To download a PDF copy of the 2017 booklet, with schedules, abstracts, sponsor info, and more, click here.




The Animal Health Laboratory (AHL) in Guelph, Ontario is very pleased to host the 16th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network (CAHLN) from June 4-7, 2017. This is the third time that the meeting will be held in Guelph, Ontario.

The theme for the CAHLN 2017 Annual Meeting is “Laboratory Based Disease Intelligence in 2017: New and Practical Approaches”.

The format of the CAHLN meeting will be similar to previous meetings. There will be a reception, opening of commercial exhibits, opening of the poster session, a general interest speaker and a networking opportunity on Sunday evening. On Monday, there will be plenary sessions focusing on the CAHLN 2017 meeting theme. There will be presentations by invited local, national and international speakers.

Over the course of the four days, we will also host CAHLN’s annual business meeting, and meetings of the Canadian Animal Health Surveillance Network and the Canadian Association of Poultry Veterinarians.

Please mark the dates (June 4-7, Sunday to Wednesday) in your calendar and watch for more details on our website, which will continue to be updated as arrangments are confirmed and new information becomes available. Please consider this the first call for presentations for the CAHLN 2017 Annual Meeting. Veterinary students, graduate students and veterinary residents are strongly encouraged to participate. Read about our Special Events below, and sign up for the conference below that.

Early Bird Pricing will end on May 1.



Special Events

Sunday night cocktail hour and keynote speaker

Join us on Sunday, June 4th starting at 5:30pm at the Ontario Veterinary College. Socialize with other conference goers over appetizers and refreshments (cash bar). Resident veterinary historian, Dr. Lisa Cox, will be taking groups for an interactive 15 min tour of the C.A.V. Barker Veterinary History Museum, housed at the Ontario Veterinary College. Tours will occur every 15 minutes from 5:30 until 6:30. Then join us at 7pm for a special hour long lecture given by Dr. Andrew McEwen, PhD. (University of Calgary), on the topic of veterinary history in Canada, the effect of war on veterinary training, and a case study of veterinarians in the battle of Vimy Ridge. This case study is especially poignant as 2017 is the 100 year anniversary of the historic battle. Dr. McEwen’s bio can be found here, and further information about the museum is located here. Evening is free of charge to all conference participants, but advance registration and interest in tours is requested.

Tours of the Ontario Veterinary College – Monday lunch hour

Get moving Monday at lunch time and see what the OVC is all about!  The Ontario Veterinary College is pleased to offer CAHLN conference delegates a unique opportunity to tour new and exciting aspects of the college. Please register for your preferred location of tour.  Tours are free of charge but advance registration is required.

Tours of the Animal Health Laboratory – Tuesday, lunch hour

Join us for a brief tour of the Animal Health Laboratory after lectures on Monday, and still be out the door with plenty of time for dinner plans. Tours are free of charge but advance registration is required.

Tuesday night CAHLN gala

As per CAHLN tradition, laboratorians meet up one night of the conference for an evening of great local food, conversation and entertainment.  This year, we will be hosting the gala in historic Creelman hall, located steps away from the conference venue.  A locally sourced, gourmet meal will be served, along with local wine. Guelph is known as Canada’s food university and we aim to show you our best!  We are located close to the Niagara wine region, so local wines will feature in the cash bar. During dinner, enjoy a demonstration of highland dance, by an award winning local dance troupe, a local tradition and an homage to our college’s Scottish roots.  After dinner, listen or join in with local Ceili band, who will lead us in this rousing, easy to join in Irish dance. No experience required. Not sure what a Ceili is?  Click here to find out.

You can get more information about the Tuesday night gala here.

Student mentorship breakfast- NEW!

Interested conference participants can register to join students for breakfast on Tuesday, June 6th at the Ontario Veterinary College. Students are keen to learn about career paths outside of practice, so if you are a laboratorian in Canada, we’d love for you to join us and share your experience with the next generation of laboratorians.  And not to worry, you’ll be out the door in time for the first lecture.

No cost to participate in this event, but registration is required and subject to interest.  If event has enough interest, you will be contacted to confirm, and a brief biography may be requested.