Preconference Workshop (3.5 hours of continuing education)
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - Kelsey Room - 1:00-4:30 pm

The Centre for Applied Epidemiology (CAE) brings together research expertise in epidemiology addressing animal and public health issues; part of the Centre's mandate is to promote learning opportunities in applied epidemiology.  This workshop will be presented by Dr. Tasha Epp, Director CAE, Large Animal Clinical Sciences and Dr. Sarah Parker, Assistant Director CAE.

This workshop will cover aspects of the design of a barn trial from the perspective of data collection and analyses.  We will focus on the practical approaches for managing and analyzing data collected in typical swine production settings, using easily available tools.  Data management and analysis from within a commonly available database program (Microsoft Excel) will be demonstrated to explore the principles of basic statistics for clinical trial data.  Presented as an interactive exercise, with actual data sets, the workshop will cover two important areas of data collection and analysis.

Part 1. Managing your data.  From the details of setting up for data entry, collecting data and recording to principles for managing work flow with your data files.  This module will cover a range of topics related to data.  We will cover how to organize a data set and how to set up for data entry in order to simplify analysis.  This part will include a discussion on some of the data that might be collected in a barn trial, how best to capture it, and some pitfalls to be aware of.  We will explore some of the excel techniques available for managing data.

Part 2. Using tools to interpret data.  We will review some of the advanced techniques available for interpreting data in Excel, using examples from research and diagnostics.  We will move to exploring some of the statistical approaches for evaluating clinical data and clinical questions, using readily available tools for Excel and through on-line calculators.  In the discussion of trial design, the workshop will touch on sample size issues.

This workshop is aimed at individuals requiring skills to set up trials, interpret data, or critically reviewing the literature.  A working knowledge of Microsoft Excel is an asset.  While the workshop is not aimed at covering more complicated statistical approaches, we will touch on them briefly to highlight the contexts in which they should be considered for use.

Maximum enrollment: 30               Registration fee: $100


Conference Program (10 hours of continuing education)
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - Battleford Ballroom

7:30 am Registration and breakfast
7:55 am  Opening remarks & announcements
Leigh Rosengren, WCASV President
Session chair: Leigh Rosengren
8:00-8:45 am

Madonna Benjamin, Michigan State University
Hard conversations: are alternative euthanasia methods (gas, electrocution) humane?

8:45-9:30 am Yolande Seddon, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
Hard conversations in animal welfare
9:30-10:15 am Sheryl Gow, Health Canada
AMR trends from CIPARS (emphasis on pigs)
10:15-10:30 am

Leigh Rosengren, Madonna Benjamin, Yolande Seddon
Discussion and Q&A
Member view points/panel discussion

10:30-11:00 am Refreshment Break
11:00-12:00 pm

Positive messaging of hard conversations

12:00-1:00 pm


Session chair: Leanne van de Weyer
1:00-1:45 pm Yanyun Huang, Prairie Diagnostic Services
Essential histological lesions for practitioners (quiz, understanding the histopathology of common swine diseases)
1:45-2:30 pm Andres Buret, University of Calgary
New anti-inflammatory properties confer clinical benefits to antibiotics
2:30-3:00 pm Refreshment Break
3:00-3:45 pm

Matt Loewen, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
Mechanisms of diarrhea: novel finidings for old diseases

3:45-4:30 pm Joe Rubin, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
Brachyspira antibiotic sensitivity testing
4:30-6:30 pm Pork and Beer Reception

Friday, October 19, 2018 - Battleford Ballroom

7:00-8:30am WCASV Annual Business Breakfast Meeting
Review of WCASV SWOT analysis
Leigh Rosengren and Leanne van de Weyer
Session chair: Blaine Tully
8:45-9:30 am Maria Peters, University of Minnesota
Update: M. hyopneumonia epidemiology, diagnostics and control
9:30-10:00 am Earl Van Assen, Morden Veterinary Services
M. hyopneumonia herd elimination and economics
10:00-10:30 am Refreshment Break
10:30-11:15 am

Amy Snow, Canadian Food Inspection Agency and
Julia Keenliside, Government of Alberta, Agriculture and Rural Development
The trouble with Seneca Virus A: Canadian perspective and regulatory challenges

11:15-12:00 pm Madhu Ravi, Government of Alberta, Agriculture and Rural Development
Tips to identify and differentiate visicles
12:00-12:30 pm Maodong Zhang, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
(Supervisor: Yanyun Huang)
High-throughput sequencing to detect novel viruses in western Canadian pigs
12:30 pm

John Harding, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
Closing remarks and acknowledgements

12:30-1:00 pm Lunch