Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a zoonotic disease transmitted from dromedary camels to people, which can result in outbreaks with human-to-human transmission. Emma’s paper estimated the force of infection of MERS-CoV within camel populations in order to improve our understanding of MERS-CoV dynamics in camels raised outside of the Middle East. Congratulations Emma!
Earlier this month, Amy travelled to Calgary to share the final results of our equine network and biosecurity project with colleagues at the second annual International Equine Symposium. The symposium was chock full of the most exciting discoveries and innovation in all areas of equine health research! It was a great way to interact with equine practitioners, researchers and students and culminated in an evening at Spruce Meadows to watch the 6-bar jumping event. What a fantastic event!
What a great start to fall 2018! It was an absolutely fantastic experience to attend the first annual International Equine Symposium in Calgary in September 2018. Rachael, Tanya and I each presented different equine projects that we have been conducting in Ontario and the feedback was really fantastic. It was a great way to interact with equine practitioners, researchers and students and wrapped up with an absolutely wonderful evening at Spruce Meadows to watch the 6-bar jumping event. We can’t wait to return next year to share updated results!
Photo credit: Luz Maria Kisiel
Congratulations to Luz and team on the publication of her second MSc thesis research paper. This is a great example of how models can be used to model dog population dynamics and then use the model to look at different surgical and non-surgical population control interventions. Spoiler alert: if you are running a surgical dog population control program and have limited resources the model suggests that changing your focus to young, female dogs exclusively is more effective in the long run than focusing on mixed groups of dogs. You can read more here.