Scott Weese, Alison Moore, Murray Hazlett, Luis Arroyo. Seroprevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi and Anaplasma phagocytophilum in horses in Ontario.  Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network Conference, Guelph, Ontario.  June 2017.

Jim Fairles, Josie Given. Overview of a milk bacteriology QA program for veterinary clinics.  Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network Conference, Guelph, Ontario.  June 2017.

Alexander Heim. Mapping of the Ontario IBV outbreak. Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network Conference, Guelph, Ontario.  June 2017.

Leonardo Susta, Nancy Brochu, Marina Brash, Csaba Varga, Michele Guerin. Ontario small poultry flock disease surveillance: year one.  Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network Conference, Guelph, Ontario.  June 2017.

Csaba Varga, Marina Brash, Emily Martin, Rachel Ouckama, Mike Petrik, Cynthia Philippe, Alex Weisz, Elizabeth Black, Shahbaz Ul Haq, Mike Joyce, Kathleen Long, Joanne Rafuse, Lloyd Weber, Melanie Barham, Durda Slavic, Tim Pasma, Patrick Boerlin, Michele Guerin. Evaluating virulence genes and antimicrobial susceptibility of avian pathogenic Escherichia coli from Ontario broiler and broiler-breeder flocks. Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network Conference, Guelph, Ontario.  June 2017.

Christa Arsenault, Grant Maxie, Paul Innes, George Charbonneau, Chris Byra. Overview of the Ontario Animal Health Network swine surveillance network to improve disease emergency preparedness and its linkage to the Canadian Swine Health Information Network. Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network Conference, Guelph, Ontario.  June 2017.

Marcia Chiasson, Véronique LePage, Steve Naylor. Antimicrobial resistance in Ontario aquaculture. Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network Conference, Guelph, Ontario.  June 2017.

Melanie Barham, Jocelyn Jansen, Maria Spinato, Paula Menzies, Rex Crawford, John Hancock, Connie Dancho. Development of a responsive surveillance network for industries and veterinarians. International Sheep Veterinary Conference.  June 2017.

2016

Melanie Barham et al. Podcasts: a tool to enhance communications, lab sample quality, continuing education, and emergency preparedness with practicing veterinarians. American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, Greensboro, NC. October 2016.

Melanie Barham, Marina Brash, Csaba Varga, Leo Susta, Lloyd Weber, Elizabeth Black, Mike Petrik, Michele Guerin, Al Dam Dam, Alex Weisz. Small flock poultry diagnostics and veterinary training: a new approach to a capacity and emergency preparedness issue. American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, Greensboro, NC. October 2016.

2015

Melanie Barham et al. Development of a collaborative animal health networks to improve surveillance and emergency preparedness in Ontario, Canada.  American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, Providence, RI. October 2015.

Melanie Barham, Bruce McNab, Bev McEwen, Tim Pasma. Building animal health surveillance network using laboratory and field data. World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, Saskatoon, SK. June 2015.