In partnership with the University of Prince Edward Island’s Atlantic Veterinary College, the investment will be used to create the ‘Enteric viral multiplex assay for swine health surveillance in Canada’, a project designed to help veterinarians and producers manage Canadian hog herds.
The data obtained through this project will also be used to inform disease surveillance activities through the Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network.
Diseases such as ASF have rapidly spread across major international meat markets, including China, Russia and mainland Europe, resulting in many businesses halting operation.
“This investment will allow the Atlantic Veterinary College’s Diagnostic Services unit to further contribute to the health and productivity of Canada’s swine industry,” said Dr Greg Keefe, dean of Atlantic Veterinary College.
“This project will allow us to further refine our current multiplex assay for swine enteric diseases, contributing to the advancement of a national swine health surveillance system.”
The Canadian Pork Council hailed the investment from the Government and described animal health as a “top priority” for the industry.
“Canadian pork producers welcome this investment in research and development from the Government of Canada in the area of swine health,” said Canadian Pork Council’s chair Rick Bergmann.
“Animal health is a top priority in our industry and we couldn’t produce the great quality protein we do without access to sound research and technology.”
A similar concept was developed by the Iowa State University, who created a website designed to inform veterinarians and producers on how to control swine flu across the US.