University of Manitoba

                                                                                                                                                                                                  June 10-13, 2018
2018/06/10 08:30:00

17th CAHLN Annual Meeting

Adapting to Emerging Animal Diseases


It is a pleasure to invite you to the 17th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network (CAHLN) to take place in Winnipeg at the University of Manitoba.

The CAHLN Annual Meeting is a forum for knowledge exchange and networking among animal health laboratorians from across Canada, providing valuable continuing education to those working in both research and diagnostic laboratories.  The meeting is an ideal setting for graduate students to present their research and discuss it with experts in their field of study.

In addition to the scientific program, the CAHLN annual meeting includes a welcome reception, networking sessions, industry exhibits, banquet and post-conference tour.

We invite you to register and submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation at the meeting.

Please share the invite with your colleagues and print a poster to display in your workplace.

We look forward to seeing you in June!



Dr. Neil Pople
Chair, 17th CAHLN Annual Meeting

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Sunday June 10, 2018 @ Canad Inns Destination Centre Fort Garry

08:00 – 16:30 Canadian Association of Veterinary Pathologists Meeting @ Canad Inns (separate registration; contact
15:00 – 16:00 Registration
16:00 – 19:00 Welcome Reception (Room: Ambassador A)


Monday June 11, 2018 @ University Centre, University of Manitoba

7:45 – 10:00 Registration
8:00 – 8:15 Official Opening and Welcome
8:15 – 10:00 Plenary Session 1
10:00 – 10:30 Health Break, Poster Viewing, Trade show and Networking
10:30 – 12:00 Plenary Session 2
12:00 – 13:45 Lunch, CAHLN Business Meeting
13:45 – 15:00 Scientific Session 1
15:00 – 15:30 Health Break, Poster Viewing, Trade show and Networking
15:30 – 17:00 Scientific Session 2
17:30 – 20:00 CAHSN Executive Board Face-to-Face Meeting (by invitation only)


Tuesday June 12, 2018 @ University Centre, University of Manitoba

8:15 – 8:30 Greetings
8:30 – 10:00 Scientific Session 3
10:00 – 10:30 Health Break, Poster Viewing, Trade show and Networking
10:30 – 11:30 Scientific Session 4
11:30 – 13:30 Lunch, TSE Meeting (by invitation)
13:30 – 15:00 Scientific Session 5
15:00 – 15:30 Health Break, Poster Viewing, Trade show and Networking
15:30 – 16:45 Scientific Session 6
18:00 – 21:00 CAHLN Gala and Awards Presentation @ Canad Inns Destination Centre Fort Garry, Ambassador F


Wednesday June 13, 2018 @ University Centre, University of Manitoba

8:45 – 10:00 Scientific Session 7
10:00 – 10:30 Health Break and Networking
10:30 – 12:00 Maintaining Mental and Behavioural Wellness
12:00 – 12:10 CAHLN 2018 Closing Remarks
12:10 – 13:00 Boxed lunch

Monday, June 11, 2018


Time Speaker Topic

Neil Pople

Veterinary Diagnostic Services,

Manitoba Agriculture

Greetings and Opening Remarks

Miriam Sweetnam

Dairy Farmer’s of Manitoba

Major Disease Events from a Livestock Producer’s Point of View

Hana Weingartl


Current Activities at the NCFAD’s Special Pathogens Unit

Megan Bergman

Manitoba Agriculture

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea: The Manitoba Experience
10:00-10:30 Health Break N/A

John Prescott

Ontario Veterinary College

Antimicrobial Stewardship and the Role of Veterinary Laboratories

Wayne Lees

Building a Collaborative Regional Animal Health Intelligence Network in Western Canada


Tuesday, June 12, 2018


Time Speaker Topic

Oliver Lung


High Throughput Sequencing Of Viral Genomes at the CFIA National Centre for

Foreign Animal Disease Containment Level 3 Laboratory


Heidi Wood

National Microbiology Laboratory

Naturally-Acquired Immunity to Rabies Virus – A Large-Scale Assessment of Nunavik’s Inuit Population Engaged in High-Risk Hunting and Trapping Activities

Scientific Sessions

Session 1: June 11 (13:45 – 15:00)
Title Presenter Time
Surviving and thriving in a bacteriology lab: how busy is our busy today? Anatoliy Trokhymchuk 13:45-14:00
Upcoming changes to antimicrobial prescription regulations in Canada: business challenge or a business opportunity for an animal health diagnostic laboratory? Anatoliy Trokhymchuk 14:00-14:15
Evaluation of antimicrobial resistance profile of Mannheimia haemolytica using broth dilution method and nanopore whole genome sequencing Musangu Ngeleka 14:15-14:30
Kitten colitis associated with Clostridium piliforme Yanyun Huang 14:30-14:45
Equine congenital papilloma: A case report with literature review Ahmad R. Movasseghi 14:45-15:00


Session 2: June 11 (15:30 – 17:00)
Title Presenter Time
Development of a multivalent capripoxvirus vaccine to protect against sheeppox, goatpox, peste des petits ruminants and Rift Valley fever Shawn Babiuk 15:30-15:45
Whole genome sequencing gives crucial details that improves porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) classification compared to ORF5 gene sequencing Chantale Provost 15:45-16:00
Incursion of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease in Canada Aruna Ambagala 16:00-16:15
Maximizing submission information received at a veterinary diagnostic lab Jim Fairles 16:15-16:30
Practical recommendations for diagnostic animal health laboratory submission forms to enhance/optimize data for disease surveillance Theresa Burns 16:30-17:00


Session 3: June 12 (8:30 – 10:00)
Title Presenter Time
High Throughput Sequencing Of Viral Genomes at the CFIA National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease Containment Level 3 Laboratory Oliver Lung 8:30-9:15
A novel Coronavirus associated with a mass die off of Canada Geese and Snow Geese Amber Papineau* 9:15-9:30
Virus detection in bovine respiratory disease using high throughput sequencing Maodong Zhang* 9:30-9:45
Emerging and Re-emerging Disease Diagnostic Test Development Brad Pickering 9:45-10:00

*Graduate Student


Session 4: June 12 (10:30 – 11:30)
Title Presenter Time
Fully automated and integrated detection and subtyping of avian influenza viruses on a microfluidic platform Cody Buchanan 10:30-10:45
Fully automated and integrated multiplex detection of high consequence livestock viral genomes on a microfluidic platform Mathew Fisher 10:45-11:00
Early detection of slowly replicating virus by combining culture methods with time-monitored RT-qPCR – The Infectious Salmon Anaemia virus model. Mark Laflamme 11:00-11:15
Development of two multiplex assays for bovine viruses using fluidic bead based technology Dante Mateo 11:15-11:30


Session 5: June 12 (13:30 – 15:00)
Title Presenter Time
Naturally-Acquired Immunity to Rabies Virus – A Large-Scale Assessment of Nunavik’s Inuit Population Engaged in High-Risk Hunting and Trapping Activities Heidi Wood 13:30-14:00
Validation of diagnostic assays for Senecavirus A (SVA) and pathogenesis studies in pigs using 2015 Canadian isolate of SVA Kate Hole 14:00-14:15
Differentiating singleton reactors from true positives for antibodies to Swine Vesicular Disease Virus Romaine Edirmanasinghe 14:15-14:30
Generation of monoclonal antibodies against foot-and-mouth disease virus SAT 2 and development of a lateral flow strip test for virus detection Ming Yang 14:30-14:45
Validation of a virus neutralization test (VNT) for detection of antibodies to swine vesicular disease virus Thanuja Ambagala 14:45-15:00


Session 6: June 12 (15:30 – 16:30)
Title Presenter Time
A single-tube triplex real-time PCR assay for differential detection of highly virulent Chinese strains of pseudorabies virus Mathieu Pinette 15:30-15:45
Evaluation of meat juice as a diagnostic sample for the detection of African swine fever Melissa Goolia 15:45-16:00
An invitation to the AHL Guelph Postmortem Laboratory FAD Emergency Exercise – Lessons learned Julie-Hélène Fairbrother 16:00-16:30


Session 7: June 13 (8:45 – 10:00)
Title Presenter Time
Development of a recombinant nucleocapsid based indirect ELISA for the detection of antibodies to avian metapneumovirus subtypes, A, B, and C Wanhong Xu 8:45-9:00
Development of Indirect ELISAs to Detect Antibodies against Emerging Zoonotic Viruses in Swine Greg Smith 9:00-9:15
Development of a competitive cELISA for detection of Rift Valley fever virus specific antibodies Thang Truong 9:15-9:30
Lessons learned from 4 years of communicating surveillance information to veterinarians and producers in Ontario Melanie Barham 9:30-10:00

Poster Session


Poster Session: June 11 and 12
Title Presenter
Monitoring virulence profiles and antimicrobial resistance in pathogenic Escherichia coli from pigs in Québec John Morris Fairbrother
A single-tube triplex real-time PCR assay for differential detection of highly virulent Chinese strains of pseudorabies virus Mathieu Pinette
Risk assessment for the incursion and establishment of orbiviruses in Ontario. Canada: serosurveillance in cervids and cattle and characterization of current vector composition and distribution Samantha E. Allen*
Culture, antimicrobial susceptibility, and molecular typing of Paenibacillus larvae Durda Slavic
Molecular typing of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae field strains using p146gene sequencing Hugh Cai
Development of TaqMan qPCR for the detection of mycoplasma hyosynoviae from swine clinical samples Hugh Cai
Aethina tumida (small hive beetle) PCR and COI sequencing identification Hugh Cai
 A decision support framework to predict the risk of avian influenza outbreaks Samira Yousefi*
Development of isotype specific ELISAs for swine vesicular disease virus antibody detection using non-infectious virus like particle antigen for reduction of singleton reactors Ming Yang
Causes of morbidity and mortality in captive psittacines submitted to the Ontario veterinary college teaching hospital Daniel Gibson*
Validation of a blocking enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for detection of antibodies to foot-and-mouth disease virus non-structural proteins Romaine Edirmanasinghe
A study of the indigenous fauna of Culicoides midges in Canada Aruna Ambagala

* Graduate Student

Hotels Method of Reservation Shuttle Price
On-Campus Residence: Mary Speechly Hall (MSH)

101 Arthur V. Mauro Residence
120 Dafoe Road
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 6B3

T: 204-474-6404 or 204-474-9922


Click Here for Booking Link

No Shuttle Service available.


Parking is $12 per day, weekends and evenings (after 4:30pm) are free.

$45.00 + taxes

Limited number of rooms available,  will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis

Canad Inns Destination Centre Fort Garry

1824 Pembina Hwy
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3T 2G2

T: 204-261-7450 or 1-888-332-2623


Group number: 275875

Cut-off date: May 10, 2018


Complimentary Airport or anywhere within a 10 mile radius is available. Reservation required. $109.00 Single/Double Occupancy + taxes

$10.00 per person up to quad occupancy

$4.99 for weekday Breakfast at Aaltos


Holiday Inn Winnipeg South

1330 Pembina Hwy
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3T 2B4

T: 204-452-4747 or 1-800-423-1337


Click Here for Booking Link

Cut-off date: May 14, 2018


Complimentary Airport and local area shuttle service is available. Reservation required. $124.95 Single/Double Occupancy + taxes

Includes breakfast



Click Here to upload and submit your abstract.


Please use the following instructions in the formatting of the abstract:

  • Use MS Word, Font-Times New Roman, 12 pt, 1 inch margin.
  • Title of the abstract in bold letters.
  • Name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s), type the first name and last name of each author.
  • Follow each author with a numbered affiliation, e.g. 1, 2, etc. and indicate the affiliation in a footnote.
  • Maximum of 350 words.


The Organizing Committee reserves the right to accept or reject individual abstracts and to determine the day and time of presentation.


Each author will have a useable area measuring 3’10” (116.84 cm) wide x 3’8″ (111.76 cm) high.

Graduate Student Travel Awards


Applications to be considered for Graduate Student Travel Awards for the 2018 Annual CAHLN Meeting at the Animal Health Laboratory, Winnipeg, MB from June 10-13, 2018 are now open.

The travel awards are intended to help defray the cost of travel and lodging for students traveling to the Annual CAHLN meeting from sites distant to the host site, encouraging student excellence in their laboratory discipline, developing presentation skills (verbal, written, organizational), and promoting networking of students with veterinary laboratorians. This year, funds are available for 2 travel awards of $500 each.

Trainees in a Master’s, PhD or residency program enrolled in any discipline in veterinary laboratory medicine including epidemiology, immunology, microbiology (bacteriology, food safety, mycology and virology), molecular diagnostics, parasitology, pathology (anatomic and clinical), public health, and toxicology are encouraged to apply.

To apply for a CAHLN Graduate Student Travel Award:

  • Register for the meeting and submit an abstract. (Payment can be deferred until the abstract is accepted).
  • Following submission of your abstract, please send an e-mail to the Awards Committee of CAHLN, c/o Dr. Neil Pople at indicating that you are applying for a graduate student travel award.  Attach the following 3 additional documents:
  1. A brief letter of intent (500 words maximum) that includes a description of your views on the role of animal health laboratories in responding to emerging diseases.
  2. A brief curriculum vitae.
  3. A letter of support from your mentor.

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is May 1, 2018 (the deadline for submission of Annual Meeting abstracts).

CAHLN Graduate Student Presentation Award

A plaque is awarded annually to a graduate student based on the quality of their presentation at the CAHLN annual meeting.  For this year there will be one oral presentation award and one poster presentation award. Presentations are judged on the originality of the subject, contribution of the presentation to our knowledge base, the student’s understanding and delivery of the topic, and ability to answer questions.

Laboratorian of the Year


Who can be nominated: Anyone who has made a significant contribution to animal health laboratory medicine in Canada. A nominee can be an outstanding diagnostician, educator, researcher, mentor of future laboratorians, or other contributor to the field.

How to nominate: Send a brief letter of support outlining the nominee’s accomplishments, along with the nominee’s CV, to the Awards Committee of CAHLN, by sending an e-mail to Dr. Neil Pople to before May 1, 2018. Please write “Laboratorian of the Year” as the subject title.

About Winnipeg


Winnipeg is a culturally diverse city with more than 100 languages and nationalities represented throughout the region. Winnipeg is known for its unique winter experiences, flourishing arts scene, colourful festivals, and character neighbourhoods, as well as its green spaces and access to outdoor activities. The city features more than 1,100 restaurants as well as numerous world-class attractions, museums, theatres, sports venues and night clubs.

Known as the “cultural cradle of Canada”, Winnipeg is home to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and so much more. Newer attractions include the world-class Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which is Canada’s first national museum built outside the capital region, and Journey to Churchill at Assiniboine Park Zoo, which is the world’s most comprehensive Arctic species exhibit.


The Forks

Located at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, the Forks is one of the major attractions in Winnipeg. Visit the bustling Forks Market for souvenirs and a quick bite, as well as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Children's Museum, the Inn at the Forks, the Forks National Historic Site of Canada.


Assiniboine Park & Zoo

Located minutes from downtown Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park, the Winnipeg Zoo is one of the world’s most comprehensive Arctic species exhibit. Come and say Hi to Baffin and Willow, Winnipeg zoo’s latest polar bear cubs!


Winnipeg Art Gallery

Located at the heart of downtown, the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) is the sixth largest gallery in Canada.


Royal Canadian Mint

The Winnipeg Mint is a high-tech, high-speed manufacturing facility in the production of the Canadian circulation coins. Guided tours are available.


Blue Bombers

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are members of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Home games are played at the Investors Group Field, which is within walking distance from our conference venue!


Manitoba Legislative Building

Completed in 1920, many consider Manitoba’s third Legislative Building to be the finest provincial Legislative Building in Canada. It is open every day of the year for self-guided tours.



Winnipeg’s top-notch food scene tantalizes every taste bud. Sample exotic dishes at authentic mom-and-pop restaurants, bite into innovative tapas at trendy bistros and dine with gourmands at hot spots manned by the city’s top chefs. For restaurant guides, search for eateries by category in the dining section here.

Some suggestions around the conference area include:

The Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network (CAHLN) is pleased to invite you to be a sponsor of the upcoming national annual meeting on June 10-13, 2018 at the University of Manitoba.

The following Sponsorship Packages detail the benefits and features provided to sponsors of the 17th CAHLN Annual Meeting.

The Organizing Committee

Neil Pople

Chair, 17th CAHLN Annual Meeting

Megan Bergman

Co-Chair, 17th CAHLN Annual Meeting

Chen (Selina) Chi

Communications and Marketing Chair

Diane Roberts

Networking Events Co-Chair

Marilyn Perrault

Networking Events Co-Chair

Aline Tezcucano

Conference Planner and Sponsorship Chair


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