Frequently Asked Questions

Who Are the Members of the OAHN Expert Networks?

Below, please find a list of the members of each OAHN Network:











Members of the OAHN Alternative Species Network


Dr. Marina Brash (AHL)

Dr. Emily Martin (AHL)

Brian Tapscott (OMAFRA)

Dr. Pat Turner (OVC)

OAHN Coordinator: Dr. Melanie Barham (AHL)

Epidemiologist: Dr. Tim Pasma (OMAFRA)











Members of the OAHN Bee Network


Co-lead: Wael Haddad (OMAFRA)

Dr. Hugh Cai (AHL)

Jim Coneybeare (OBA)

Les Eccles (Tech Transfer)

Andre Flys (OBA)

Paul Kozak (OMAFRA)

Dr. Nigel Raine (University of Guelph)

Dr. Amro Zayad (York University)

Dr. Jennifer Zechel (AHL)

OAHN Coordinator: Dr. Melanie Barham (AHL)

Epidemiologist: Dr. Tim Pasma (OMAFRA)

Data Providers

The Animal Health Laboratory, University of Guelph

OMAFRA











Members of the OAHN Bovine Network


Co-lead: Dr. Tim Pasma (OMAFRA)

Dr. Andy Brooks (AHL)

Dr. Sherri Christie (private practitioner)

Dr. Dave Douglas (private practitioner)

Dr. Todd Duffield (OVC)

Dr. Jim Fairles (AHL)

Dr. Ann Godkin (OMAFRA)

Tom Hamilton (OMAFRA)

Dr. Dave Kelton (OVC)

Dr. Dan Kenney (OVC)

Dr. Steve LeBlanc (OVC)

Dr. Crystal Throop (private practitioner)

Dr. Laurent Viel (OVC)

OAHN Coordinator: Dr. Melanie Barham (AHL)

Veterinary Scientist: Dr. Alexandra Reid (OMAFRA)

Data Contributors

The Animal Health Laboratory, University of Guelph

OMAFRA











Members of the OAHN Companion Animal Network

Co-lead: Dr. Maureen Anderson (OMAFRA)

Co-lead: Dr. Emma Webster (Private practice)

Dr. Hailey Bertrand (Private practice)

Dr. Shauna Blois (OVC)

Dr. Susan Little (Private practice)

Dr. Kris Ruotsalo (AHL)

Dr. Marg Stalker (AHL)

Dr. Scott Weese (OVC)

OAHN Coordinator: Dr. Melanie Barham (AHL)

Epidemiologist: Dr. Tim Pasma (OMAFRA)

Data Contributors

The Animal Health Laboratory, University of Guelph

IDEXX Laboratories











Members of the OAHN Equine Network


Co-lead: Dr. Alison Moore (OMAFRA)

Dr. Memo Arroyo (OVC)

Dr. Cathy Furness (OMAFRA)

Dr. Chris Grossenbacher (Private practitioner)

Dr. Murray Hazlett (AHL)

Dr. Drew Hunnisett (Private practitioner)

Dr. Melissa McKee (Private practitioner)

Dr. Jessica Peatling (Private practitioner)

OAHN Coordinator: Dr. Melanie Barham (AHL)

Epidemiologist: Dr. Tim Pasma (OMAFRA)

Data Contributors

The Animal Health Laboratory, University of Guelph

IDEXX Laboratories

Ontario Racing Commission











Members of the OAHN Fish Network


Co-lead: Dr. Marcia Chiasson (OMAFRA)

Co-lead: Dr. Veronique LePage (Private practitioner)

Co-lead: Steve Naylor (OMAFRA)

Dave Brown (OMNRF)

Dr. Nathalie Bruneau (CFIA)

Dr. Hugh Cai (AHL)

Gord Cole (Industry)

Dr. Ed Creighton (CFIA)

Kerry Hobden (OMNRF)

Kevin Loftus (OMNRF)

Dr. John Lumsden (OVC)

Dr. Alexandra Reid (OMAFRA)

Dr. Roz Stevenson (University of Guelph)

Kana Upton (Industry)

OAHN Coordinator: Dr. Melanie Barham (AHL)

Epidemiologist: Dr. Tim Pasma (OMAFRA)

Data Contributors

OMAFRA











Members of the OAHN Poultry Network


Co-lead: Dr. Csaba Varga (OMAFRA)

Dr. Marina Brash (AHL)

Al Dam (OMAFRA)

Dr. Michele Guerin (OVC)

Dr. Emily Martin (AHL)

Dr. Rachel Ouckama (Private practice)

Dr. Mike Petrik (Private practice)

Dr. Cynthia Philippe (Private practice)

Dr. Alex Weisz (Private practice)

OAHN Coordinator: Dr. Melanie Barham (AHL)

Epidemiologist: Dr. Tim Pasma (OMAFRA)

Veterinary Scientist: Dr. Alexandra Reid (OMAFRA)

Data Contributors

The Animal Health Laboratory, University of Guelph

OMAFRA











Members of the OAHN Small Ruminants Network


Co-lead: Dr. Jocelyn Jansen (OMAFRA)

Dr. Rex Crawford (Private practice)

Dr. Amy Gaw (Private practice)

Dr. John Hancock (Private practice)

Dr. Paula Menzies (OVC)

Dr. Maria Spinato (AHL)

OAHN Coordinator: Dr. Melanie Barham (AHL)

Epidemiologist: Dr. Tim Pasma (OMAFRA)

Veterinary Scientist: Dr. Alexandra Reid (OMAFRA)

Data Contributors

The Animal Health Laboratory, University of Guelph

OMAFRA











Members of the OAHN Swine Network

Co-lead: Dr. Christa Arsenault (OMAFRA)

Co-lead: Dr. George Charbonneau (Private practice)

Dr. Janet Alsop (OMAFRA)

Dr. Tim Blackwell (OMAFRA)

Dr. Mike DeGroot (Private practice)

Dr. Josepha Delay (AHL)

Dr. Bob Friendship (OVC)

Lori Moser (OSHAB)

Dr. Teri O’Sullivan (OVC)

Dr. Zvonimir Poljak (OVC)

Dr. Al Scorgie (Private practice)

Jaydee Smith (OMAFRA)

OAHN Coordinator: Dr. Melanie Barham (AHL)

Epidemiologist: Dr. Tim Pasma (OMAFRA)

Veterinary Scientist: Dr. Alexandra Reid (OMAFRA)

Data Contributors

The Animal Health Laboratory, University of Guelph

Gallant Laboratories

OMAFRA

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How do I change my password?

If you have access to the password protected area (for veterinarians) and wish to change your password, log out, and then return to the log in page.  You’ll notice a link at the bottom of the page that says “forgot password/change password”.  Click here and follow the link.  Voila! Back to Index

Are farm or producer names discussed on the calls?

No. All data submitted is anonymous, and is limited to the species network only. As well, all participants in the call sign confidentiality agreements.

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How can I become involved in answering surveys?

We will typically announce when surveys have been released over your veterinary organization’s listserv. If you practice on companion animals, please email (OAHN EMAIL) to sign up.  If you are not a part of your veterinary organization’s listserv, please email OAHN at oahn@uoguelph.ca to be put on a contact list.

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How often do networks meet?

In most networks, surveys are distributed quarterly to veterinarians. These surveys are disseminated using the veterinary organization’s listserv. Once the surveys have been completed, the results are collated, and the final, anonymous data, is distributed to the OAHN Species Network, along with data from the AHL lab, and in some cases, private lab data and/or provincial slaughter condemnation data.  Following the distribution of this data to the OAHN Species Network, there is a conference call, where experts from the AHL, OMAFRA, the OVC, and vets in practice discuss the surveys and data to determine trends and issues of concern, ultimately focusing on  actions needed to improve animal health. These quarterly calls and surveys provide a proactive approach to animal health and disease, meaning that there is constant surveillance of health issues, and a dedicated team of experts already assembled to deal with disease outbreaks or animal health issues. Some species have limited number of veterinarians practicing (e.g., fish, mink), or do not have practicing veterinarians (e.g., bees).  In these networks, a customized approach is taken, such as a round table discussion of disease from multiple sources or a case rounds, where interesting, anonymized cases are discussed.

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Where does OAHN get its funding?

Funding is from federal and provincial grants sourced from “Growing Forward 2” grant monies.

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