Annual RESEARCH REPORT. Western College of Veterinary Medicine

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1 Annual RESEARCH REPORT Western College of Veterinary Medicine

2 C O N T E N T S 1 Introductory Messages 2 Research Profile: Dr. Steve Hendrick, Large Animal Clinical Sciences 4 Research Profile: Dr. Lynn Weber, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences 6 WCVM Faculty and Research Interests 12 The Impact of WCVM Research 14 Research: The Next Generation 22 Research Awards: Research CENTRAL 26 Great Research at Goodale 28 Research Profile: Dr. Janet Hill, Veterinary Microbiology 30 Peer-reviewed Journal Articles 36 Research Profile: Dr. Susantha Gomis, Veterinary Pathology 38 Research Profile: Dr. Trent Bollinger, Veterinary Pathology 40 Books, Reviews, Presentations 49 Contributed Papers Cows at WCVM s Goodale Research Farm. Photo: Michael Raine

3 D R. C H A R L E S R H O D E S Dean, Western College of Veterinary Medicine It s always exciting to talk about the Western College of Veterinary Medicine s successes, and lately, it s been quite easy to find good news stories associated with the College s research and graduate teaching programs. One prime example was the completion of WCVM s new research wing in the spring of The two-storey building with its two open-plan laboratories and its specialized technologies has become a true catalyst for new research collaborations and projects at the College. The completed expansion and renovation of the College s Animal Care Unit will be a great benefit to animal research studies. WCVM researchers, as well as scientists from other colleges and centres across campus, are using the facilities to conduct research on everything from aquatic toxicology to new vaccines in swine. When it comes to people, we ve been very fortunate to welcome new faculty who specialize in emerging areas such as food safety and public health, animal and human vaccine development, zoonotic diseases, and emergency medicine and critical care. We look forward to benefiting from their expertise as they participate in our graduate teaching programs and develop new research collaborations in their areas of interest. More people, activities and resources requires greater funding support, and it s been very encouraging to see the College s supporters governments, corporations, individuals and other stakeholders invest in innovative ideas that hold the potential to improve the health of animals, people and our environment. Your continuing support is much appreciated and essential to future research successes. I hope the 2007 WCVM Annual Research Report creates for you a vivid snapshot of our College s research program, and as always, you re welcome to contact any of our researchers with questions about their research activities. Dr. Charles Rhodes Dean, Western College of Veterinary Medicine D R. N O R M A N R A W L I N G S Associate Dean, Research, Western College of Veterinary Medicine In this 2007 edition of the College s Annual Research Report, we ve taken a closer look at some of the numbers associated with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine s research record in the past few years. What s exciting to report is that based on these statistics, we know that the College s research program is in the midst of a healthy growth spurt. One of the most noticeable areas of growth is in research funding. In the past six years, WCVM s annual research dollars from public and private sources have increased from $4.3 million to $10.5 million in Part of that increase can be attributed to a rise in federal Tri-Council funding for WCVM projects. Financial support for food animal health and wildlife health research studies is also going up along with funding for comparative medicine research, equine health investigations and companion animal studies. Several factors are helping to fuel this growth spurt: we ve attracted new faculty who have strong research interests, plus we ve gained some new collaborative research positions that are based at the College. As well, I think we re seeing a general increase of research activity among WCVM s faculty. Many of our newer faculty members are having success in acquiring research grants while the influence of new research positions is involving the College in collaborations across campus and across the country. As WCVM s research program grows, so has its graduate student population over the past five years thanks to increases in space, faculty numbers and funding dollars. This population rise is a very welcome sign, indicating the health of our graduate studies program and the country s growing need for people with post-graduate level training. Reviewing our research performance in the past few years has been a very useful exercise: it s highlighted our strengths as well as areas where we still have potential to grow. Now, with the College s new research wing and its renovated Animal Care Unit in full operation, we look forward to seeing how access to new facilities, new technologies and new ideas will stimulate the College s research program to even greater levels in the coming years. Dr. Norman C. Rawlings Associate Dean (Research), Western College of Veterinary Medicine 1

4 Research Dollars RESEARCH DOLLARS at WCVM have increased by 142 per cent in the past six years $4,340, $6,720, $5,410, $5,740, $6,720, $10,500,000 Since 2001, WCVM s annual research funding from public and private sources has risen from $4.3 million to $10.5 million an increase of more than 140 per cent. What s behind the growth spurt? Dr. Norm Rawlings, WCVM s associate dean of research, believes it s a combination of factors: new faculty with strong research interests, enhanced interprovincial funding for hiring new faculty, and new collaborative research positions based at WCVM. Through research, I hope to help the national cattle industry groups develop a Johne s disease control strategy that s not only scientifically defendable, but effective and practical for producers. Dr. Steve Hendrick The main goal of my research is to gain a better understanding of the host, the agent and the environmental factors associated with the spread of Johne s disease in dairy and beef cattle populations. If we can learn more about these aspects of the disease, we can develop more effective diagnostic testing, on-farm prevention and control strategies. Johne s disease or bovine paratuberculosis is a production-limiting disease of cattle, but its main cause for concern is the potential role that it may play in the development of Crohn s disease in people. Because of this possible link, many cattle-exporting countries have already developed national control programs for Johne s disease. If Canada doesn t follow suit, this could be the next disease to result in industry trade barriers. Through research, I hope to help cattle industry groups develop a Johne s disease control strategy that s not only scientifically defendable, but effective and practical for producers. That s where my clinical and extension work at WCVM is invaluable since it allows me to hear about on-farm issues from producers and veterinarians. Through these relationships, we ve also been able to include herds across Western Canada as we address real-life issues for cattle producers in our research. Our focus on finding practical solutions has garnered the support of national and provincial cattle industry groups. Funding partners include the Alberta Beef Producers, Ontario Cattlemen s Association, Beef Cattle Research Council and Dairy Farmers of Canada. Other sources are the Westgen Endowment Fund, Alberta Livestock Industry Development Fund, Public Health Agency of Canada and the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). While I can contribute on-farm clinical experience and direct access to animals and people in the field, I also rely on the expertise of others. Two key people are Drs. John Campbell and Cheryl Waldner who have been mentors since I joined WCVM in They ve encouraged me to become involved in the College s disease investigation unit, and that has led to some interesting research questions. Dr. John McKinnon of the U of S College of Agriculture and Bioresources has been another mentor who has helped to instigate new research opportunities for me and has encouraged my involvement in the university s Sustainable Beef Systems Research Group. These mentors have provided invaluable support as we expand our Johne s disease investigations. One recently-completed project is a case-control study to compare the management practices of beef cattle herds with Johne s disease to herds that are disease-free. While we re still analyzing results, I ve shared our findings with producers and identified management practices that appear to make a difference in disease control. I m now involved in a similar study that will evaluate risk assessmentbased control programs in dairy herds. This project may eventually help to shape a national control strategy for Johne s disease. Dr. David Kelton, one of my graduate supervisors at the Ontario Veterinary College, is organizing the project. One of Dr. Kelton s PhD students will conduct a follow-up investigation 2

5 Dr. Steve Hendrick and Dr. Brandy Burgess, graduate student Dr. Steve Hendrick was raised on a cow-calf and feedlot operation in southwestern Ontario. After graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2001, he spent a year in large animal practice where he focused on dairy and beef cattle. In 2002, Hendrick returned to OVC s Department of Population Medicine to complete his Doctor of Veterinary Science degree with the Ruminant Health Management group. His thesis research project focused on several aspects of Johne s disease in dairy cattle. Hendrick joined the Western College of Veterinary Medicine s Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences in July The assistant professor is involved in the College s Field Service practice that provides veterinary services to cow-calf, feedlot and dairy operations in the Saskatoon area. Beyond his clinical duties, Hendrick teaches veterinary students, continues his research on Johne s disease and other bovine health issues, and is part of WCVM s disease investigation unit. Photo: Debra Marshall on a risk assessment study that we carried out in 2005 with the assistance of Canada s dairy herd improvement organizations. Johne s disease is the focus of three other WCVM studies. In the first project, I m conducting a comparison of pooled fecal and environmental cultures as a means of detecting Johne s disease in beef herds. In a second study, I m working with Drs. Denis Krause, Kim Ominski and Kees Plazier of the University of Manitoba, and Dr. Tim McAllister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to look at the effect of composting on the survivability of Johne s disease in infected carcasses. As well, Dr. Claire Card of WCVM and I are evaluating the immune response of calves and the effect of vaccinations on the animals. Our goal is to better understand animals acute response to Johne s disease and how future vaccines could address that response. Potentially, our findings may also help to analyze other intracellular pathogens like equine herpes virus. Another research interest is the critical issue of Mycoplasma bovis infection in beef cattle herds. With the help of Dr. Murray Jelinski, the Alberta Chair in Beef Cattle Health and Production Medicine, Dr. Campbell and I have made research connections with key people in Alberta s feedlot industry. We re now working on a Mycoplasma-related study with Drs. Calvin Booker and Colleen Pollock at Feedlot Health Management Services in Okotoks, Alta. The study focuses on the use of lung biopsies as a disease indicator and the development of a reliable biopsy technique. My graduate student, Dr. Brandy Burgess, is working on this project as part of her Master of Science program. We re also working on another Mycoplasma project in collaboration with Dr. Ken Bateman at the University of Guelph. Besides these projects, I m working on several other cattle health studies. For instance, I ve worked with WCVM s Dr. Joe Stookey on the behavioural assessment and mitigation of pain post-castration in beef calves. Other studies include a project looking at the impact of a calf scour vaccination strategy on maternal antibody-responses, an evaluation of bovine respiratory treatment strategy on the occurrence of chronic pneumonia and polyarthritis syndrome in feedlot calves, bovine respiratory disease pathogen surveillance, and the impact of trace mineral status on beef cows reproductive performance. We re developing new collaborations and projects, but we re also benefiting from previous partnerships that I made while I was at the University of Guelph. For example, I m working with Dr. Sarah Parker, the Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food Research Chair in On-Farm Food Safety, to conduct a national on-farm food safety survey of dairy producers. Since I worked closely with the national dairy herd improvement organizations in the past, the two groups have assisted us in delivering our survey to dairy producers. My previous research links may also lead to future opportunities. Besides my projects with Drs. Kelton and Bateman, I ve been working on proposals with Dr. Marie Archambault (now at the University of Montréal) and Dr. Herman Barkema (University of Calgary). Over time, I also hope to collaborate with human scientists as we learn more about the potential link between Johne s disease and Crohn s disease. These are exciting research collaborations and challenges that I look forward to being part of in the future. 3

6 Faculty Renewal WCVM has attracted 30 new faculty members since a renewal rate of 45 per cent. During the same period, the College s faculty has experienced a net increase of 28 per cent (increase in faculty after retirements and resignations are subtracted from new appointments) total: 65 faculty total: total: total: total: total: 87 new faculty WCVM s annual research dollars have grown since 2002 and so has its federal Tri-Council funding. One contributing factor is faculty renewal over the past five years. Thanks to enhanced interprovincial funding for faculty positions, WCVM has successfully attracted new academics in various disciplines. As well, WCVM has become home base for a number of new research and extension placements. WCVM s faculty includes two Canada Research Chairs as well as five other specialists whose new positions are funded by provincial and federal agencies. What s exciting about our research is the potential for our findings to influence the future direction of health and environmental regulations in Canada. Dr. Lynn Weber My research program s main objective is to investigate the impact of environmental pollutants or other toxic agents on cardiovascular health. Although it s fairly accepted that pollutants impact the health of animals in the environment, the effect in humans is relatively less recognized. My research examines how many organic contaminants that are known to affect the cardiovascular health of fish may similarly affect terrestrial vertebrates including humans. Toxicants of interest include dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs): all exert at least some of their toxicity through activation of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR). These contaminants are found in various polluted waterways and affect fish health, but they re also present in industrial wastes, electrical transformers, petroleum products and all sources of smoke including tobacco smoke. Genetic predisposition, exposure to tobacco smoke, diet and obesity are the major contributors to risk of heart disease the number one killer in humans from the developed world. However, there s still a large fraction of heart disease (estimated to be as high as 30 per cent of all cases by some researchers) that remains unexplained. Through our research, we hope to better understand whether environmental toxicants contribute to this unexplained source of heart disease. Our human biomedical research focuses on the role of secondhand tobacco smoke in producing heart disease and the ability of red wine to protect against it. Specifically, we re exploring the role of PAHs (a toxic component of cigarette and other sources of smoke) in causing disease. We re also investigating the role of resveratrol, a polyphenolic compound from red wine, in protecting the cardiovascular system. To assess how pollutants affect the cardiovascular system, our research team combines echocardiography, vascular ultrasound and blood pressure telemetry techniques with isolated tissue bath, histopathological, biochemical and molecular techniques. The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation supports our work in this area through a two-year New Investigator Establishment grant. As part of our program, PhD student Dr. Ahmad Al-Dissi is investigating the role of PAHs in tobacco smoke-induced vascular and lung dysfunction in pigs. Another graduate student, Nicole Gentner, is conducting similar work in rats as part of her Master of Science program. A second ongoing project in our laboratory is an epidemiological study of secondhand tobacco smoke effects on cardiovascular function in pet dogs. The Gavina-Maggie-Reekie Fund for Canine Research, a fund administered by WCVM s Companion Animal Health Fund, has supported this project that involves Tim German, a third-year veterinary student whose goal is to complete an MSc degree during his veterinary program. Another vital aspect of our research is to expand our understanding of how the fish cardiovascular system works. The major goal is to characterize the interaction of genes and the environment with 4

7 Dr. Lynn Weber, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Dr. Lynn Weber joined the Western College of Veterinary Medicine s Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences in December 2005 as an assistant professor. Her teaching responsibilities include physiology and pharmacology courses for undergraduate students as well as graduate-level instruction in cardiovascular physiology and environmental toxicology. Weber completed her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of British Columbia, earning a BSc degree (pharmacy) in 1991 and her PhD degree (pharmacology and toxicology) in As well, she was a post-doctoral fellow in the University of Calgary s Smooth Muscle Research Group for two years, and a post-doctoral researcher in zoology at Oklahoma State University from 1998 to Weber s main research focus is on the effect of environmental toxicants on the cardiovascular system in mammals and fish. Photo: Debra Marshall cardiovascular function. Specifically, we want to understand the effect of aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) stimulation and inhibition on fish arteries. AhR is a protein that mediates the adaptive and toxic responses to many environmental pollutants. Dioxins, PAHs and other pollutants work at least in part by activating AhR, but how that process occurs still isn t clear. In our projects, we use zebrafish and rainbow trout as model species to examine how these toxicants act by themselves or in combination with other environmental stressors (such as hypoxia) to exert their effects via alterations in gene transcription. The changes in gene expression are then correlated with alterations in cardiovascular function or performance. Fish function is assessed using digital analyses of cardiovascular performance from microscopic images of larval fish, in isolated arteries using organ bath techniques, in adult fish using swim performance and detailed swim motion analyses in juvenile fish. This project also uses transgenic zebrafish with endothelial cell-specific green fluorescent protein to enable visualization of the vasculature and toxicant-induced alterations in vasculogenesis. In addition, we re using RNA silencing techniques to knock down expression of key proteins in zebrafish larvae to enable dissection of mechanisms of cardiovascular toxicity. While most investigations will take place in my laboratory at WCVM, we will also use resources in WCVM s new research wing and in the U of S Toxicology Centre s new aquatic research facility. Our fish-related research activities and resources are receiving multiyear support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). In this area, I work closely with MSc student Brandie Bugiak whose work focuses on developing methods to measure the role of AhR in zebrafish cardiovascular development and toxicity. A new team member is Jordan Marit, an MSc student who is investigating whether AhRmediated cardiovascular defects alter swim performance in juvenile fish. What s exciting about our research is the potential for our findings to influence the future direction of Canada s health and environmental regulations. Greater knowledge about the role of environmental toxicants in heart disease will enable public health officials to set regulations and legislation that are more effective in protecting people s long-term health and reducing costs to Canada s medical system. Our research team will also learn more about how pollutants affect long-term fish survival information that will allow regulators to set environmental limits that better protect Canada s fish resources. 5

8 FACULTY AND RESEARCH INTERESTS The Western College of Veterinary Medicine has five departments with more than 130 academic and adjunct faculty, clinical associates, professional affiliates and associates involved in teaching, research, clinical and diagnostic activities at the veterinary college. The research interests of WCVM faculty cover a wide range of scientific and medical disciplines, and based on their specialized knowledge, many WCVM scientists play active roles in research collaborations around the world. LARGE ANIMAL CLINICAL SCIENCES Academic Faculty J. (Jeremy) Bailey, BVSc, MVetSc (Diplomate, ACVS). Professor, Surgery, and Associate Dean (Academic). Research interests: wound healing and reconstructive surgery, the pathogenesis of tendon injuries and tendon metabolism. S. (Spencer) Barber, DVM (Diplomate, ACVS). Professor, Surgery. Research interests: arthrodesis of the carpometacarpal joint, evaluation of commercial wound products, and enhancement of second intention wound healing. A. (Albert) Barth, DVM, MVSc (Diplomate, ACT). Professor, General Theriogenology. Research interests: sperm morphology, pathogenesis of abnormal spermatogenesis, testis degeneration, vesicular gland infections, factors affecting pubertal development, serving capacity, and seasonality. Bailey walks in the new canine aquatic treadmill with the help of Drs. Cindy Shmon and Matt Johnson. Photo: Michael Raine 6

9 J. (John) Campbell, DVM, DVSc. Associate Professor, Epidemiology. Research interests: epidemiology, epidemiology of bovine trichomoniasis, vitamin E and selenium status of cow-calf herds, and factors affecting culling of breeding bulls. C. (Claire) Card, DVM, PhD (Diplomate, ACT). Professor, Equine Theriogenology. Research interests: pathogenesis of congenital hypothyroidism dysmaturity syndrome in foals, the use of computer-assisted ultrasound image analysis, low dose insemination, semen cryopreservation, fertility of frozen semen and breeding-induced inflammation in the mare. J. (James) Carmalt, NA, VetMB, MVetSc, MRCVS (Diplomate, ABVP Equine, ACVS). Associate Professor, Equine Surgery. Research interests: minimally invasive surgery, surgery of the equine head (including teeth), and pastern arthrodesis. T. (Terry) Carruthers, DVM, PhD. Associate Professor, Dairy, and Graduate Student Chair. Research interests: postpartum reproductive physiology and endocrinology in cattle, folliculogenesis and superovulation, dairy herd health implementation and dairy cow nutrition. C. (Chris) Clark, BA (Hons), Vet MB, MVetSc. Assistant Professor, Large Animal Medicine. Research interests: cattle lameness and the control and prevention of infectious disease. T. (Tasha) Epp, DVM, PhD. Associate Professor, Zoonotic Disease. Research interests: identifying and studying important zoonotic diseases in Western Canada (especially in northern communities), and promoting the veterinarian s role in public health. J. (Jeremy) Haigh, BVMS, MRCVS, MSc (Diplomate, ACZM). Professor, Wildlife. Research interests: wildlife, game farm management, wildlife medicine and production. J. (John) Harding, DVM, MSc. Associate Professor, Swine. Research interests: Improving the productivity, efficiency and health status of intensive swine operations in Western Canada. S. (Steve) Hendrick, DVM, DVS. Assistant Professor, Field Service. Research interests: on-farm prevention and control of infectious and non-infectious diseases in beef and dairy cattle populations (Johne s disease, Mycoplasma bovis, trace minerals and on-farm food safety). M. (Murray) Jelinski, DVM, MSc. Alberta Chair in Beef Cattle Health and Production Medicine. Research interests: demographics of the veterinary profession, Mycoplsma bovis, and practical applications of genomics to the beef industry. K. (Katharina) Lohmann, MedVet, PhD (Diplomate, ACVIM). Associate Professor, Large Animal Medicine. Research interests: infectious diseases, endotoxemia, host factors in inflammation and infection, and calf acidosis. S.T. (Stephen) Manning, DVM, MSc (Diplomate, ACT). Associate Professor, Field Service (Equine). Research interests: mare and stallion subfertility and infertility, advanced reproductive techniques in horses, equine preventive medicine and disease surveillance. R. (Reuben) Mapletoft, DVM, MS, PhD. Professor, Theriogenology. Research interests: artificial insemination and embryo transfer in cattle. F. (Fernando) Marqués, DVM (Diplomate ACVIM). Associate Professor, Large Animal Medicine. Research interests: infectious diseases, sepsis and inflammation; the immune response to infection and vaccine formulation. C. (Colin) Palmer, DVM, MVetSc (Diplomate, ACT). Associate Professor, General Theriogenology. Research interests: semen collection and breeding soundness evaluation in the bull, postpartum metritis in the cow, canine semen preservation and termination of pregnancy in the dog. L. (Lyall) Petrie, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS. Professor, Internal Medicine. Research interests: neonatal calf diarrhea and bovine lameness and problems of the bovine hoof. C. (Charles) Rhodes, BSc, DVM, MSc. Professor and Dean. Research interests: food animal medicine and swine herd health. J. (Joseph) Stookey, BSc, MSc, PhD. Professor, Animal Behaviour. Research interests: maternal and social behaviour of cattle, swine and sheep, plus the factors that influence handling and temperament in beef cattle. H. (Hugh) Townsend, BSc, DVM, MSc. Professor, Internal Medicine. Research interests: infectious disease epidemiology; public health; vaccine development, formulation, delivery and efficacy; and the immune response to infection. C.L. (Cheryl) Waldner, DVM, PhD. Professor, Epidemiology. Research interests: factors affecting the health and productivity of cow-calf herds in Western Canada. D. (David) Wilson, DVM (Diplomate, ACVS). Professor, Surgery, and Department Head, Large Animal Clinical Sciences. Research interests: implant biomechanics, developmental orthopedic disease and minimally invasive surgical techniques. M. (Murray) Woodbury, DVM, MSc. Associate Professor, Specialized Livestock, and Agri-Food Innovation Fund Research Chair for Alternative and Specialized Livestock Production Medicine. Clinical Associates, BSc, DVM. Equine Practice., DVM. Surgery., DVM, MSc, MRCVS. Field Service, Internal Medicine., BSc, BVSc, MVetSc. Clinical Bovine Practice., DVM. Field Service. Professional Affiliates and Associates BSc, DVM. Public Health Agency of Canada, Epidemiology., BSc, DVM, MVetSc. Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food Research Chair in On-Farm Food Safety. Research interests: epidemiology and factors affecting control of foodborne hazards (pre- and post-harvest) in food production. Professors Emeriti, DVM. Dairy Herd Specialist., BVSc, MSc (Diplomate, ACT). General Theriogenology., DVM, MCE. Continuing Veterinary Education and Extension., DVM, PhD (Diplomate, ACT). Bovine Theriogenology., VMD (Diplomate, ACVS). Equine Surgery., MRCVS, FRCVS. Bovine Lameness. 7

10 Small Animal Clinical Sciences Academic Faculty, DVM, MRCVS (Diplomate AVDC, EVDC). Associate Professor, Dentistry. Research interests: veterinary dentistry. Dr.med.vet. (Diplomate, ACVIM), Associate Professor, Small Animal Medicine. Research interests: cardiovascular disease, hypertension, congestive heart disease and multimedia teaching; immune-mediated disease: optimizing therapy for immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), and polyarthritis; hemostasis and endurance training in sled dogs. T. (Tanya) Duke, BVetMed, MRCVS, DVA (Diplomate, ACVA). Professor, Anesthesiology. Research interests: general anesthesia including pathophysiology; pain control; muscle relaxants; intensive care; and anesthesia for minimum access surgery., DVM, (Diplomate, ABVP, ACVO). Professor, Veterinary Ophthalmology. Research interests: development of an anterior chamber to frontal sinus silastic implant for treatment of primary glaucoma; retinopathies in dogs; ocular problems in dogs and cats; and congenital stationary night blindness in the horse. DVM, MS (Diplomate, ACVS), Associate Professor, Small Animal Surgery. Research interests: avian orthopedics and treatment of hip dysplasia. V. (Valerie) MacDonald Dickinson, BSc, DVM (Diplomate, ACVIM Medical Oncology). Associate Professor, Medical Oncology. Research interests: medical oncology. M. (Monique) Mayer, BSc, DVM, MS (Diplomate, ACVR Radiation Oncology). Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology. Research interests: radiation oncology. BS (Hons), DVM, MSc. Associate Professor, Emergency and Critical Care. Research interests: emergency and critical care. D. (Dennilyn) Parker, DVM, MVetSc (Diplomate, ABVP Avian). Assistant Professor, Exotic, Wildlife and Zoological Medicine. Research interests: avian renal portal system, ferret diseases, and rabbit gastro-intestinal system. J.W. (John) Pharr, DVM, MSc (Diplomate, ACVR, ECVDI). Professor, Medical Imaging. Research interests: general ultrasonography, cardiac diagnostic imaging, orthopedic radiology, magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography. K. (Klaas) Post, DVM, MVetSc. Professor, Small Animal Medicine and Department Head, Small Animal Clinical Sciences. Research interests: small animal reproduction. L. (Lynne) Sandmeyer, DVM, DVSc (Diplomate, ACVO). Associate Professor, Veterinary Ophthalmology. Research interests: antiviral agents against feline herpesvirus and hereditary retinal disease of horses and dogs. C.L. (Cindy) Shmon, DVM, DVSc (Diplomate, ACVS). Associate Professor, Small Animal Surgery. Research interests: soft tissue surgery and orthopedics; neurosurgery; lumbosacral disease; and diseases in working dogs. M.E. (Meg) Smart, DVM, PhD. Professor, Veterinary Clinical Nutrition. Research interests: trace mineral nutrition of cattle and nutrition in metabolism. E.C.R. (Elisabeth) Snead, BSc, DVM (Diplomate ACVIM). Assistant Professor, Small Animal Medicine. Research interests: canine and feline diabetes mellitus, feline mycoplasma and oncology. S.M. (Susan) Taylor, DVM (Diplomate ACVIM). Professor, Small Animal Medicine. Research interests: hyperthyroidism in cats; calcium metabolism in hypercalcemia and malignancy; pharmacologic alteration of mucociliary clearance in dogs and cats; and muscle disease in dogs. K. (Kimberly) Tryon, DVM, MVetSc. Assistant Professor, Medical Imaging. Research interests: general radiology, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); and ultrasonography (general and cardiac). Clinical Associates, DVM. Veterinary anesthesiology., DVM. Veterinary anesthesiology., DVM. Veterinary anesthesiology. DVM. Radiation oncology. J. (Johanna) Heseltine, DVM, MS (Diplomate, ACVIM). Small animal medicine. DVM. Veterinary anesthesiology. DVM. Small animal surgery. Adjunct Professors DVM (Diplomate, ACVS). Adjunct Professor, Small Animal Surgery. Research interests: microvascular surgery, orthopedics and neurology. BSc, DVM, MVetSc (Diplomate, ABVP Avian). Adjunct Professor, Small Animal Clinical Sciences. Assistant Director, Animal Resources Centre. Professors Emeriti BSc, MRCVS (Diplomate, ACVA). Anesthesiology. Research interests: malignant hyperthermia, postoperative myopathy and pain control. BSc, DVM (Diplomate ACVR), Medical Imaging. Research interests: diseases of the thorax. Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Academic Faculty, DVM, MSc, PhD (Diplomate, ACT). Professor. Research interests: reproductive biology. BSc, DVM, MSc, PhD. Professor and Department Head, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences. Research interests: veterinary toxicology, nutritional toxicology and immunotoxicology. P.M. (Trisha) Dowling, BSc, DVM, MS (Diplomate, ACVIM, ACVCP). Professor. Research interests: clinical pharmacology of antimicrobials and calcium channel blocking drugs. M. (Monique) Dubé, BSc, MSc, PhD. Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Ecosystem Health Diagnosis. Research interests: 8

11 Dr. Ted Leighton, Veterinary Pathology RESEARCH LEADER: For the past three years, WCVM veterinary pathologist Dr. Ted Leighton has played an integral role in Canada s concerted efforts to learn more about prion diseases like chronic wasting disease (CWD) and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Leighton is a member of PrioNet Canada s research management committee and serves as a theme leader for the national organization s CWD-related research initiatives. Scientists from institutions across North America including Drs. Trent Bollinger, Cheryl Waldner, François Messier and Leighton of the University of Saskatchewan have joined together to identify ways of managing the disease. The researchers goal is to find economic and non-destructive ways of managing CWD in Canada. Visit for more information. Photo: Debra Marshall integrated aquatic health assessment and indicators of stress in fish and benthic invertebrates. BSA, BSc, PhD. Professor. Research interests: the activity of ion transport proteins involved in the pathology of diarrheal diseases and cystic fibrosis., BSc, MSc, PhD. Professor and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Toxicology. Research interests: aquatic and wildlife toxicology related to endocrine disrupters and ecological risk assessment. D.L. (Don) Hamilton, BSc, DVM, PhD. Professor. Research interests: molecular biology of the hypoxic response; and physiological responses in the endurance horse. L.M. (Linda) Hiebert, BSc, MSc, PhD, Postgraduate Diploma in Toxicology. Professor. Research interests: antithrombotic drugs (specifically heparin), and the biology of endothelial cells., DVM/MSc, PhD. Associate Professor. Research interests: reproductive endocrinology and molecular biology., BSc, MSc, PhD. Associate Professor. Research interests: aquatic toxicology with particular emphasis on vertebrates and reproductive biology. K.L. (Karen) Machin, BSc, DVM, MSc, PhD. Associate Professor. Research interests: stress physiology and environmental impacts on physiology in wildlife (particularly avian species)., DVM, PhD. Professor. Research interests: neurophysiology of motor control., BSc, MS, PhD. Professor and Associate Dean (Research). Research interests: reproductive endocrinology, especially basic and applied aspects of ovarian follicular dynamics in the ewe., BVSc & AH, MVSc, PhD. Professor. Research interests: respiratory immunology. J. (Jaswant) Singh, BVSc & AH, MVSc, PhD. Professor. Research interests: reproductive biology. L. (Lynn) Weber, BSc, PhD. Assistant Professor. Research interests: cardiovascular toxicology with a focus on tobacco smoke, dioxins and the arylhydrocarbon receptor. M.L. (Mark) Wickstrom, BSc, MSc, DVM, PhD. Associate Professor. Research interests: environmental toxicology including wildlife, pesticides, natural toxins and risk assessment. Clinical Associates, DVM, MSc. Veterinary anatomy. Associate Members DVM, MSc, PhD. Assistant Professor, Pharmacy and Nutrition. Research interests: pharmacokinetics of the neonate. 9

12 , BSc, PhD. Director, Toxicology Centre. Research interests: bioavailability and toxicity of metals in freshwater ecosystems especially sediments. Adjunct Professors, DVM, MSc, PhD. Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Research interests: male infertility, semen quality improvement and cryopreservation., BSc, MSc, PhD. Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge Research Centre. Research interests: bovine reproductive biology., BSc, MSc, PhD. Senior Scientist, Centre for Veterinary Drug Residues. Research interests: development of analytical methods for drug detection in meat., BSc, PhD. Manager, Feed Technology Commercialization, Feeds Innovation Institute, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, U of S. Research interests: advanced analytical analysis of biological materials, especially feeds and feed ingredients using techniques such as synchrotron beamlines, NMR and mass spectrometry. BSc, MSc, PhD. Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri- Food Canada. Research interests: reproductive biology with an emphasis in gamete physiology and embryology. Professors Emeriti, BVSc, MSc., PhD, MRCVS. Research interests: reproduction in ungulates., BSc, MSc, PhD. Research interests: chemotherapy of bacterial, cancer and viral diseases., BSc, DVM, MSc, PhD. Research interests: case-based teaching methods., BSc, BVetMed, PhD, MRCVS, FRCVS (Diplomate, ECVPT). Research interests: neuropharmacology of pain in animals., BSA, MSc, PhD., BS, MS, PhD. Research interests: avian ultrastructure and ecology., BVSc, MS, PhD (Diplomate, ABVT). Research interests: pharmacokinetic disposition of certain antibiotics and their therapeutic implications, and general toxicology. Veterinary Microbiology Academic Faculty, MVZ, MSc, PhD. Professor, Bacteriology. Research interests: diagnostic bacteriology and mycology and antimicrobial drug resistance. BS, DVM, PhD, DACVM, DACVP, DACVM. Professor, Virology, Immunology and Pathology. Research interests: Vaccine-induced immune responses; interactions between the inflammatory response and lentivirus disease; porcine circovirus; and etiology of vaccine induced feline sarcomas and the development of novel therapies for their treatment., DVM, PhD. Professor, Veterinary Microbiology. Associate Director of Research; Chief Science Officer; Head, Science Management Team; Program Manager, Neonatal Immunization, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO). Research interests: development of neonatal vaccines, innate immunity at the respiratory surfaces (antimicrobial peptides), basic mechanisms of intestinal immunity, lymphocyte trafficking, mucosal immunology, chemokines, enteric infections, and knowledge transfer of basic research into applied clinical research and producers. D.M. (Deborah) Haines, DVM, MPhil, PhD. Professor, Diagnostic Immunology/Pathology. Research interests: passive transfer, colostrum and protection of the newborn animal from disease. J. (Janet) Hill, BSc (Hons), PhD. Assistant Professor, Molecular Microbiology. Research interests: microbial ecology; livestock and human disease; phylogenetics and taxonomy; molecular diagnostics; and the development of cpndb, a chaperonin sequence database. V. (Vikram) Misra, BSc, BSc (Qualifying), PhD. Professor, Virology and Molecular Biology, and Department Head, Veterinary Microbiology. Research interests: molecular mechanisms for the pathogenesis of herpesvirus disease. L.R. (Lydden) Polley, BVSc, PhD, MRCVS. Professor, Parasitology. Research interests: epidemiology and control of parasitic diseases of domestic and wild animals and humans in Canada., BSc, PhD. Professor, Veterinary Microbiology. Director, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO)/International Vaccine Centre (InterVac). Director, Pan-Provincial Vaccine Enterprise (PREVENT). NSERC Senior Industrial Chair, VIDO. Research interests: bacterial pathogenesis, vaccine development and zoonotic disease. H. (Hugh) Townsend, BSc, DVM, MSc. Professor, Internal Medicine, and Acting Department Head, Veterinary Microbiology. Program Manager, Bacterial Vaccine Development, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO). Research interests: infectious disease epidemiology; public health; vaccine formulation, delivery and efficacy; and the immune response to infection. Associate Member BSc, PhD. Director, Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, U of S. Research interests: asthma, regulation of the immune responses, and immunopathology of bovine pneumonia. Adjunct Faculty, DVM, MSc, PhD. Immunaxis Inc. Research interest: immunology., BSc, PGD, MSc, PhD. Head, Centre for Animal Parasitology, Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Research interest: parasitology., BSc (Hons), DVM, PhD. Program Manager, Pathogenomics, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization. Research interests: immunology and viral pathogenesis., DVM, MVetSc. Novartis Animal Health Inc. Canada. Research interest: epidemiology., BSc, MSc, PhD. Zoologist and Curator, U.S. National Parasite Collection, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Research interests: parasitology., BSc (Hons), DVM, PhD. Wildlife Disease Veterinarian and Research Scientist, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada. 10

13 Research interests; wildlife disease, disease ecology, health effects of climate change, and veterinary parasitology., DVM, PhD. Professor, Department of Veterinary BioSciences, Ohio State University. Research interests: viral pathogenesis., DVM, MSc, PhD. Lab Supervisor, Prairie Diagnostic Services. Research interests: bacteriology., DVM, MVetSc, PhD. Research Scientist, Centre for Animal Parasitology, Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Research interests: parasitology., BVSc & AH, MVSc, PhD. Program Manager, Vectored Vaccines, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization. Research interests: virology and viral vectors., DVM, PhD. Self-employed, formerly of Prairie Diagnostic Services. Research interests: virology, immunology. Professors Emeriti, OC, SOM, PhD, DSc, FRSC. Research interests: development of vaccines, virology, immunology, molecular biology and cytokines., DVM, Drmedvet, MSc, PhD. Research interests: immunology; cytokines and immunoregulation in African trypanosomiasis. Veterinary Pathology Academic Faculty BA, DVM, MVetSc, PhD. Professor. Research interests: anatomic pathology and pathology of the skeletal system. BSc, DVM, DVSc. Associate Professor. Research interests: wildlife diseases. BVSc, MVetSc, PhD (Diplomate, ACVP). Associate Professor. Research interests: anatomic pathology and diseases of poultry. M.L. (Marion) Jackson, DVM, MVetSc, PhD (Diplomate, ACVP). Professor and Department Head, Veterinary Pathology. Research interests: feline retroviral diseases, clinical pathology and molecular oncology. DVM, MVetSc, PhD (Diplomate, ACVP). Associate Professor. Research interests: viral oncogenesis and molecular oncology. DVM, PhD (Diplomate, ACVP). Professor and Executive Director, Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre. Research interests: wildlife diseases (surveillance, pathology and ecology). D.M. (Dorothy) Middleton, BVM & S, PhD, Dip. ACVP. Professor. Research interests: pathogenesis of porcine bacterial diseases and mucosal immunity. E.D. (Ernest) Olfert, DVM, MSc. Associate Professor and Director, Animal Resources Centre. Research interests: laboratory animal medicine and care. E. (Elemir) Simko, DVM, DVSc (Diplomate, ACVP). Professor. Research interests: innate immunity and resistance to infectious diseases. BSA, MSc, DVM, PhD. Professor. Research interests: environmental contaminants related to pathology and toxicology in wildlife. Adjunct Professors RN, BSc, MSc, PhD. Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO). Research interests: pathogenesis of bacterial diseases. BSc, MSc, DVM, PhD. Research associate, Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre (CCWHC). Research interests: wildlife health., DVM, MVetSc (Diplomate, ACVP). Calgary Animal Referral and Emergency Centre. Research interests: diagnostic anatomic pathology and dermatohistopathology., DVM, PhD. National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease. Research interests: viral infectious disease. BSA, DVM, MVetSc. Prairie Diagnostic Services. Research interests: clinical pathology and surgical pathology. BSc, DVM, MVetSc, Dip. ACVP. Prairie Diagnostic Services. Research interests: clinical pathology and dermatohistopathology. MVB, MVetSc. Prairie Diagnostic Services. Research interests: diagnostic anatomic pathology., BVM & S, MVetSc (Diplomate, ACVP). Retired. Research interests: Diagnostic anatomic pathology., BA, BS, MS, PhD. Senior Scientific Director, Raincoast Conservation. Research interests: carnivore biology and disease ecology., BSc, DVM, PhD. Environment Canada. Research interests: wildlife diseases. BSc, MSc. Alberta Sustainable Resource Development. Research interests: wildlife conservation. DVM, MVetSc. Prairie Diagnostic Services. Research interests: diagnostic anatomic pathology., DVM, MVSc (Diplomate, ACPV). Prairie Diagnostic Services. Research interests: diagnostic anatomic pathology and poultry. Professional Affiliates and Associates, BA, DVM (Diplomate, ACVP). Pathologist, Prairie Diagnostic Services. Research interests: diagnostic clinical pathology. DVM. Poultry Extension Veterinarian. Research interests: poultry disease management., BSc, MSc, DVM, MVetSc (Diplomate, ACVP). Pathologist, Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre (CCWHC). Research interests: wildlife diseases. H.M. (Hélene) Philibert, DVM, MVetSc, Dip. ACVP. Research interests: diagnostic anatomic pathology and wildlife diseases. T. (Todd) Shury, DVM. Parks Canada Veterinarian. Research interests: wildlife health and disease ecology. Professor Emeritus DVM, PhD, Dip. ACVP. Research interests: poultry diseases and metabolic diseases. J. (Judit) Smits, BSc, DVM, MVetSc, PhD. Associate Professor. Research interests: pathology of environmental contaminants. 11

14 The impact of WCVM research, and what the heck is the h-index? By Dr. Norman Rawlings, Associate Dean, Research, WCVM Above: One of three new murals created for WCVM s new research wing. The other murals showcase education and health care at the veterinary college. Mural: Pierre Wilkinson It s generally accepted that scientists need to evaluate their research productivity. So often, this is done by simply counting research dollars and the number of research publications. Some assessment of the perceived prestige of the source of research grants can be considered as well as the quality or impact of the journals in which researchers publish. However, these latter assessments can be very subjective. How can we truly measure impact and quality? The idea of polling the research constituency would seem overwhelming. Research institutions could use peer evaluation on a focused or broader base, but it s time consuming and again, very subjective. 1 Currently, a lot of emphasis is placed on evaluating the quality of research publication by assessing how often a researcher s papers are cited by their peers. 1 In other words, if authors refer to your work in their papers, your research findings must have relevance or impact. Of course, this approach will include self-citation and doesn t deal with the issue of the author s input to the work cited (for example, the first versus senior, or versus one of many authors). A newer impact factor is the h-index 2 that attempts to consider the numbers of papers published and the frequency of citation. This is defined as a scientist has index h if his or her N p (number of papers) papers have at least h citations each and the other (N p -h) papers have h citations each. 2 Out of interest, we applied this impact factor to 11 WCVM faculty members who were all appointed to the veterinary college during the 1970s. Within this group, we included faculty who have been able to maintain continuous active research since their appointments. The average h-index for this group of 11 researchers was 15.7, with a range between 9 and 25. To put these values in perspective, Hirsch 2 reported that the average h-index for 36 individuals inducted into the National Academy of Sciences in biological and biomedical sciences in 2005 was 57. The range of the h-index for these scientists was 18 to 135. It s encouraging to see that several of the 11 senior faculty members who were part of the citation analysis were in the above h-index range. The results we obtained from this limited snapshot of WCVM scientists indicates that research done at the veterinary college has a significant impact in terms of influencing other scientists who read and cite our publications. 1 R. Monastersky. Impact factors run into competition. The Chronicle of Higher Education. 52: A J.E. Hirsch. An index to quantify an individual s scientific output. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 102: physics/

15 Research that packs a P U N C H To learn more about the h-index and its usefulness as a research impact indicator, the WCVM Research Office worked with Jill Crawley-Low, assistant dean of the University of Saskatchewan Library, to evaluate the research citation histories of 11 scientists who joined the veterinary college s faculty during the 1970s. All of the data is derived from searches conducted through Thomson Scientific s ISI Web of Knowledge (www.isiwebofknowledge.com). Here are some interesting numbers from the WCVM research citation investigation: , The total results (or published articles) that listed the selected WCVM researchers as authors or co-authors. The number of times that the group s research papers have been cited in the past three decades. The average number of citations per item among the selected scientists. The group s highest h-index, earned by Dr. Reuben Mapletoft of WCVM s Large Animal Clinical Sciences. The next-highest h-index belonged to Dr. Norman Rawlings of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences while Misra s h-index of 23 was third-highest among the selected Group of The highest average citation per item was earned by Dr. Vikram Misra of WCVM s Department of Veterinary Microbiology The average citations per year (over a period of more than three decades) for reproduction specialist Dr. Norman Rawlings. The number of times a paper authored by Dr. Vikram 143 Misra was cited during a 27-year period. The original paper, entitled Proteins specified by bovine herpesvirus-1 (infectious bovine-rhinotracheitis virus) was published in the Journal of Virology [40(2): , 1981]. Authors: Misra V, Blumenthal RM, Babiuk LA. Dr. John Giesy, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences SCIENTIST AMONG TOP 10: In 2007, an international scientific analysis resource ranked Dr. John Giesy as the second-most cited researcher worldwide in the combined fields of ecology and environmental science. Giesy is the U of S Canada Research Chair in Environmental Toxicology and a professor in WCVM s Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences. According to Essential Science Indicators, Giesy s second-place ranking is based on his research output between January 1, 1996, and December 31, During that 11-year period, Giesy published 171 papers that were cited 4,805 times an average of citations per paper. Since the last 11-year period ending in December 2005, Giesy s ranking rose from fourth to second place. The Essential Science Indicators database, which is part of the Thomson Scientific Research Services Group, develops a Top 10 citations list in 22 fields every two months. Its latest ranking is based on a review of 2,448 researchers with five or more papers published in the fields of ecology and environmental science. The same resource named one of Giesy s articles, Global distribution of perfluorooctane sulfonate in wildlife as a highly cited paper. The article was in the top one per cent of the most-cited papers during the last 10 years. The original paper, whose authors include Giesy and Kurunthachalam Kannan, was published in a 2001 issue of Environmental Science and Technology [35(7), , 2001]. To determine the highly cited designation, citations are counted from all sources and are gathered from the year of publication through the current year. Photo: Michael Raine 13

16 RESEARCH: THE NEXT GENERATION Graduate Students, Post-Doctoral Fellows, Clinical Interns and Summer Students In the past five years, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine s graduate student population has steadily increased especially with the growth of research programs in the College s Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences. These changes are very exciting since students with post-graduate experience are the engines of WCVM s research programs and their knowledge and expertise are in great demand. As the numbers increase, so does the challenge of finding new funding for graduate students. The need to increase all sources of scholarship support is critical to the program s future growth, and during the past year, two developments have contributed to that goal. First, the College s graduate program received increased funding through the new Interprovincial Agreement. Second, WCVM established the Graduate Studies Enhancement Fund a new fund that will provide immediate scholarship support. WCVM s undergraduate summer research program continues to flourish and is regarded as one of the best programs of its kind on the University of Saskatchewan campus. In 2007, 43 students had the chance to explore the world of research world alongside their WCVM mentors. Funding comes from a variety of sources including the Interprovincial Summer Undergraduate Research program, the Merck-Merial Summer Scholars program, NSERC and CIHR, and individual research projects. 14 One of the horses stationed at the WCVM Goodale Research Farm. Photo: Michael Raine

17 Graduate Students Province/Country of Origin and Research Area Large Animal Clinical Sciences, BSc (Microbiology), DVM, Saskatchewan. Program: MVetSc. Research area: Large animal surgery. Supervisor: Dr. David Wilson., BSc (Biology), DVM, U.S. Program: MSc. Research area: Large animal medicine. Supervisor: Dr. Steve Hendrick. Teresa Cook, BSc (Animal Science), DVM, British Columbia. Program: MPH. Research area: Antimicrobial resistance. Supervisors: Drs. John Campbell and Sheryl Gow. Dale Douma, DVM, Manitoba. Program: PhD. Research area: Wildlife epidemiology. Supervisor: Dr. John Campbell. Sarah Eaton, DVM, MSc (Biology), U.S. Program: MSc. Research area: Theriogenology. Supervisor: Dr. Claire Card., BSc (Biology), DVM, Alberta. Program: MVetSc. Research area: Feedlot Mycoplasma. Supervisors: Drs. Murray Jelinski and Steve Hendrick., DVM, MVetSc, British Columbia. Program: PhD. Research area: Veterinary epidemiology. Supervisor: Dr. Hugh Townsend., DVM, Ontario. Program: MVetSc. Research area: Large animal medicine. Supervisor: Dr. Katharina Lohmann., DVM, Italy. Program: MVetSc. Research area: Large animal surgery. Supervisor: Dr. Spencer Barber. Kristen Poirier, BSc, DVM, British Columbia. Program: MVetSc. Research area: Large animal field service. Supervisor: Dr. David Wilson., DVM, Israel. Program: PhD. Research area: Equine theriogenology. Supervisor: Dr. Claire Card. Herbert Rovay, DVM, MSc, Brazil. Program: MVetSc. Research area: Theriogenology. Supervisor: Dr. Colin Palmer., BSc (Animal Science), DVM, Brazil. Program: MVetSc. Research area: Theriogenology. Supervisor: Dr. Colin Palmer. Joanne Tataryn, BSc, DVM, Saskatchewan. Program: MSc. Research area: Epidemiology. Supervisor: Dr. John Campbell., DVM, Québec. Program: MVetSc. Research area: Large animal field service. Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Manning. Leanne Van De Weyer, BEd, BSA, DVM, Saskatchewan. Program: MSc. Research area: Veterinary epidemiology. Supervisor: Dr. Cheryl Waldner. Wendy Wilkins (Mosure), DVM, Alberta. Program: PhD. Research area: Porcine epidemiology. Supervisor: Dr. Cheryl Waldner. Ryan Wolker, DVM, Manitoba. Program: MVetSc. Research area: Large animal surgery. Supervisor: Dr. David Wilson. Small Animal Clinical Sciences, DVM, Austria. Program: MVetSc. Research area: Anesthesiology. Supervisor: Dr. Tanya Duke., DVM, Ontario. Program: MSc. Research area: Veterinary ophthalmology. Supervisor: Dr. Lynne Sandmeyer., DVM, Québec. Program: MVetSc. Research area: Small animal surgery. Supervisor: Dr. Cindy Shmon. Kevin Cosford, DVM, Saskatchewan. Program: MVetSc. Research area: Small animal medicine. Supervisor: Dr. Anthony Carr., DVM, United States. Program: MVetSc. Research area: Small animal medicine. Supervisor: Dr. Anthony Carr., DVM, Australia. Program: MVetSc. Research area: Small animal surgery. Dr. Kathleen Linn. Matt Johnson, DVM, United States. Program: MVetSc. Research area: Small animal surgery. Supervisor: Dr. Cindy Shmon., BSc, DVM, Saskatchewan. Program: MVetSc. Research area: Small animal medicine. Supervisor: Dr. Elisabeth Snead. Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, DVM, Iran. Program: MSc. Research area: Reproductive science and medicine. Supervisor: Dr. Ali Honaramooz., DVM, Iran. Program: MSc. Research area: Reproductive science and medicine. Supervisor: Dr. Ali Honaramooz., BSc, DVM, Israel. Program: MSc. Research area: Lung inflammation. Supervisor: Dr. Baljit Singh., BVetSc, MSc, Jordan (L.I.). Program: PhD. Research area: Toxicology. Supervisor: Dr. Lynn Weber., BSc, DVM, Libya. Program: MSc. Research area: Reproductive science and medicine. Supervisor: Dr. Muhammad Anzar., BSc, Saskatchewan. Program: MSc. Research area: Toxicology. Supervisor: Dr. Mark Wickstrom., BVSc & AH, MVSc, India. Program: MSc. Research area: Mechanisms of lung inflammation. Supervisor: Dr. Baljit Singh., BVSc & AH, MVSc, India. Program: MSc. Research area: Reproductive science and medicine. Supervisor: Dr. Ali Honaramooz., DVM, Saskatchewan. Program: MSc. Research area: Clinical pharmacology. Supervisor: Dr. Trisha Dowling., BSc, Ontario. Program: MSc. Research area: Reproductive science and medicine. Supervisor: Dr. Gregg Adams., BSc, Alberta. Program: MSc. Research area: Toxicology. Supervisor: Dr. Lynn Weber., DVM, Brazil. Program: MSc. Research area: Reproductive science and medicine. Supervisor: Dr. Jaswant Singh. Ruth Carlson, BSc, MSc, United States. Program: PhD. Research area: Toxicology. Supervisor: Dr. David Janz. Shankaramurthy Channabasappa, BVSc & AH, MVSc, India. Program: PhD. Research area: Mechanisms of lung inflammation. Supervisor: Dr. Baljit Singh. Chandrashekhar Charavaryamath, BVSc, MVSc, India. Program: PhD. Research area: Pulmonary toxicology. Supervisor: Dr. Baljit Singh. Chris Clark, BA, MVetSc, VetMB, United Kingdom. Program: PhD. Research area: Clinical pharmacology. Supervisor: Dr. Joe Boison. Dinesh Dadarwal, BVSc & AH, MVSc, India. Program: PhD. Research area: Reproductive science and medicine. Supervisor: Dr. Jaswant Singh. Kimberlea Driedger, BSc, Saskatchewan. Program: MSc. Research area: Toxicology. Supervisor: Dr. David Janz. 15

18 Graduate Students WCVM S GRADUATE STUDENT population has increased by 61 per cent since In , WCVM had 135 students enrolled in its graduate studies program a 61 per cent increase in five years. One significant influence was the growth of the graduate studies program in WCVM s Veterinary Biomedical Sciences a department that s home to a number of faculty who are involved in the university s flourishing toxicology program. Among WCVM s graduate students, 80 hold a first degree in veterinary medicine, 53 hold degrees in biological sciences or agriculture, and two hold degrees in human medicine. Tanya Duke, BVetMed, Saskatchewan. Program: MSc. Research area: Mechanisms of lung inflammation. Supervisor: Dr. Baljit Singh., BSc, Saskatchewan. Program: MSc. Research area: Cardiovascular toxicology. Supervisor: Dr. Lynn Weber., BSc, Ontario. Program: MSc. Research area: Toxicology. Supervisor: Dr. Mark Wickstrom. Juying Han, BSc, MSc, Saskatchewan. Research area: Endothelial cell pathophysiology. Supervisor: Dr. Lynn Hiebert. Jim Heffernan, BE, BSc, Saskatchewan. Research area: Toxicology. Supervisor: Dr. Mark Wickstrom. Eric Higley, BSc, United States. Research area: Toxicology. Supervisor: Dr. John Giesy. Srikanth Kanagal, BVSc, MVSc, India (L.I.). Program: PhD. Research area: Neurobiology. Supervisor: Dr. Gillian Muir., BVSc & AH, MVSc, India. Program: MSc. Research area: Lung macrophage function in foals. Supervisor: Dr. Baljit Singh. Jocelyn Kelly, BSc, New Brunswick. Program: MSc. Research area: Toxicology. Supervisor: Dr. David Janz., Univ. Grad. Diploma (Vet.), Vietnam. Program: MSc. Research area: Nanomedicines in cattle lung inflammation. Supervisor: Dr. Baljit Singh., BSc, DVM, Manitoba. Program: MSc. Research area: Toxicology. Supervisor: Dr. David Janz., DVM, Iran. Program: PhD. Research area: Female reproductive biology. Supervisor: Dr. Norman Rawlings. Jordan Marit, BSc (Honours), Saskatchewan. Program: MSc. Research area: Cardiovascular toxicology. Supervisor: Dr. Lynn Weber., BSc (Honours), MSc, Iran (L.I.). Program: PhD. Research area: Cardiovascular pharmacology. Supervisor: Dr. Linda Hiebert. Jorgelina Muscatello, BSc, MSc, Argentina (L.I.). Program: PhD. Research area: Toxicology. Supervisor: Dr. David Janz., BVSc & AH, India (L.I.). Program: MSc. Research area: Reproductive science and medicine. Supervisors: Drs. Jaswant Singh and Baljit Singh., BSc, United States. Program: MSc. Research area: Toxicology. Supervisor: Dr. John Giesy., Btech, Nigeria. Program: MSc. Research area: Biomedical engineering. Supervisors: Drs. Gregg Adams and Dean Chapman. Lu Qian, BME, ME, China. Program: MSc. Research area: Biomedical engineering. Supervisors: Drs. Jaswant Singh and Mark Eramian. David Schneberger, BSc (Honours), MSc, Saskatchewan. Program: PhD. Research area: Lung inflammation in poultry barn workers. Supervisor: Dr. Baljit Singh. Srinivas (Seena) Seekallu, BVSc, MVSc, India. Program: PhD. Research area: Female reproductive biology. Supervisor: Dr. Norman Rawlings. Paula Spencer, BSc, Yukon Territory. Program: MSc. Research area: Toxicology. Supervisor: Dr. Monique Dubé., MSc, Ontario. Program: PhD. Research area: Toxicology. Supervisor: Dr. Monique Dubé. 16

19 Dr. Belle Nibblett, small animal resident CAHF FELLOW: Small animal medicine resident Dr. Belle Nibblett was selected as the Companion Animal Health Fund s Research Fellow for Under the supervision of Dr. Elisabeth Snead, Nibblett conducted research on the use and efficacy of PCR testing to detect hemotrophic Mycoplasma among feline populations. Nibblett, who received her veterinary degree from WCVM in 2000, grew up in Veregin, Sask. Valeria Tanco, DVM, Argentina. Program: MSc. Research area: Reproductive science and medicine. Supervisor: Dr. Gregg Adams., BSc, MSc, Saskatchewan. Research area: Lung inflammation in poultry barn workers. Supervisor: Dr. Baljit Singh. Jith Thomas, BSc, MSc, India. Program: MSc. Research area: Toxicology. Supervisor: Dr. David Janz., BSc, MSc, United States. Program: PhD. Research area: Toxicology. Supervisor: Dr. John Giesy. David Vardy, BSc, British Columbia. Program: MSc. Research area: Toxicology. Supervisor: Dr. John Giesy. Yanfei Yang, BSc, China. Program: MSc. Research area: Reproductive science and medicine. Supervisor: Dr. Ali Honaramooz. Yinfei Yang, BSc, China. Program: MSc. Research area: Toxicology. Supervisor: Dr. John Giesy. Photo: Michael Raine Jimena Yapura, DVM, Argentina. Program: MSc. Research area: Reproductive science and medicine. Supervisors: Drs. Gregg Adams and Jaswant Singh. Veterinary Microbiology, MVSc, BVSc & AH, India. Program: MSc. Research area: Virology. Supervisor: Dr. Suresh Tikoo., BVSc, MPhil, MSc, Sri Lanka (L.I.). Program: PhD. Research area: Virology. Supervisors: Drs. John Ellis and Sidney Hayes., BSc (Honours), Yugoslavia. Program: MSc. Research area: Virology. Supervisors: Drs. Lorne Babiuk and Sylvia van den Hurk., BSc (Honours), Portugal. Program: PhD. Research area: Bovine vaccine development. Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Potter., BSc (Honours), MSc, Mauritius. Program: PhD. Research area: Immunology CpG. Supervisors: Drs. Lorne Babiuk and George Mutwiri., BSc, MSc, Alberta. Program: PhD. Research area: Virology. Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Potter., BVSc & AH, MSc, India. Program: PhD. Research area: Molecular biology. Supervisor: Dr. Janet Hill. Oudessa Kerro Dego, DVM, MSc, Ethiopia. Program: PhD. Research area: Bovine mastitis. Supervisors: Drs. Andrew Potter and Jose Perez-Casal. Taseen Desin, BSc, Adv. Cert., Pakistan (L.I.). Program: PhD. Research area: Virology. Supervisors: Drs. Andrew Potter and Wolfgang Koester. Marla Dowdeswell (Sackville), BSc, MSc, Saskatchewan. Program: PhD. Research area: Herpes virus biology. Supervisor: Dr. Vikram Misra. Tova Dybvig, BSc (Honours), Saskatchewan. Program: MSc. Research area: Immunology. Supervisors: Drs. Lorne Babiuk and Volker Gerdts. Patrick Fries, BSc, Saskatchewan. Program: MSc. Research area: Immunology. Supervisor: Dr. Philip Griebel., BVSc, MSc, Jordan. Program: PhD. Research area: Immunobacteriology. Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Potter., BSc, British Columbia. Program: MSc. Research area: Immunology. Supervisors: Drs. Lorne Babiuk and Volker Gerdts. Canping Huang, MSc, China. Program: PhD. Research area: Virology. Supervisor: Dr. Vikram Misra. Hui Huang, MSc, MD, China (L.I.). Program: PhD. Research area: Asthma immunotherapy. Supervisor: Dr. John Gordon. Candice Jackel, BSc (Double Honours), Saskatchewan. Program: PhD. Research area: Molecular virology. Supervisors: Drs. Lorne Babiuk and Qiang Liu. Vikas Kulshrestha, BSc, MSc, India. Program: PhD. Research area: Bovine adenovirus biology. Supervisor: Dr. Suresh Tikoo., MD, Iran (L.I.). Program: PhD. Research area: Immunovirology. Supervisors: Drs. Lorne Babiuk and Sylvia van den Hurk. Chris Luby, BA, BVSc, MA, United Kingdom. Program: PhD. Research area: Bovine mastitis. Supervisors: Drs. Andrew Potter and Jose Perez-Casal., BSc, Saskatchewan. Program: PhD. Research area: Immunology/DNA vaccine. Supervisors: Drs. Lorne Babiuk and Sylvia van den Hurk., BVSc & AH, MVSc, India. Program: MSc. Research area: Molecular virology. Supervisor: Dr. Suresh Tikoo. 17

20 John Mapletoft, BSc (Honours), Saskatchewan. Program: PhD. Research area: Virology/immunology. Supervisors: Drs. Lorne Babiuk and Sylvia van den Hurk., DVM, Serbia and Montenegro. Program: MSc. Research area: Immunology. Supervisors: Drs. Andrew Potter and Yan Zhou. Kathleen McIntosh, BSc, Saskatchewan. Program: PhD. Research area: Virology. Supervisor: Dr. John Ellis. Lilani Munasinghe, BVSc, MSc, Sri Lanka. Program: PhD. Research area: Immunoparasitology. Supervisor: Dr. Henry Tabel., BVSc & AH, MVSc, India (L.I.). Program: PhD. Research area: Immunologic tolerance. Supervisor: Dr. John Gordon. Olaniyi Olaloku, DVM, Nigeria. Program: MSc. Research area: Epidemiology of infectious diseases. Supervisors: Drs. John Campbell and Raul Mainar-Jaime. Carolyn Paterson, BSc (Honours), Saskatchewan. Program: PhD. Research area: Molecular virology. Supervisors: Dr. Suresh Tikoo., BSc (Honours), Saskatchewan. Program: MSc. Research area: Inflammation and immunity. Supervisor: Dr. John Gordon., BSc (Honours), Saskatchewan. Program: MSc. Research area: Immunology. Supervisors: Drs. Lorne Babiuk and Volker Gerdts. Jean Potter, BSc, MSc, Saskatchewan. Program: PhD. Research area: Immunology. Supervisor: Dr. Philip Griebel. Joseph Rubin, DVM, Saskatchewan. Program: MSc. Research area: Bacteriology. Supervisor: Dr. Manuel Chirino-Trejo., BSc, Saskatchewan. Program: PhD. Research area: Virology. Supervisors: Drs. Andrew Potter and Wolfgang Koester. Siyuan Xie, BSc, China. Program: PhD. Research area: Immunology. Supervisor: Dr. John Gordon. Iran Yousefi, DVM, PhD, Iran. Program: PhD. Research area: Virology. Supervisor: Dr. Vikram Misra., BSc, MSc, China (L.I.). Program: PhD. Research area: Inflammation and immunity. Supervisor: Dr. John Gordon. Veterinary Pathology, BSc, British Columbia. Program: MSc. Research area: Disease ecology of wolves and sympatric dogs in coastal B.C. Supervisor: Dr. Judit Smits. Samantha Ekanayake, BVSc, MPhil, Sri Lanka. Program: PhD. Research area: Control of inclusion body hepatitis in broiler chickens by vaccination of broiler breeder flocks. Supervisor: Dr. Susantha Gomis. Champika Fernando, BVSc, Sri Lanka. Program: MSc. Research area: Survey of pathogens in wild deer populations in southwestern Saskatchewan. Supervisor: Dr. Trent Bollinger., BSc, DVM, Manitoba. Program: MVetSc. Research area: Clinical pathology of small and companion animals. Supervisor: Dr. Marion Jackson., DVM, MVetSc, Alberta. Program: PhD. Research area: Experimental study of chronic wasting disease in elk. Supervisors: Drs. Gary Wobeser and Elemir Simko., DVM, Alberta. Program: MVetSc. Research area: Health, stress and immune status assessment of tree swallows nesting on the Alberta oil sands. Supervisor: Dr. Judit Smits. Chelsea Himsworth, Assoc. Sc, DVM, British Columbia. Program: MVetSc. Research area: Investigation of tuberculosis outbreak in a captive herd of Wood bison. Supervisor: Dr. Ted Leighton. Yanyun Huang, BachAgri (VetMed), MAgric, China. Program: MSc. Research area: Infectious diseases in pigs. Supervisor: Dr. Elemir Simko., VMD, MSc, Sweden (L.I.). Program: MSc. Research area: Relationship between grizzly bear health and landscape structure in western Alberta. Supervisor: Dr. Marc Cattet. Caroline Millins, BSc, BVSc, MSc, England. Program: MVetSc. Research area: House sparrow nestlings as sentinels for West Nile virus in Saskatchewan, Supervisor: Dr. Ted Leighton. Madhu Ravi, BVSc, India (L.I.). Program: MVetSc. Research area: Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) in cats. Supervisor: Dr. Marion Jackson. Monica Salles, DVM, MSc, PhD, Brazil (L.I.). Program: MVetSc. Research area: pathogenesis of myeleoencephalitis and its impact on swine populations. Supervisor: Dr. Trent Bollinger. Erin Silbernagel, BSc, Saskatchewan. Program: MSc. Research area: Factors affecting movement patterns of white-tailed deer and mule deer and implications for the spread of chronic wasting disease. Supervisor: Dr. Trent Bollinger., BSc, Saskatchewan. Program: MSc. Research area: Dispersal patterns of deer in Saskatchewan the spread of chronic wasting disease. Supervisor: Dr. Trent Bollinger., DVM, Iran (L.I.). Program: MSc. Research area: Immunostimulatory effect of CpG-OGN against salmonellosis in broilers. Supervisor: Dr. Susantha Gomis. Dilini Thilakaratne, BVSc, Sri Lanka (L.I.). Program: MVetSc. Research area: Phenotyping and clonality of canine lymphosarcomas using PCR cytologic specimens and peripheral blood. Supervisor: Dr. Beverly Kidney., DVM, MVetSc, Saskatchewan. Program: PhD. Research area: Equine sarcoids in Western Canada. Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Allen. WCVM Graduate Students Spring 2007 and Fall 2007 Graduates Large Animal Clinical Sciences Jenny Kelly, BA (Zoology), DVM, United States. Program: MVetSc. Research area: Equine surgery. Supervisor. Dr. David Wilson. Tasha Epp, DVM, Saskatchewan. Program: PhD. Research area: Equine epidemiology. Supervisors: Drs. Hugh Townsend and Cheryl Waldner., BSA, DVM, Alberta. Program: PhD. Research area: Bovine epidemiology. Supervisor: Dr. Cheryl Waldner. Leigh Rosengren, DVM, Saskatchewan. Program: PhD. Research area: Swine epidemiology. Supervisor: Dr. Cheryl Waldner. Thomas Sebastian, BVSc & AH, India. Program: MSc. Research area: Beef cattle behaviour. Supervisor: Dr. Joseph Stookey. Small Animal Clinical Sciences, DVM, Ontario. Program: MVetSc. Research area: Small animal surgery. Supervisor: Dr. Kathleen Linn. 18

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