Swine Health Ontario - Science & Technology Committee

 Swine Health Ontario Science & Technology Committee

Animal diseases found in swine vary in virulence, ease of transmission, mode of transmission, and host affinity. Diseases of concern are highly contagious diseases that cause significant morbidity or mortality. Animal diseases of concern are commonly categorized in the following manner.

Prior to Swine Health Ontario Science & Technology Committee there was the Ontario Swine Health Advisory Board (OSHAB). OSHAB was formed to engage our industry with a focus of swine health. The committee believed (and still does) that broad industry representation and an inclusive focus would result in change, focus and differentiation of the Ontario swine industry with respect to health, which it achieved. Prior to the OSHAB the swine industry did not have a PRRS PCR test in Ontario, most of our boar studs were positive for PRRS, many genetic supplies were positive and the concept of ARC&E did not exist. The platform for an industry disease intervention, did not exist and our response to PED would not have happened without the OSHAB. Our model has been presented throughout Canada and the United States and many regions want to emulate it. In 2016 & 2017, the OSHAB worked with OP, OPIC and OMAFRA to form Swine Health Ontario (SHO), the evolution of the OSHAB with dedicated collaboration. The goal was a coordinated provincial swine health focused group that would engage stakeholders and government in sustainable and coordinated swine health initiatives. With rebranding the OSHAB is became the Swine Health Ontario Science and Technology Committee (SHO S&T). With the continued mission to promote and expand the ARC&E concept and tools, which work for all disease issues, not just PRRS. SHO S&TC continues to improve the Ontario swine industry’s disease containment strategies and develops abilities to prevent epidemics from becoming endemic. With continued support and engagement, SHO S&T will get it done.

Swine Health Ontario Board Members

Marty Misener Co-Chair

South West Ontario Veterinary Services (SWOVS)

Doug MacDougald Co-Chair

South West Ontario Veterinary Services (SWOVS)

Cam Farrell 

Paragon Farms

Cathy Templeton 

South West Ontario Veterinary Services (SWOVS)

Ernest Sanford 

private consultant

Cesar Caballero 

Hendrix Genetics

John Rheaume 

Wallenstein Feed and Supply

Grant Maxie and Jim Fairles 

University of Guelph, Animal Health Laboratory

Christa Arsenault 


Brent Robinson 

Vista Villa Genetics

Clare Schlegel 

Schlegel Farms

Teresa VanRaay 

VanRaay Farms

Jackie Gallant 

Gallant Customs Laboratories Inc.

Jody Durand 

Phibro Animal Health

Zvonimir Poljak 

University of Guelph

Mike Degroot 

Ontario Pork

Al Scorgie 

Demeter Vet Services

Ryan Tenbergen 

Demeter Vet Services

Glenn Armstrong 

Mitchell Vet Services

Radu Zorzolan 


Greg Wideman 

South West Ontario Veterinary Services (SWOVS)

Kevin Vilaca 

South West Ontario Veterinary Services (SWOVS)

Christine Pelland 

South West Ontario Veterinary Services (SWOVS)

Scott Dee 

Pipestone Veterinary Clinic, U.S.

Ed Metzger 

South West Ontario Veterinary Services (SWOVS)

Paisley Canning 

South West Ontario Veterinary Services (SWOVS)

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