University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine


Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Scientists at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Saskatchewan have played primary and collaborative roles in the identification, treatment and prevention of diseases such as neonatal calf diarrhea, post weaning multi-systemic wasting syndrome (PMWS) in pigs, chronic wasting disease, West Nile virus, and bovine respiratory disease.

The College's close links to infectious disease and immunology research have sparked the development of specialized centres like the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) and the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre - an academic wildlife health sciences institute among Canada's five veterinary colleges.

Collaborations with these organizations - plus partnerships with the U of S College of Medicine, provincial and federal government agencies and other national research centres have led to the involvement of WCVM faculty and graduate students in various projects targeting infectious disease- and immunology-related issues in domestic animals, wildlife and humans. The collaborative work has also led to the development of the U of S Immunology and Infectious Diseases Research Group - a cross-campus research initiative.

WCVM faculty members continue to be involved in a wide range of projects that focus on immunology and infectious diseases. New treatments for bovine pneumonic pasteurellosis (shipping fever) and mastitis lesions, the role of pulmonary intravascular macrophages (PIMs) in lung inflammation, the humoral innate immune defenses in porcine milk and porcine circovirus type 2 studies are some examples of ongoing projects. As well, WCVM scientists are involved in investigations of infectious diseases in poultry, specialized livestock, companion animals, wildlife, horses and people.

Infectious diseases: poultry health