A new antibiotic resistance gene in Salmonella isolated from broiler chickens

Dr. Moussa Diarra’s laboratory previously described Salmonella enterica serovar Heidelberg isolates harboring a chromosomal gene cluster similar to the glutathione S-transferase gene, a putative fosA gene conferring resistance to fosfomycin. Here, we show that this new gene, named fosA7, confers resistance to fosfomycin. The introduction of fosA7 into the fosfomycin-susceptible Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis resulted […]

Poultry Welfare Center receives funding

The University of Guelph’s Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare (CCSAW) has received a $125,000 donation for studies of turkey welfare. The donation from Hybrid Turkeys, a leading supplier of the world’s turkey genetics, will support research to learn how animals perceive and respond to their environments and handling techniques. A poultry welfare […]

PHRN Prof Tina Widowski in the news

The cage-free egg trend: Is it just a shell game? Source: Read here Excerpt from the news article: “There’s a downside to taking birds out of their cages,” says Tina Widowski, the Egg Farmers of Canada research chair in poultry welfare at the University of Guelph, “in that they’re free, but they’re also free to get […]

Dr. Stephanie Torrey

PhD, MS, BS Dr. Torrey is a researcher in Animal Biosciences, studying poultry behaviour and welfare. Her team of graduate and undergraduate students focus on fundamental and applied research with broiler and broiler breeder chickens and turkeys. The past, current and upcoming studies include those examining feed restriction practices in broiler breeders; development of injurious […]

Dr. Richard J Julian

Dr. R. J. Julian is veterinary pathologist specializing in the diagnosis and prevention of poultry disease. He has taught undergraduate students and has trained many graduate veterinarians in poultry pathology. He has  given his poultry disease lecture course at universities in Canada and around the world. He has spoken at meetings and worked or volunteered […]

Dr. Amirul Mallick

Dr. Amirul Islam Mallick is a clinical veterinarian and Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research-Kolkata, India. Dr. Mallick received his post- doctoral training at Dept of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College, (2008-2010) and University of Toronto ON, Canada (2010-2014) . He is a recipient of Canadian Breast […]

PHRN Prof. Tina Widowski talks about cage-free eggs…

Prof. Tina Widowski, Animal Biosciences, was quoted in a Feb. 5th  Toronto Star Story . The article focussed on a recent decision by two major restaurant chains to use only eggs from cage-free hens. Widowski discussed the various ways eggs are sourced in Canada and associated animal welfare issues.  She is the director of U […]

PHRN Prof Neethirajan speaks at the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science

Dr. Suresh Neethirajan, Director of the BioNano Lab and an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering was an invited speaker at the prestigious Royal Canadian Institute (RCI) for the Advancement of Science on February 4, 2016 at the Noel Ryan Auditorium, Mississauga. RCI is Canada’s oldest continuously functioning scientific society founded by Sir Sandford […]

Dr. Sharif Lab Aims to Make Chickens Healthier to Improve Food Safety

The chicken eggs in Prof. Shayan Sharif’s lab look like ordinary eggs, but they’re not. Some of them have been vaccinated against diseases that can cause illness in humans and have cost the poultry industry hundreds of millions of dollars. Dr. Sharif is the leader of Poultry Health Research Network. “We are developing better ways […]

Cranberry Extracts Could Replace Antibiotics For Broilers

  Broiler chicken producers may be using cranberry extracts to replace antibiotics in young birds. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research suggest the extracts could cut mortality by 50 per cent in the early life of broilers. Doctor Moussa Dairra points out cranberries have various human health benefits because of their high antioxidant compounds and immune-boosting […]

PHRN researcher Dr Nemeth’s work featured

Research Aims to Curb Spread of Dangerous Powassan Virus U of G researcher Nicole Nemeth is studying the transmission and spread of the tick-borne virus Monday, December 7, 2015 — Feature by Teresa Pitman Read full article

Coccidiosis: Management and Control (Dr. J. Barta laboratory)

Dr. John Barta’s laboratory at the University of Guelph is actively engaged in Coccidiosis research. Below are the links highlighting important research projects that help educate and understand about this economically important poultry disease.       Managing coccidiosis in poultry flock Cost of Coccidiosis Fostering proactive coccidiosis control management in the poultry industry…   […]

Keel Bone Damage: Research to address the issue (Dr. A. Harlander Lab)

Within the laying hen industry, there are various animal welfare concerns associated with the contemporary production systems used for these egg-layers. Keel bone damage (KBD) is one such critical issue that extends to all housing systems, genetic lines, and management styles whereby pain, compromised welfare, and reduced productivity are likely outcomes. It is assumed that […]

Dr. Tina Widowski

Poultry Welfare Center receives funding PHRN Prof Tina Widowski in the news PHRN Prof. Tina Widowski talks about cage-free eggs… Poultry industry connects with Academic Researchers U of G Maintains Poultry Breeds to Protect Heritage Genes University of Guelph key player in nationwide poultry research cluster Dr. Widowski’s specialization is Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare […]

Dr. Keith Warriner

(Bsc, PhD) Dr. Warriner completed his BSc in Food Science at the University of Nottingham and his PhD in Microbial Physiology within the Department of Biosciences, University College of Wales. Since joining the faculty of the Department of Food Science, University of Guelph, he has performed research in food safety. Relevant research has been focused on […]

Dr. Csaba Varga

DVD communicates scientific information to poultry producers in user-friendly format (DVM, MSc, DACVPM) Under the new Health of Animals Act and Regulations, Dr. Varga is responsible for the prevention, preparedness, early detection and response pertaining to all poultry diseases. He is also involved in emergency preparedness and biosecurity projects. Dr. Varga is the supervisor of the Ontario […]

Dr. Qi Wang

(Bsc, Msc, PhD) Dr. Qi Wang obtained her PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from King’s College, University of London, UK, in 1997. She joined Guelph Food Research Center, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as a postdoc fellow in 1998, and then as a research scientist in 1999. She is an Associate Graduate Faculty in the Department […]

Dr. Bill Van Heyst

I obtained my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1990. In my fourth year, I became interested in environmental fluid mechanics which led me to continue my education by pursuing a Masters degree (1992). and eventually my Ph.D. degree (1997), both in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. For […]

Dr. Patricia V. Turner

(BSc, MS, DVM, DVSc, DACLAM, DABT) Dr. Turner completed a BSc in biochemistry at McMaster University, an MS in pharmacology at Dalhousie University and a DVM degree at the Ontario Veterinary College. After working in a large animal practice for two years, she returned to Guelph to complete a DVSc in comparative pathology. Dr. Turner is board certified […]

Dr Chanelle Taylor

(BSc, DVM) Dr. Taylor completed her BSc in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph in 2010, with a special interest in Poultry husbandry and welfare, working throughout her degree in different aspects of the layer industry and in research at the University of Guelph. She went on to complete her DVM degree at the […]

Dr. E. James Squires

(Bsc, Msc, PhD) Dr. Squires’ research program involves the use of biochemical and molecular biological techniques to study problems important to Animal and Poultry Science. The goal of the research is to improve the productivity, health and welfare of commercial animals, in particular swine and poultry.  Publications   WEBSITES: | Animal and Poultry Science | […]

Dr. Leonardo Susta

After earning his veterinary degree, Dr. Susta spent the last 7 years working on high-consequence poultry diseases at the University of Georgia, where he earned his doctorate, and at the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory (USDA-ARS), where he worked for two and a half years as research associate. Dr. Susta has worked extensively on molecular characterization […]

Dr. Deborah Stacey

Assistant Dean Research & Graduate Studies and Associate   WEBSITES: | College of Physical & Engineering Science |

Dr. Dale Smith

(DVM, DVSc) Dr. Dale Smith is a veterinarians and a Professor in the Department of Pathobiology. She works with a wide variety of non-domestic and wild species, in both clinical settings and as a pathologist, and some of her avian interests overlap with the field of poultry disease. Recent recent has included experimental investigations into […]

Dr. Trevor K. Smith

(BSc, MSc, PhD, PAg) Dr. Smith is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He completed the B.Sc. degree in Chemistry at the University of British Columbia in 1970. The M.Sc. was completed in Animal Nutrition in the Department of Animal Science of the University of Manitoba in 1974. Ph.D. studies in Animal Nutrition were completed […]

Dr. Durda Slavic

(DVM, MSc, PhD) Dr. Slavic completed her DVM at the University of Zagreb in Croatia and went on to complete a MSc and PhD at the Ontario Veterinary College. She works primarily in veterinary bacteriology and is also involved with Salmonella testing for export purposes and Brachyspira in poultry. Dr. Slavic became interested in poultry health through collaborations […]

Dr. Shayan Sharif

(DVM, PhD) Dr. Shayan Sharif earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tehran. Dr. Sharif became interested in immunogenetics (especially poultry immunogenetics) while preparing his DVM thesis, which was entitled “Immunological aspects of Marek’s disease in chickens”. Following his graduation, Dr. Sharif practised for close to two […]

Dr. Jan Sargeant

(DVM, MSc, PhD) Dr. Sargeant obtained her DVM, MSc and PhD at the University of Guelph. She is a professor and director of CPHAZ. Dr. Sargeant’s areas of interest include: zoonotic disease prevention and control; food and water safety; role of veterinary medicine in public health; input of research to public health decision making. Her […]

Mr. Keith Robbins

Keith Robbins is the Executive Director of the Poultry Industry Council (PIC).  Keith graduated from Centralia College with an Agricultural Business Management diploma in 1989, graduated from Conestoga College with a certificate in Volunteer Board Management in 93, attended the University of Waterloo for a Bachelor of Environmental studies in 93 and obtained his Executive […]

Dr. John Prescott

(MA, VetMB, PhD) Dr. Prescott obtained a VetMB as well as a PhD from the University of Cambridge in England. He has worked since then at the Ontario Veterinary College as a bacteriologist. He is currently researching Clostridium perfringens, the cause of necrotic enteritis in broilers. In an effort to understand immunity to this infection, important […]

Dr. Davor Ojkic

(DVM, MSc, PhD) Dr. Ojkic completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zagreb in Croatia and then worked in swine practice. He went on to complete an MSc at Brock University followed by a PhD at the University of Guelph. He currently works at the University of Guelph as Virologist and Immunologist and […]

Dr. Nicole Nemeth

(DVM, PhD) Dr. Nemeth obtained her DVM and PhD at Colorado State University, was a Research Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a Science Fellow at the United States Department of Agriculture. She also performed a residency in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology at the University of Georgia, after which she accepted a […]

Mr. Tim Nelson

Mr Tim Nelson is the CEO of Livestock Research and Innovation Corporation

Dr. Suresh Neethirajan

(PhD) Dr. Suresh Neethirajan is currently a registered Professional Engineer with the province of Ontario, and an Assistant Professor in the Biological & Biomedical Engineering program of the University of Guelph and serving as the Director of the BioNano Laboratory. He joined the University of Guelph in 2011 after working as a Research Engineer at […]

Dr. Éva Nagy

(DVM, PhD, DSc) Dr. Nagy received her DVM, PhD, and DSc in Budapest, and was the first female veterinarian to be elected to the Hungary Academy of Sciences. Her first introduction to poultry health came from following her father, also a veterinarian, when he worked. Her first summer job consisted of vaccinating chickens against Newcastle disease. […]

Mr. Al Mussell

Al Mussell is a Research Lead at the Agri-Food Economics Systems in Guelph, Ontario. His areas of research expertise are farm management, agricultural marketing, and agri-food policies.  He also worked as a research lead and instructor in the George Morris Centre.  Prior to joining the George Morris Centre, Al worked as an economist in the […]

Dr. Emily A. K. Martin

(DVM, MSc, Diplomate ACPV) Dr. Martin obtained her DVM at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. Immediately after completing her DVM she enrolled in an MSc program in the department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph under the supervision of Dr. D. Bruce Hunter. The focus of her MSc project was “E. coli in Tom […]