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4th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network (CAHLN)

June 5-8 2005
Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire
Université de Montréal, Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec

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The 4th annual meeting of the Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network (CAHLN) is being held in Saint-Hyacinthe, June 5-8, 2005, (Sunday evening to Weds noon) in the Conference room 0448 at the 1 500 Ave des Vétérinaires.

The CAHLN was established in 2002 in order to present information on animal health diagnostic trends, techniques and research, to provide a venue for "networking" to identify common issues of concern, and to facilitate linkages among organizations and scientific staff involved in animal health diagnostic work in Canada. The Network consists of individuals across the wide spectrum of laboratory disciplines, including bacteriology, pathology, immunology, virology, parasitology, toxicology, and molecular biology. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to participate. The first two CAHLN meetings have been hosted by CFIA at Nepean, Ontario and the last one was held at the Ontario Veterinary College, Ontario. We plan to now rotate the meetings through the 4 veterinary colleges and Nepean.

Simultaneous English and French translation will be available for keynote presentations.

Scientific program (guest speakers)

All events will be held in the auditorium 0448 of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Montreal, 1500 avenue des Vétérinaires, Saint-Hyacinthe

Sunday evening, June 5th, 2005 (auditorium foyer)

18:00 – Registration

18:30 – Reception

19:45 Welcome speech by Dr Jean Sirois, dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Université de Montréal

20:00 - Guest speaker – Dr Tony van Dreumel, AHL, University of Guelph- Veterinary diagnostic laboratories in Canada. A brief review and where do we go from here?"

Monday, June 6th

8:00 – Registration

8:15 – Welcome speech – Dre Marie Archambault

Morning session
Moderator: Dre Marie Archambault

8:30 – Guest speaker, Dr Donal O’Toole, AAVLD President-elect- The bison head in Dr. Montgomery's livingroom. Subtitle: "Collaborative studies on malignant catarrhal fever due to OvHV-2 at the University of Wyoming and the USDA's ARS Animal Disease Research Unit". Co-authors: Dr. Hong Li and Dr. Don Montgomery

9:30 – Dr Marcelo Gottschalk, FMV/GREMIP, Université de Montréal – News on the diagnosis of the infection caused by Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00– Dr Mario Jacques, FMV/GREMIP, University of Montreal- Development of subunit and DNA vaccines and delivery systems to fight infections in animals

11:30 – Dre Josée Harel, FMV, Université de Montréal – Development of multiple gene arrays for rapid identification and characterization of veterinary and zoonotic bacterial pathogens.

12:00 – Dr Hugh Cai, University of Guelph - Development of real-time PCR assays in a veterinary diagnostic lab, using Mycoplasma bovis real-time PCR as an example

12:30 – 13:30 – Lunch (auditorium foyer)

Afternoon Session
Moderator: Dre Marie Archambault

13:30 - Dr John Fairbrother, FMV, University of Montreal – EcL: the diagnostic laboratory as a bridge between the field and fundamental research

14:00 – Dr Musangu Ngeleka, Prairie Diagnostic, University of Saskatoon –Diagnosis of neonatal diarrhea due to Escherichia coli in piglets and calves: A Western Canadian experience.

14:30- Dr Michel Desnoyer, FMV, University of Montreal –Clinical pathology teaching: helping bridging clinical and laboratory science

15:00-15:30 Break

15:30 – Dr Daniel Scholl, FMV, University of Montreal – The Canadian Bovine Mastitis Research Network and Associated Mastitis Laboratory Network. Co-author: Dr. Serge Messier

16:00 – Dr Grant Maxie, AHL, University of Guelph – Client service, quality systems, and organizational structures

16:30 – Dr Paul Kitching, CFIA/ACIA-CRTI - Proposal for the Establishment of the Canadian Animal Health Surveillance Network (CAHSN)

17:15 - Laboratory Directors et al meeting. Open to all.

Scientific program (delegates)

Tuesday, June 7th

Moderator: Dr Carl Gagnon

9:00- Dr John Devenish, CFIA- Validation of a Monoclonal Antibody-Based Capture Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay for the Detection of Campylobacter fetus

9:20- *Dre Sharon Calvin OVC, University of Guelph- The prevalence of viral infections in Ring-billed Gulls (Larus delawarensis) in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

9:40- Dr Jeff Caswell, OVC, University of Guelph- Histologic lesions in pigs challenged with a Malaysian isolate of Nipah virus

10:00- Dr Tom Hunt, CFIA, National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease - First report of Incursion of Bluetongue Virus serotype 17 into the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00- *Dre Olivia Labrecque, FMV, University of Montreal-Systemic Cryptococcus albidus infection in a Doberman

11:20- Dr Muthafar Al-Haddawi-University of Guelph-The Role of Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus and Lipopolysaccharide on the Expression of Defensins and Secretion of Lactoferrin in Bovine Tracheal Epithelial Cells

11:40- Dre Danielle Daigneault, Health Canada-Méthodes d’isolement bactérien utilisées dans le cadre du Programme intégré canadien de la surveillance de la résistance aux antimicrobiens

12:00 – 13:30 – Lunch

Moderator: Dre Marie Archambault

13:30- *Dr Guillaume Bruant, FMV, University of Montreal- Development of an oligonucleotide microarray as a powerful tool for detection of virulence and antimicrobial resistance genes in Escherichia coli isolates

13:50- Dre Jiewen Guan, CFIA- Survival of Salmonella Enteritidis and Typhimurium DT104 in egg albumen at chicken body temperature

14:10- Dre Marie Nadeau, MAPAQ- Surveillance passive de l’antibiorésistance au Québec

14:30- Sonia Lacouture, FMV, University of Montreal- Study on the use of sow colostrum samples for the serological diagnosis of Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, Mycoplasma hyponeumoniae and Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus infections.

15:00-15:30 Break

15:30- Donald Tremblay, FMV, Université de Montréal-Development of a Laboratory Procedure for the Enumeration of STEC and O157 in Samples from the Agro-environment

15:50- Dre Julie Paré, CFIA- Comparison d’épreuves ELISA pour le dépistage de l’anémie infectieuse équine avec l’épreuve officielle d’immunodiffusion en gel d’agar.

16:10- *Dr Fabien Relave, FMV, Université de Montréal- Évaluation d'un test ELISA semi-quantitatif OVUCHECK® PREMATE pour la détermination de la concentration sanguine de la progestérone dans le cadre du suivi du cycle oestral de la jument.

16:30- 18h30 TSE meeting, (room 0451)

Wednesday, June 8th

Moderator: Donald Tremblay

9:00- Dre Marie Nadeau, MAPAQ- Méningite fibrinopurulente à Streptococcus pneumoniae chez un chien : transmission par un enfant

9:20- Dre Malligan Nagarajan, CFIA- A one step SYBR Green real-time quantitative RT-PCR for the detection of North American and European porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) viruses

9:40- Dr Mehdy Elahi, FMV, University of Montreal- A retrospective study on diagnosis results obtained at the new "Diagnostic Veterinary Virology Laboratory (DVVL)" of the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire of the University of Montreal since November 2004.

10:00- Dr Maamar Achacha, Arivac - New approach in veterinary diagnostic

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00- Dre Sandra Beaudoin, Biovet- Utilisation de la PCR pour évaluer la prévalence de l’infection par Mycoplasma haemofelis et par ‘Candidatus Mycoplasma heamominutum’ chez les chats au Québec

11:20– Dre Kate Hole , CFIA, National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease- Detection and serotype-specific differentiation of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus using real-time RT-PCR

Presentation of awards:
CAHLN Graduate Student Presentation
CAHLN Laboratorian of the Year

12:00 – Adjourn

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