Current Research at the Ponsonby General Animal Facility

The following is a list of current projects at the Ponsonby General Animal Facility.

These research summaries are a new initiative started in 2020 committed to increasing awareness of the projects being undertaken at the Research Centres. This is not an exhaustive list, but a snapshot of ongoing projects. Note that some projects may remain unlisted if they are protected intellectual property. 

Research Centres are a key part of the research process. While a portion of a project may be completed at a research centre, further analysis can occur after projects have left the facility. The projects listed here are those that are currently underway of have recently completed the research centre portion of the project. 

If you have any questions about ongoing research at the research station please email

Update regarding COVID-19

The Alliance is committed to ensuring the health and safety of staff, animals, researchers and the community. We are following guidance set out by the University of Guelph’s Office of Research with respect to biosecurity and research activities during COVID-19. Please keep in mind the status of projects may change as the response to this pandemic evolves.

Current research studies

Research Summary
Objective To investigate via pilot study the efficacy and safety of a new vaccine for Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus that targets both the virus and the vector (in this case, ticks that spread it) so that the technique can be applied to other vector-borne illnesses (such as Lyme disease) in the future.
Benefit to Agri-Food New techniques to protect Ontario production animals from emerging vector-borne diseases—such as Lyme disease transmitted by ticks—are needed. This project will investigate a new vaccine that targets both the virus and the vector, which could provide a suitable disease control strategy to prepare the livestock industry against future emergencies.