Frequently Asked Questions

Who Are the Members of the OAHN Expert Networks?

Please click on the Team Button on our homepage (to the left of the OAHN logo).

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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!

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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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