On-Farm Food Safety Research Chair
Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Office Location: WCVM 2663
- DVM, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
- MVetSc, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching and Clinical Areas
Dr. Parker completed a Master of Veterinary Science in epidemiology, evaluating diagnostic testing for Tritrichomonas foetus, at the WCVM. She then worked for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, developing and evaluating diagnostic tests for parasites with a strong interest in the use of molecular tools for the enhancement of detection and identification of pathogens.
Dr. Parker is currently the holder of the Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food Research Chair in On-Farm Food Safety. This position was developed to increase the understanding of growth, reduction methods and limiting factors of pathogens and evaluate potential controls for pathogenic and chemical hazards on-farm and post-slaughter.
Dr. Parker's current research interests include evaluation of diagnostic tests for surveillance of foodborne disease, understanding of risk factors for occurrence of pathogens during management prior to slaughter, health risk analysis comparing pathogen loads and chemical residue levels, and the epidemiology of food-borne disease. She is currently the chairperson of the Saskatchewan Epidemiology Association.