18th CAHLN Annual Meeting

 « The last frontier in veterinary diagnostic; applied genomic and high throughput sequencing »

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the 18th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network (CAHLN) to be held in Saint-Hyacinthe at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Université de Montréal from May 26-29, 2019.

This meeting was initiated as a mean of networking among animal health laboratorians from across Canada and as a showcase for this field of activity for graduate students. It is a forum of knowledge exchange for researchers and those working in diagnostic laboratories and provides an excellent opportunity for students to present their work.

In addition to the scientific program, the CAHLN annual meeting includes a welcome reception, networking sessions, industry exhibits and a special event on Tuesday night.

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

Please share the invitation with your colleagues. We look forward to seeing you in May!


Dr. Estela Cornaglia
Chair, 18th CAHLN Annual Meeting


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CAHLN 2019 and Special Symposium

Preliminary Program

Sunday May 26th, 2019

08:00 – 16:30

CAVP – Annual Pathology Conference

17:00 – 20:00 CAHLN /CAPV – Evening Reception


CAHLN 18th Annual Meeting

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Université de Montréal

3200 Sicotte, Saint-Hyacinthe

Quebec (J2S 2M2)

Monday May 27th, 2019

08:30 – 10:00 Conferences
10:00 – 10:30 Break, posters, exhibits
10:30 – 12:00 Conferences
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
12:30 – 13:30 CAHLN – Business Meeting (open)
13:30 – 15:00 Conferences
15:00 – 15:30 Break, posters, exhibits
15:30 – 16:30 Conferences
16:30 Adjourn
17:00 – 20:00 CAHSN Executive Board meeting (by invitation)


Tuesday May 28th, 2019

08:30 – 10:00 Conferences
10:00 – 10:30 Break, posters, exhibits
10:30 – 12:00 Conferences
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch, posters, exhibits
13:00 – 15:00 Conferences
15:00 – 15:30 Break, posters, exhibits
15:30 – 16:30 Conferences
17:00 Social activity “Bateau Mouche”; Bus departure
18:30 – 22:30 Social activity “Bateau Mouche”


Wednesday May 29th, 2019

08:30 – 10:00 Conferences
10:00 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:30 Conferences
11:30 Presentation of awards

  • CAHLN – Graduate Student Oral/Poster Presentation Awards
  • CAHLN – Graduate Student Travel Awards
  • CAHLN – Laboratorian of the Year
12:00 Adjourn

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Hotels Method of Reservation


Additional info
Le Dauphin Saint-Hyacinthe

1250, Daniel-Johnson West

Saint-Hyacinthe, Qc, J2S 7K7



T : 450-774-4418 or 1-800-465-4842

Group code to mention : CAHLN

Cut-off date : April 26, 2019

144$ + tx

In single or double occupancy

Includes continental breakfast

Computer and free WiFi in each room

3.5Km to FMV (10 min drive)

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

1500 Daniel-Johnson East

Saint-Hyacinthe, Qc, J2S 8W5

Website: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/saint-hyacinthe/yulsh/hoteldetail

T: 450-251-1111

Group code to mention: CAHLN

Booking link : Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network

Cut-off date: April 28, 2019

149$ + tx

(Std room)

169$ + tx


Includes buffet-style breakfast

Indoor pool

Free high-speed internet in all room

4.5Km to FMV (12 min drive)

Sheraton Saint-Hyacinthe Hotel

1315 Daniel-Johnson West

Saint-Hyacinthe, Qc, J2S 8S4



T: 1-877-619-0410

Group code to mention: CAHLN

Cut-off date: April 24, 2019

155$ + tx

(Std room)

205$ + tx

(Jnr suite)

In single or double occupancy

No breakfast included

Indoor pool

Free high-speed internet in all room

3.4km to FMV (10 min drive)


Tuesday night 

Come live a typical Montreal experience that will make you discover the city from the Saint- Lawrence River. A shuttle will await the participants at the end of the conferences and will bring them directly to the Old Port of Montreal. Boarding on the Bateau-Mouche will take place at 6:30 pm from Quai Jacques-Cartier. Total duration of the cruise is 3 hours ½, and will end at 10:30 pm. When you return, the shuttle will drop you off at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine or at one of the 3 designated convention hotels (see Accommodation section).

The cruise includes a 4-course dinner, with 3 menu choices to be determined on site, musical entertainment and an immersive sound and light experience, designed by the Quebec company XYZ technologies.

Sail the river and the Boucherville Islands. Discover the city and its main attractions by day, but also by night, including the Jacques-Cartier Bridge fully illuminated. The total value of this package is 120$, but is offered at only 80$ for the CAHLN attendees. The deadline to register is April 1, 2019 (see registration section to make the reservation).

For more information, visit: https://www.bateaumouche.ca/en/home.html


Extra Activities

Tourism Saint-Hyacinthe

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts must be received by April 15, 2019

Click Here to upload and submit your abstract.

Please note that you must also complete, submit and include payment on the registration form to attend the conference.

For any questions or concerns, please email : cahlnrctlsa@medvet.umontreal.ca

When preparing your abstract, please use the following format instructions:

  • Word Document
  • Arial (11 pt)
  • Title of Abstract in bold
  • Name(s) and affiliation(s) of author(s). Type the first and last name of each author. Follow each author with a numbered affiliation. I.E. (1), (2), etc…
  • Text of Abstract : 400 words or less



Title: Diagnosis of swine respiratory infectious agents using a nano-volume quantitative PCR platform.

Author(s) name(s) / Affiliation(s):

Philippe Garneau1, Véronique Allard2, Tony Sabetti3, Donald Tremblay2, Carl A. Gagnon1, Marie Archambault1, Josée Harel1.

1Centre de Recherche en Infectiologie Porcine, Faculté de médecine vétérinaire, Université de Montréal; 2Service de diagnostic moléculaire, Faculté de médecine vétérinaire, Université de Montréal; 3NextGen QPCR Systems and Applications, Life Technologies.


We are developing a novel diagnostic approach for simultaneous identification and quantification of swine respiratory infectious agents bringing losses to the industry. The Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) in particular cause important economical losses to swine producers. The virulence of PRRSV is associated with multiple factors including other viral pathogens such as Circovirus, Influenza virus and bacterial infections.

The main goal of this project is to develop a comprehensive and efficient identification and characterization diagnostic approach for viral and bacterial agents responsible for swine morbidity and mortality. We propose to use the OpenArray® technology from Life Technologies. This platform, based on nanofluidic q-PCR technology, allows the identification of up to several hundred agents simultaneously.

We have reached the first milestone of our study. We selected the target respiratory infectious agents as well as identified representative sequences. Using bioinformatic analysis, we designed DNA primers/probes compatible with the OpenArray® q-PCR technology operating parameters. The specificity and sensitivity parameters characteristic of these sets were evaluated using previously characterized samples. When their real time qPCR results met the platform’s efficiency requirements, the primer/probe sets were kept, otherwise new sets were designed. The first quantification laboratory tests on the sets were conclusive.

The capabilities and performance characteristics of the system are being evaluated. The development of rapid and accurate tools for diagnosis is important and contributes to improve animal infectious disease eradication or control programs. It is our hope it will contribute to support a high productivity program of the swine industry.


Poster guidelines

Each author will have a useable area measuring 8 feet (243.84cm) wide x 4 feet (121.92 cm) high.



Graduate Student Travel Awards

Applications to be considered for Graduate Student Travel Awards for the 2019 Annual CAHLN Meeting at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Université de Montréal from May 26-29, 2019, 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 $750 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:

  1. Register for the meeting and submit an abstract. (Payment can be deferred until the abstract is accepted).
  2. Send the following 3 additional documents:
    • A brief letter of intent (500 words maximum) containing a description of your views on the future of genomics and/or high throughput sequencing in veterinary diagnostic laboratory.
    • A brief curriculum vitae.
    • A letter of support from your mentor.

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is April 15, 2019 (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 veterinary diagnostic laboratory in Canada. A nominee can be an outstanding diagnostician, educator, researcher or mentor of future laboratorians.

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: Estela Cornaglia at estela.cornaglia@umontreal.ca or at cahlnrctlsa@medvet.umontreal.ca, before April 15, 2019. Please write “Laboratorian of the Year” as the subject title.

The Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network (CAHLN) is pleased to invite you to be a sponsor of the upcoming national annual meeting on May 26-29, 2019 at the Faculty of Medicine Veterinary.

The following Sponsorship Packages detail the benefits and features provided to sponsors of the 18th CAHLN Annual Meeting.

The Organizing Committee


Estela Maria Cornaglia

Chair, 18th CAHLN Annual Meeting


Véronique Allard

Véronique Boyer

Guy Fontaine

Maria Zardon

Louise Bazin

Nadine Messier