AHL Newsletter, March 2017

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                 Jim Fairles, Josie Given

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Bacterial and viral transport media Jim Fairles

One of the most important aspects of laboratory work is the actual sampling and handling of the samples prior to being received at the laboratory.

Bacteriology and Mycoplasmology - AHL prefers a regular gel-based bacteriology swab.

Virology - AHL prefers virus transport medium (VTM) swabs for virology PCR tests. For some testing (PEDV), a fecal swab in VTM is preferred rather than feces. Regular gel-based bacteriology swabs are unsuitable for PCR testing. Dry swabs moistened with sterile saline in a sterile container can be used, but VTM is preferred.

Carl Block Award to Dr. Grant Maxie

The Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC) has named Dr. Grant Maxie, Director of the Animal Health Laboratory, University of Guelph, as the 2016 recipient of the Carl Block Award. Through his hard work and dedication, Dr. Maxie has made many significant contributions to the Canadian animal health industry.

Each year the CAHC presents the Carl Block Award to an individual nominated by his or her peers for outstanding contributions in the field of livestock animal health. This award is in memory of Carl Block, who was chair of the CAHC when he passed away as the result of a small plane crash in May 2002. “I accept the award on behalf of the great team of people that I work with in the Animal Health Laboratory and Laboratory Services Division. It’s easy to look good when you’re surrounded by excellent colleagues,” says Dr. Maxie.

GM accepting award

From the OVC Bulletin: http://bulletin.ovc.uoguelph.ca/post/154092010625/dr-grant-maxie-receives-2016-carl-block-award  


Selected AHL Ontario outreach activities, 2016

AHL newsletter - 39 scientific articles in 2016.

Barham M. Ontario Animal Health Network: A collaborative approach to poultry surveillance. Poultry Health Research Network, Seminar Series. PAHL. U of Guelph, Guelph, ON. May 17, 2016.

Brash ML. Small flock poultry project, sample collection demonstration Small flock poultry workshop for veterinarians. OAHN/OMAFRA/AHL event. PAHL, U of Guelph, Guelph, ON. May 7, 2016.

Brash ML. Platinum Brooding Ontario Workshops. Cargill Poultry Producers. Kitchener, ON. Feb 9/10,June 8/ 9, 2016.

Brooks AS, Brash ML, Ouckama R, Varga C, Barham ML. Poultry health and OAHN update. Poultry Industry Council, St. Isidore, ON. Dec 1, 2016.

Brooks AS. Diseases of sheep. Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency, District 10, Embrun, ON. Mar 2016.

Fairles J. AHL Update – overview of AHL updates and disease trends (OAHN) for 2016. Ontario Association of Swine Veterinarians, Fall Conference, October 29, 2016.

Hazlett MJ. Food animal diagnostic pathology – diseases of swine. 4th year OVC DVM students. Dec, 2016.

Maxie G. AHL laboratory overview. OMAFRA Ministry Emergency Management Planning Committee. Guelph, ON. Jun 20, 2016.

McEwen B. Animal Health Laboratory - Our role in medicolegal cases. Private Security & Investigative Services Branch Meeting. Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services. Toronto ON. Dec 2016.

Oesterle P, Ojkic D, Buchanan T, Purvis M, Shirose L, Campbell D, Jardine C. Avian influenza in wild birds - 2015 surveillance results from Ontario. Interntnl Conf Diseases in Nature Communicable to Man. Guelph, ON, August 7, 2016.

Ruotsalo K, DeLay JP. ‘Opening the Black Box,’ maximizing the benefits of diagnostic testing. OAVT Conference. March 2016 .

Ruotsalo K, DeLay JP. Round table discussion Lunch with a pathologist. OVMA Conference. Toronto, ON. Jan 2016.

Spinato, MT, Maxie, MG. The Animal Health Laboratory’s role in emergency response. Farm-to-Fork Emergency Management Exercise for Swine Disease. Guelph, ON. Nov 25, 2016.

Samman A, Susta L, Guerin M, Brash M, Varga C, Martin E. Detection and surveillance of significant pathogens in Ontario small poultry flocks. PHRN Research Day, U of Guelph, Guelph, ON. Mar 29, 2016.

Spinato MT. KTT project: Adult small ruminant mortality project launch. Small Ruminant Veterinarians of Ontario. Mar 31, 2016.

Turner PV, Compo NR, Davidson S, McDowell M, Cai H, Gottstein B, Peregrine AS. Diagnoses of alveolar echinococcosis in lemurs at an exotic animal sanctuary: Implications for public health. DIN Meeting 2016.

Vaillancourt J-P, Boerlin P, Slavic D, Guerin M. Assessment and mitigation of contamination risks: critical knowledge to reduce diseases and increase biosecurity compliance. OMAFRA Food Safety Research Forum, Guelph, ON, May 2016.

AHL Newsletter

March, 2017 - Volume 21, Number 1

       Editor:  Grant Maxie, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP

       Editorial Assistants:  Helen Oliver, April Nejedly

The AHL Newsletter is published quarterly (March, June, September, December) by the Animal Health Laboratory, Laboratory Services Division, University of Guelph.Its mission is to inform AHL clients and partners about AHL current activities, and laboratory-based animal disease events and disease trends.  All material is copyright 2017.  Ideas and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the University or the Editor.

Articles may be reprinted with the permission of the editor and with appropriate credit given to the AHL Newsletter.

Mailing address & contact information:

Animal Health Laboratory

Laboratory Services Division, University of Guelph

Box 3612, Guelph, Ontario, Canada  N1H 6R8

Phone: (519) 824-4120 ext. 54538; fax: (519) 821-8072

To receive an electronic copy of this Newsletter, please send your email address to us at holiver@uoguelph.ca

ISSN 1481-7179

Canada Post Publications number - 40064673

Contributors to this issue - from the Animal Health Laboratory:

Melanie Barham, DVM, PMP

Andrew Brooks, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP

Emily Brouwer, HBSc, DVM,

Hugh Cai, DVM, MSc, DVSc

Michael Deane, BA

Josepha DeLay, DVM, DVSc, Diplomate ACVP

Jim Fairles, DVM, MBA

Josie Given, BA

Murray Hazlett, DVM, DVSc, Diplomate ACVP

Beverly McEwen, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP

Davor Ojkic, DVM, PhD

Rina Pigozzo

Felipe Reggeti, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP

Kristiina Ruotsalo, DVM, DVSc, Diplomate ACVP

Jan Shapiro, DVM, DipEqSurg, DipPath

Durda Slavic, DVM, PhD

Maria Spinato, DVM, DVSc, Diplomate ACVP

Margaret Stalker, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP

Andrew Vince, DVM, DVSc, Diplomate ACVP

Other contributors:

Luis Arroyo, LMV, DVSc, PhD, DACVIM, Clinical Studies; Rebecca Egan, HBSc, DVM; Claire Jardine, DVM PhD; Amanda Mansz, DVM, DVSc; Nicole Nemeth, DVM PhD, DACVP, Pathobiology; Paula Menzies, DVM MPVM DECSRHM; Scott Weese DVM DVSc DACVIM. Population Medicine; OVC.

Doug Campbell,, DVM DVSc, Lenny Shirose, BSc MSc, Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, Guelph, ON.

Jocelyn Jansen, DVM, DVSc; Alison Moore, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM, DACVSMR OMAFRA, Guelph, ON

Penny Waite, DVM, Ottawa, ON

Our continued thanks to all of the non-author AHL clerical, technical, and professional staff who contribute to the generation of results reported in the AHL Newsletter.