Pilot project expands animal disease diagnostics

The University of Calgary faculty of veterinary medicine is expanding its diagnostic service unit for enhanced animal disease diagnosis and welfare. A four-year pilot will add a clinical microbiologist, an anatomic pathologist and support staff to the unit.

This will allow it to “support livestock producers through private veterinary clinics in rural Alberta, protect public health in Alberta, and generate surveillance data and information on the presence or absence of food animal diseases,” the province said in a release.

The release said comprehensive veterinary diagnostic services for the sector ended in 1995 in favour of a private sector model, which worked well for companion animals but not for livestock.

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