Livestock Research

This page categorizes OVC researchers according to the livestock animal species that they primarily study in their research programs.


Dr. Leonardo Susta: Associate Professor; Diplomate, ACVP
  • Avian virology; Diseases and diagnostic pathology of poultry; Diseases and diagnostic pathology of pet birds; Use of avian viruses as oncolytic agents
Dr. Jeff Caswell: Professor; Diplomate, ACVP
  • Innate resistance to opportunistic bacterial infection; Pathogenesis of infectious diseases of the respiratory system; Bacterial pneumonia
Dr. Jessica Gordon: Assistant Professor
  • Youngstock; Transition dairy cow; and Beef cow health and management
  • Metabolic Disease in Dairy Cows; Impact of Ionophores in dairy cattle; Impact, prevention, and management of production limiting disease; Pain management of dairy cattle including disbudding, surgery, dystocia
Dr. David Kelton: Dairy Farmers of Ontario Chair in Dairy Cattle Health; Professor
  • Infectious and metabolic diseases of dairy cattle, including Johne's Disease, bovine mastitis, and bovine lameness
  • Dairy cattle health and performance; Dairy cattle reproduction and metabolic health
  • Genetic regulation of the immune system and implications to disease resistance; preventive methods to improve disease resistance of livestock; xenotransplantation; peripartum immune responses
Dr. David Renaud: Assistant Professor
  • Improving the health and welfare of calves; Identifying risk factors associated with mortality at milk-fed and grain-fed veal operations; Exploring novel strategies to reduce antimicrobial use in the veal sector; Evaluating the utility of navel disinfection in dairy calves; Identifying new technologies to improve calf health and welfare
Dr. Charlotte Winder: Assistant Professor
  • Pain management in ruminants; Health management and performance of youngstock; Knowledge translation and transfer; Knowledge synthesis
Dr. Luis Arroyo: Associate Professor; Diplomate, ACVIM
  • Equine gastroenterology; Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea; Equine undifferentiated diarrhea; Equine vascular pathologies; Arterial calcification; Biomechanical properties of the pulmonary artery
Dr. Janet Beeler-Marfisi: Assistant Professor
  • Lung disease in horses; Relationships between air pollution and incidence of asthma; Methods for understanding how lung diseases arise; Diagnostic methods
Dr. Dorothee Bienzle: Professor
  • Role of the epithelium in equine asthma; Development of novel diagnostic assays
Dr. Tracey Chenier: Associate Professor; Diplomate, ACT
  • Equine reproduction; Causes of abortion in mares; Persistent-breeding induced endometritis
Dr. Diego Gomez: Assistant Professor, Diplomate, ACVIM
  • Colitis in Horses; Neonatal Calf Diarrhea; Acid-Base Disorders and Fluid Therapy in Critically ill Patients; Microbiota assessment in mammals
Dr. Amy Greer: Canada Research Chair in Population Disease Modeling; Associate Professor
  • Introduction, spread, dynamics, and control of infectious diseases in populations
Dr. Joanne Hewson: Associate Professor; Diplomate, ACVIM
  • Equine respiratory disorders; Equine neonatology
Dr. Thomas Koch: Associate Professor
  • Stem cell and tissue engineering-based therapies for joint cartilage repair; Synovial joint health; Joint homeostasis; Chondrogenic cell fate; Translational animal models of disease; Regenerative medicine; Improved animal welfare through regenerative medicine approaches; Translation of novel therapies to human medicine
Dr. Judith Koenig: Associate Professor; Diplomate, ACVS; Diplomate, ACVSMR
  • Use of allogeneic cord blood stem cells for tissue regeneration; Effect of shockwave on stem cells; Effect of shockwave on wound healing in horses; Evaluation of the significance of caudal facet arthropathy in Sports horses; Evaluation of different medications on coffin joint osteoarthritis ; Rehabilitation
Dr. Chantale Pinard: Associate Professor; Diplomate, ACVO
  • Equine ocular inflammation
Dr. Melissa Sinclair: Associate Professor; Diplomate, ACVA
  • Cardiorespiratory effects of anesthetic drugs; Hypotension during anesthesia and sympathomimetics; Equine field anesthetic techniques; Local anesthetic techniques
Dr. Kelsey Spence: Assistant Professor
  • Interrelationship between infectious diseases and society; Bidirectional influence of attitudes and behaviours on disease dynamics
Dr. Donald Trout: Associate Professor; Diplomate, ACVS
  • Diagnostic/therapeutic local analgesia, radiography and scintigraphy relating to equine lameness
Dr. Alex Valverde: Professor; Diplomate, ACVAA
  • Potency of inhalation anesthetics; Anesthesia/analgesia and locoregional techniques; Cardiorespiratory effects of anesthetic drugs and sympathomimetics; Equine recovery from anesthesia
Dr. John Barta: Professor
  • Interactions between parasites of the Phylum Apicomplexa (Plasmodium, Eimeria, Isospora, Toxoplasma gondii, Cryptosporidium and related organisms) and their vertebrate and invertebrate hosts at the historical, organismal, and molecular levels
Dr. Michele Guerin: Associate Professor
  • Poultry health management; food safety/zoonotic diseases/veterinary public health; poultry welfare; food quality; environmental issues related to poultry management
  • Immune response to Marek's disease virus in chickens; Immunology of avian influenza virus infection in chickens; Interactions between commensal bacteria in the intestine and the chicken immune system
Dr. Leonardo Susta: Associate Professor; Diplomate, ACVP
  • Diseases and diagnostic pathology of poultry
Small Ruminants
Dr. Pawel Bartlewski: Associate Professor
  • Hormonal control of ovarian antral follicle development in domestic ruminants; Ultrasonographic imaging of the reproductive organs in animal species; Regulation and manipulation of sexual development in calves and lambs; ARTs in ruminants and companion animals (IVM/IVF/IVC, hormonal ovarian superstimulation, AI and MOET); Cryopreservation of gametes and embryos using nanotechnology products; Nutritional influences on reproductive processes in small ruminants and pigs; Development of farm animal models for amelioration of hormonal treatments in women
Dr. Cathy Bauman: Assistant Professor
  • Ruminant health management
Dr. Andrew Peregrine: Associate Professor; Diplomate, EVCP; Diplomate, ACVM
  • Epidemiology and impact of parasitic infections; Development of parasite control programs that minimize the rate of development of drug resistance
  • Sow reproduction and longevity; On-farm control of Salmonella, prevalence of MRSA and influenza and Streptococcus suis and other zoonotic pathogens on pig farms; Antimicrobial resistance; Interaction of enteric diseases and nutritional factors; Surveillance and epidemiology of swine diseases
Dr. Terri O'Sullivan: Associate Professor
  • Swine health management
Dr. Zvonimir Poljak: Associate Professor
  • Spread of infectious diseases in swine; Mapping the occurrence of PRRS virus genotypes in Ontario; Assessing the frequency of direct and indirect contacts in Ontario swine herds and other aspects of pig movement; Within-area spread of influenza; Within-herd spread of respiratory pathogens in growing pigs
Dr. Nicole Ricker: Assistant Professor
  • Application of big data analysis techniques to disease informatics; Integration of microbial sequencing data into precision agriculture applications; Comparative genomics and metagenomics; Antimicrobial resistance; Role of microbiome in disease progression/immune development; Plasmid dynamics; One Health approaches to AMR and antibiotic alternatives; Shotgun metagenomics for analysis of functional changes in the swine microbiome
Dr. Katie Clow: Assistant Professor
  • Vector-borne zoonoses; Disease ecology; Surveillance; Knowledge translation; EcoHealth; One Health
Dr. Claire Jardine: Associate Professor
  • Wildlife and ecosystem health; Ecology of diseases in wild animal populations; Rodent and vector borne zoonotic diseases
Dr. Jane Parmley: Associate Professor
  • One Health; Ecohealth; Surveillance; Antimicrobial Resistance; Wildlife Health; Zoonoses
Dr. Mauricio Seguel: Assistant Professor
  • Ecology, immunology and pathology of wildlife infectious diseases