The One Health Education Committee helps improve the quality of life of animals and humans by providing education for animal welfare and human service professionals. This 4-part Zoonoses Webinar Series explores the complex relationship between animal diseases and public health.

Companion Animal Zoonoses: Where Animal Health and Public Health Intersect

Presenter:  Dr. Erica Sims, DVM, MSc, Animal Health Veterinarian, Ministry of Agriculture

Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 12 p.m. SK Time

Dr. Sims will be talking about important zoonoses in domestic dogs and cats and the relationship between companion animal diseases and public health.

About the speaker:

Erica Sims was born and raised in Regina, SK. She completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in 2016 and went into companion animal practice in Regina following graduation. A strong interest in public health brought Erica back to the WCVM in the fall of 2019 to pursue a Master of Science in Epidemiology. Her research focused specifically on canine zoonoses and companion animal surveillance in the Prairie Provinces. Erica has strong interests in zoonotic and infectious diseases, disease outbreak investigation, and surveillance. She started as the Animal Health Veterinarian with the Ministry of Agriculture in March of 2022. In her new role she primarily works on risk communication, disease surveillance, and animal welfare within the province of Saskatchewan.

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Zoonoses in Imported Companion Animals

Presenter:  J Scott Weese DVM DVSc DipACVIM FCAHS

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 12 p.m. SK Time

This presentation will discuss the important zoonoses and potential implications related to the importation of companion animals.

About the speaker:

Dr. Weese is a veterinary internist and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He is a Professor at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Director of the University of Guelph Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, and Chief of Infection Control at the Ontario Veterinary College Teaching Hospital. He is also a member of the Tripartite Global Leaders Group on AMR and runs the infectious disease website WormsAndGermsBlog (http://www.wormsandgermsblog.com)

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Zoonotic Diseases of Food Animals in Western Canada

Presenter:  Dr. John Campbell, DVM, DVSc; Professor, Dept. of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 12 p.m. SK Time

Dr. Campbell will be presenting a sample of some of the most important diseases of livestock that can potentially cause disease in humans.  Emphasis will be placed on how we can minimize transmission to humans and how to recognize some of these important zoonoses.

About the speaker:

Dr. John Campbell graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in 1985.  After several years of rural veterinary practice, he returned to Guelph to complete a Doctor of Veterinary Science degree in Ruminant Health Management.   He has worked as a clinical faculty member on the Ruminant Field Service Practice at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan since 1991.  He served as Dept. Head of the Dept. of Large Animal Clinical Sciences from 2011-2017.  His primary research interests are in the fields of beef cattle production medicine and disease surveillance in beef cattle.  He currently acts as the director for the college’s Disease Investigation Unit.

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Zooeyia: The Other Half of the Story

Presenter:  Colleen Anne Dell, PhD, Professor and Research Chair in One Health & Wellness at the University of Saskatchewan

Monday, December 5, 2022 at 12 p.m. SK Time

This webinar will explore the potential contributions of the One Health concept of zooeyia for understanding wellness, accounting for the interconnection between human, animal, and environment health. From this lens, it will showcase research evidence from Saskatchewan surrounding the benefits of animals in human health, focusing on companion animals, therapy dogs, and service dogs.

About the speaker:

Dr. Dell is a zoooeyia-focussed researcher focussing on mental health and addictions. She is Professor and Research Chair in One Health & Wellness at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Dell’s research program is grounded in an empowering, community-based, and patient-oriented participatory approach with both humans and animals. In her research program and life she has worked alongside several therapy dogs, a Service Dog, and is currently working closely with E-Jay a 3 year old Boxer dog, Ruby a 6 year old Labrador Retriever, and newcomer Molly a 4 year old Old English Bulldog.

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Continuing Education Certificates

Continuing Education Certificates are available upon request.  Send an email to info@saskspca.ca to request a Certificate of Attendance after each webinar you attend.