Ontario Animal Health Network Veterinary Podcasts Veterinary Podcast station of the Ontario Animal Health Network (OAHN) in Canada- we can also be downloaded from iTunes

December 4, 2019  

Sarah Haworth from Trent University discusses the goals of the recent OAHN wildlife network project: providing background information on chronic wasting disease (CWD), details about CWD in white tailed deer in Ontario, and the findings of the investigation of characterization of spatial patterns of CWD susceptibility in white tailed deer.


To read more details about this project, follow this link to the project's page on OAHN.ca - https://oahn.ca/resources/characterizing-the-spatial-patterns-of-chronic-wasting-disease-susceptibility-in-white-tailed-deer/

March 28, 2018  

We are joined by Dr. Maureen Anderson from OMAFRA and the OAHN Companion Animal network, who discusses the current status of rabies in Ontario. Dr. Anderson outlines current risks, how rabies is transmitted, and what you can do as a pet owner or vet if you think a pet has come in contact with a rabid animal. As well, Dr. Anderson explains where you can go for further resources about rabies in Ontario.

To access the OMAFRA rabies resource page, click here: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/inspection/ahw/rabies.htm

Veterinarians can contact an OMAFRA veterinarian for assistance with the risk assessment, if needed, by calling the Agriculture Information Contact Centre (AICC) at 1-877-424-1300.

April 5, 2017  

We are joined by Dr. Andrew Peregrine, BVMS, PhD, DVM, Diplomate EVPC, Diplomate ACVM (Veterinary Parasitology), Clinical Parasitologist at the Ontario Veterinary College, and Jonathon Kotwa, master's candidate in the department of pathobiology at the OVC. Dr. Peregrine and Mr. Kotwa discuss alveolar echinococcosis and human alveolar echinococcosis. As well, they discuss life cycle of echinococcis multilocularis, how it is transmitted, and who can host the disease.

March 24, 2017  

Avian influenza is sweeping the world this year, and there’s information you need to know to protect your flock. We are joined by Dr. Tom Baker, the Incident Commander at the Feather Board Command Centre, to discuss the new strain of avian influenza, review the recent cases in the U.S., and go over what commercial producers in Ontario need to know.

Helpful Links

Feather Board Command Centre

OAHN Poulty Page

Podcast on Avian Influenza Information for Veterinarians and Small Flock Owners

Poultry Biosecurity Infographic

March 11, 2016  

Dr. Melanie Barham sits down with Dr. Maureen Anderson, the Lead Veterinarian, Animal Health & Welfare at Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, to discuss the recent raccoon-variant rabies cases around Hamilton, Ontario, and the one fox-variant case found in Perth County. Dr. Anderson also discusses vaccination, the Rabies Response Program, and other resources for veterinarians and pet owners. 

To access OMAFRA's Rabies in Ontario site that is mentioned in the podcast, click here: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/inspection/ahw/rabies.htm
November 27, 2014  

This podcast is directed at all veterinarians (large and small animal discussions).  Today we interview Dr. Maureen Anderson, DACVIM and lead for rabies at OMAFRA about the hot topic of rabies.  We tell you what every vet should know about the new regulations and testing in Ontario, and offer a refresher on rabies as a disease.



·         https://www.ontario.ca/environment-and-energy/rabies (includes an excellent Q&A sheet)

·         http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/general/facts/info_rabies.htm (includes signs of rabies in livestock)

·         http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/horses/facts/info_rabies.htm (slightly older (2001) specific to rabies in horses, but covers other facts as well)

·         Worms and Germs Blog (www.wormsandgermsblog.com) includes lots of posts on rabies cases in the media, as well as an info sheet for owners

**Updated information: At time of publication of the original podcast, this information was not public.  The OAVT has entered into a contract with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) to assist in animal specimen collection and submission for testing on behalf of Public Health Units in the Province of Ontario. RVTs are invited to put their skills to work by becoming a member of the Rabies Response Program (RRP) team!  Remuneration is provided.  NOTE: The OAVT RRP is specifically for the use of the Public Health Units to facilitate testing in cases of potential human exposure to rabies.  Veterinarians and the public cannot call the RRP directly.  Cases of potential domestic animal exposure to rabies should continue to be reported to OMAFRA, and OMAFRA will work with local veterinary staff to manage these cases and facilitate testing when necessary.


RVTs interested in more information on the OAVT RRP can call 1-844-872-2437 or email RRP@oavt.org.

Veterinary clinics interested in more information on working with OMAFRA in cases of domestic animal rabies exposure are invited to contact Dr. Maureen Anderson at maureen.e.c.anderson@ontario.ca or Dr. Michelle Brown at michelle.brown@ontario.ca


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