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Karin Orsel
Associate Professor Epidemiology
University of Calgary

Associate Professor (Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases) Dr. Orsel completed her DVM at the Utrecht University in 1996 and she started to work as a veterinarian in several veterinary practices in The Netherlands. In February 1997 she started her job at the ambulatory clinic of the Department of Farm Animal Health in Utrecht. After being actively involved in an epidemiologic study during the epidemic of foot and mouth disease in 2001, she started her PhD on this topic from February 2002-February 2007. She obtained a MSc degree in veterinary epidemiology and economics in 2004. She joined UCVM in February 2008 as assistant professor in Epidemiology, with a main focus on Infectious Diseases of Cattle, fostering a multi-disciplinary approach to global and ecosystem health challenges. Weblink: I have been actively involved in delivery of graduate courses on epidemiology, both in the Veterinary Sciences as well as in the community health science program. Undergraduate teaching: Advanced Health Management, fundamentals of epidemiology, Health Management, Outbreak investigations, Foreign Animal Disease, and delivering herd level related cattle topics in several other courses. Rotations: practice liaison for Veterinary Agri-Health Services and Feedlot Health Management Services in delivery of the herd health rotations in cattle health. Member of the One-health team delivering rotations and educational opportunities for DVM and BHs students in UofCs fieldschool in Tanzania. As a veterinary epidemiologist, my main interest is in studying disease transmission and identifying risk factors for multi-factorial diseases. My research focuses on both beef and dairy cattle, especially, infectious diseases, lameness and painful procedures. One of the key findings in dairy cattle is that lameness is a prevalent disorder in Canadian dairy farms, and the complex interaction between animal and environmental factors impacts the prevalence. In beef cattle besides lameness my research also focuses on the potential for food and water intake behaviour as indicators for early disease detection in feedlot systems. A second focus is on disease detection in wildlife and disease transmission at the wildlife-livestock interface. It was discovered that Johne?s disease is present in a wide variety of wild species native to Alberta, and test adaptation was needed for optimization of disease detection. To expand on the Ecosystem approach and supportive of a One-Health approach, I am an active member of the team, supporting education and teaching in the University of Calgary?s fieldschool in Tanzania. In addition to research, Dr. Orsel is a board member of the UCVM Animal Care Committee, and Third Year Teacher?s Committee. She is also on the organizing committee for UCVM?s International Beef Conference and is a co-organizer of the annual Canadian MAP researchers meeting. Dr. Orsel also regularly presents for producer groups, such as Alberta Milk Producer, on topics like lameness in dairy cows and Johne?s disease. Primary supervisor 1. Laura Solano: The influence of management practices on claw health, lameness and cow longevity on Alberta dairy farms 2. Emily Morabito. Re-evaluation of lameness and longevity using tools to quantify impact. 3. Jessica Davis. Beef cattle lameness; occurrence and economic impact in AB feedlots. Co supervisor or committee member: 1. Casey Jacobs: Effectively of footbath treatments for control of digital dermatitis in dairy cattle 2. Adam Chernick: Genetic and antigenetic evoluation of Bovine Viral Diarrhea virus 3. Angeline McIntyre. Emerging infectious diseases in the Arctic (muskoxen). 4. Daniela Melendez Suarez: Pain and welfare of castration procedures in beef cattle 5. Domonique Carson: Coagulase negative staphylococci. 6. Guilherme Bond: Dairy calf management in Western Canada 7. Caroline Corbett. Within herd transmission of MAP in dairy cattle.


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Surveillance et gestion de la santé du b?oeuf musqué à des fins de sécurité alimentaire et de résilience socioéconomique et écosystémique : intégration des connaissances traditionnelles, locales et scientifiques

Adresse principale

University of Calgary
Production Animal health
3330 hospital drive nw
calgary, Alberta t2n 4n1

Téléphone: 1-403-210 6127