AVC hosts 15th annual meeting of Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network

Collaboration in Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostics and Animal Health
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The fifteenth annual meeting of the Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network (CAHLN) will be held at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) at the University of Prince Edward Island from June 5-8, 2016.

With the theme of “Collaboration in Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostics and Animal Health,” the conference is of interest to animal and public health laboratorians, graduate and veterinary students, food-animal veterinarians (terrestrial and aquatic), and animal health regulatory personnel. This is only the second time that the conference will have been held at AVC and in Atlantic Canada.

Speakers will address such topics as diagnostic test validation (Dr. Ian Gardner, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Aquatic Epidemiology); mammalian and aquatic disease surveillance on a global scale (Dr. Brian Evans, World Health Organisation for Animal Health); collaboration in veterinary diagnostics and public health (Dr. Matthew W. Gilmour, Scientific Director General, National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada); evolution of diagnostic technologies (Dr. François Elvinger, Executive Director, Animal Health Diagnostic Center, Cornell University); evolution of diagnostic pathology (Dr. Grant Maxie, Executive Director, Animal Health Laboratory, University of Guelph); animal health surveillance systems in Canada (Dr. Cheryl James, Canadian Food Inspection Agency); the role of industry in aquatic and terrestrial animal health and disease surveillance (Dr. Dianne Morrison, Marine Harvest, British Columbia—aquatic, and Dr. Daniel Hurnik, AVC—mammalian); update on aquatic diagnostics, aquatic health and surveillance(Dr. Raphael Vanderstichel, AVC) and wildlife disease surveillance in Canada (Dr. Craig Stephen, Canada Health Wildlife Cooperative). There will be a scientific session on AVC and animal health with presentations by Dr. Greg Keefe, Dr. Larry Hammell, Dr. Andrew Tasker, Dr. Chelsea Martin, Dr. Javier Sanchez, and Dr. Sophie St-Hilaire, all of AVC. There will also be two general scientific sessions with presentations by speakers from across Canada.

Additionally, the Canadian Association of Veterinary Pathologists (CAVP) and the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) will hold their annual meetings. A workshop on basic diagnostic test validation will be offered prior to the conference while the advanced diagnostic test validation and other courses offered by Epi-on-the-Island will take place after the CAHLN conference.

Please visit http://cahln-rctlsa.com for more information. To register for the conference, please visit http://cahln-rctlsa.com/online-registration/. Veterinarians, veterinary students, graduate students and veterinary residents are strongly encouraged to participate. Certificates documenting hours of continuing education will be provided to participants. The deadline for early bird registration is Friday, May 6. However, registrations will be accepted until the day of the conference.

Anna MacDonald
AVC External Relations Officer
Atlantic Veterinary College
(902) 566-6786
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