Infinity Conference Centre

Ottawa, Ontario

                                                                                                                                                                                        June 02 – 05, 2024
2024/06/02 08:30:00

22nd CAHLN Annual Meeting

OMICS: from exploration to application

The organizing committees for the 2024 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network (CAHLN) and the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Pathologists (CAVP) invite you to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation of scientific research, reviews, application or other interesting subjects related to omics or of scientific interest to the membership.


Abstract submission deadline: April 30, 2024.

Please submit your abstract in a Word document containing your name, institution, title and summary (brief introduction, methods, findings, conclusions). Limit the abstract to less than 400 words.

Submit abstracts to:

Abstracts of interest to the CAVP membership should be earmarked for CAVP so as to be reviewed by the appropriate committee.

All abstracts will be reviewed by the organizing committees, with notification of acceptance provided by May 15th 2024. Accepted abstracts will be published in the meeting proceedings.

Oral presentations should be carefully crafted to last no more than 12 minutes, with 3 minutes of questions to follow. Upon acceptance, please submit oral presentations’ PowerPoint no later than May 24th 2024, to avoid any technical difficulties during the meeting.

Posters will be displayed in the poster sessions throughout the CAHLN/RCTLSA meeting.

Students:  Best presentations, oral and poster, will be awarded.

Early Bird Registration Fees until May 10, 2024

$300.00 + Taxes – Early Bird Regular Registration

$150.00 + Taxes – Early Bird Student Registration

Registration fee includes sessions, refreshment breaks, lunches, welcome reception on Sunday, June 2 (cash bar), and dinner on Monday, June 3 (Cash Bar)


Regular Registration Fees start May 11, 2024

$350.00 + Taxes –  Regular Registration

$175.00 + Taxes –  Student Registration

Registration fee includes sessions, refreshment breaks, lunches, welcome reception on Sunday, June 2 (cash bar), and dinner on Monday, June 3 (Cash Bar)




Sunday, June 2, 2024

Canadian Association of Veterinary Pathologists (CAVP) Meeting

Fee includes refreshment breaks and lunch

– $100.00 + taxes


Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Dinner Banquet at the Meadowview Barn, Central Experimental Farm

Fee includes transportation, parking and dinner (cash bar)

– $75.00 + taxes / $30.00 + taxes for students


Individual registrations only


Please click here to register



JUNE 2-5, 2024

Infinity Convention Centre (ICC)

2901 Gibford Drive, Ottawa



17:30 – 19:30

Welcome Reception
ICC Lobby




ICC Lobby


Welcome and Opening Remarks


Clarice Lulai-Angi (CAHLN President-elect)
Welcome message, location and meeting orientation

David Nanang (Vice President, Science Branch, Canadian Food Inspection Agency [CFIA])
Opening Remarks


Keynote Speakers


Baljit Singh (Vice-President, Research, University of Saskatchewan)

Michael Lohuis (Semex)
How the application of genomics technology has revolutionized cattle breeding


Health Break and Sponsor Displays


Session 1:  Genomics and Animal Health – Emerging Issues


Oliver Lung (CFIA)
Genomics on the frontline of infectious disease outbreak response and animal health infectious disease investigations at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency-NCFAD’s experience

François Elvinger (Cornell University)
Testing for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in a laboratory of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) – Evolution of an outbreak, from birds to carnivores to cattle


Lunch and sponsor displays


Session 2:  Genomics and Animal Health


Camilla Queiroz (CFIA)
The application of Next Generation DNA sequencing and bioinformatics to improve the detection of parasites of human and animal health relevance

Cass Erdelyan (CFIA)
Genomic analyses of clade H5N5 viruses reveal multiple transatlantic incursions into North America and spillover into mammals

Anatoliy Trokhymchuk (University of Saskatchewan)
Nanopore Adaptive Sampling advantages limitations for metagenomics-based infectious disease diagnostics

Dhinesh Periyasamy (Prairie Diagnostic Services [PDS])
Bovreproseq – Bovine reproductive pathogen sequencing panel


Health Break and Sponsor Displays


Session 3:  Method Development in Diagnostics


Musangu Ngeleka (PDS)
Streamlining diagnostic bacteriology information using genomics

Chukwunonso Onyilagha (CFIA)
Development and validation of an indirect and a blocking ELISA for serological diagnosis of African swine fever

William Pilot (University of Ottawa/CFIA)
RT-QuIC assays for screening chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer

Isabel Kleinbub (University of Ottawa)
Fecal metabolite extraction method optimization and validation for Wood Bison (Bison bison athabascae) Metabolomic Profiling

Bradley DeWolf (University of Guelph)
Reducing gastrointestinal parasitism in Canadian sheep using the CARLA ® Saliva Test

Jennifer Davies (University of Calgary)
2025 ISWAVLD – Partnerships in health: From disease detection to prevention


Provincial Laboratory Reports


Lone Star Restaurant, 2880 Gibford Drive




ICC Lobby


Session 4:  Epidemiology, Surveillance and One Health


Zohaib Anwar (Simon Fraser University)
Bioinformatics applications for genomic epidemiology in One Health

Marianne Parent (Canadian Animal Health Surveillance System)
Visualizing syndromic surveillance: CAHSS provincial abattoir and diagnostic laboratory dashboards

Afolakemi Adeniji (Animal Health Canada)
Enhancing early detection of African swine fever: Update on the CanSpotASF Program

Julie-Hélène Fairbrother (Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation [MAPAQ])
Quebec Veterinary Antimicrobial Surveillance Program – New interactive report

Wallis Rudnick (Public Health Agency of Canada)
Antimicrobial susceptibility of clinical isolates from canines and felines, AMRNet-Vet surveillance, 2022—2023

David McKinnon (CFIA)
CFIA’s WOAH Reference Laboratories and Collaborative Centres


Health Break and Sponsor Displays


Session 5:  Emerging Infectious Disease


Anthony Signore (CFIA)
Phylodynamics of the H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in North America reveals the emergence of reassortants with increased fitness

Oliver Lung (CFIA)
Senecavirus cetus a novel picornavirus isolated from cetaceans represents a major host switching to the marine environment

Jonathon Cecillon (University of Ottawa)
Transmission patterns of zoonotic and emerging pathogens in Canada’s north related to climate change

Véronique Charreton-Sanford (Centre de recherche en infectiologie porcine et avicole [CRIPA-FRQ])
Complete genome sequence of a pigeon-like circovirus in lymphocyte depleted bursa of Fabricius from a Common raven (Corvus corax)

Amer Abdelgany (Carleton University)
Gut Dysbiosis affected conjugative transfer of antimicrobial resistance genes


Lunch and Sponsor Displays


Session 6:  Emerging Infectious Disease


Maria Arifin (CFIA)
An overview of genotyping for CWD and Scrapie resistance

Waqas Tahir (CFIA)
Canadian 2021 H-type BSE case associated with a novel E211K polymorphism in prion protein gene

Julie-Hélène Fairbrother (MAPAQ)
Management of an accidental laboratory exposure to a Risk Group 3 bacteria


Bus transportation and tour of Rideau Hall


Bus transportation to Meadowview Barn or ICC


Banquet at Meadowview Barn, Central Experimental Farm



Session 7:  Innovation in Animal Disease Diagnostics


Jennifer Provencher (Environment and Climate Change Canada)
Development and use of genomic and metabolomics tools to assess the impacts of oil-related contaminants in Arctic seabirds

Durda Slavic (University of Guelph – Animal Health Laboratory)
Serogrouping of Salmonella spp. Isolates using IR Biotyper

Dhinesh Periyasamy (PDS)
Diversity of Bovine enteric coronavirus in western Canada

Marie-Jeanne Pesant (CRIPA-FRQ)
Elucidating deoxynivalenols’ antiviral effect against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus infections in vitro – a multi-omics approach

Jonathon Kotwa (Sunnybrook)
A nested pan-coronavirus SYBR green RT-PCR: application to coronavirus surveillance in Peromyscus leucopus in Toronto, Ontario

Vincent Baby (Centre de diagnostic vétérinaire de l’Université de Montréal (CDVUM])
Porcine circovirus type 2 immunofluorescence serological assay automation using a fully integrated platform, from microplate production to cell imaging.


Health Break and Sponsor Displays


Session 8:  Genomics in Animal Diseases – pathogens and hosts


Chad Laing (CFIA)
Improvements in the identification and characterization of animal diseases using genomics and machine learning

Anatoliy Trokhymchuk (University of Saskatchewan)
Technical and operational requirements for a Laboratory Information Management System to support genomics and artificial intelligence-based workflows in publicly funded animal health diagnostic laboratories

Josip Rudar (CFIA)
Sequence signatures within the genome of SARS-CoV-2 can be used to predict host source

Marika Köszegi (CDVUM)
Development of a specific qPCR assay and first whole genome sequencing of Canadian viral strains of Gull circovirus

Mingsong Kang (CFIA)
Development of a novel real-time multiplex PCR assay for detection of B. abortus, B. melitensis and B.suis using large-scale whole genome sequencing data analysis


Student Awards and Closing Remarks



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 before May 10, 2024. Please write “Laboratorian of the Year” as the subject title.

The RCTLSA warmly thanks its sponsors for their support

For sponsors who have completed and submitted the CAHLN sponsor contract to, here is the link for your payment by credit card:


Please click here to make payment


Thank you on behalf of the CAHLN 2024 Organizing Committee.


2881 Gibford Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1V 2L9

  1. Attendees can book guestrooms by calling the hotel directly: 613-247-9500
    • Group Code:  CAH
    • Dates:  June 1 to 5, 2024
    • Room types available:
    • Double Queen at $169/night
    • King Suite at $179/night
    • Cut-off Date:  May 15, 2024
  2. Or go to  and follow the steps below:
    • Put in the exact dates of check-in and check-out (they have to coincide with the group block dates)
    • Under the box for Group ID enter CAH
    • The group rate with the group name will automatically populate.



2869 Gibford Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1V2L9

  1. Attendees can book guestrooms by calling the hotel directly: 613-248-1113
    • Group Code:  CAH
    • Dates:  June 1 to 5, 2024
    • Room type available:
    • Standard King at $189/night
    • Cut-off Date:  May 17, 2024
  2. Or go to
    • Enter city and dates
    • Click on “add special rate codes”
    • Enter CAH in the “group code” section.

For any queries related to the CAHLN 2024 Meeting, please send an email to: