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flock health management and biosecurity programs, drug use and antimicrobial resistance in sheep flocks
Paula has been involved in food animal health management, with a strong emphasis on improving the health of sheep and goats for over four decades. After graduating with a DVM from the University of Guelph, she interned at the University of Saskatchewan and completed a residency / master’s degree in Food Animal Health Management and Epidemiology at University of California - Davis. She returned to the Ontario Veterinary College as a faculty member and as part of the Ruminant Field Service group. As well as a Diplomate in the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management, she is currently Secretary-Treasurer of the International Sheep Veterinary Association and is a Board Member of the International Goat Association. Awards consist of the Carl Block Award for contributions to Canadian agriculture (2014), Don E. Bailey Small Ruminant Practitioner of the Year (American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners) (2015), the OVC Zoetis Research Award in Animal Health (2016), the inaugural Small Ruminant Veterinarians of Ontario award for Excellence (2018) and University Professor Emerita, University of Guelph (2019).
As part of her faculty duties, she provided emergency and flock health services to the practice, and taught sheep and goat health management to veterinary (DVM) students. Current and recent research activities include investigation and control of: gastrointestinal nematode parasitism of sheep, Coxiella burnetii (Q fever) infections in small ruminants and people, paratuberculosis in small ruminants, lamb and dairy kid mortality, on-farm adult small ruminant mortalities, toxoplasmosis, Cache Valley virus, scrapie, and coccidiosis.
She has developed health management programs for sheep and goats including the Ontario Maedi Visna Flock Status program; the Canadian Verified Sheep program (biosecurity, food safety, welfare and animal health); the Handbook for the Control of Internal Parasites of Sheep and Goats; and has written Guides for Udder Health of Dairy Sheep and Dairy Goats. She has been on numerous small ruminant national (Canadian) committees including developing Codes of Practice for sheep and for goats, biosecurity guides for small ruminants, FMD vaccination strategies for Canada, as well as outside of Canada including committees on antimicrobial resistance, Q fever, and a member of the Advisory Committee for the UN FAO-OIE Peste des Petits Ruminants Global Eradication Program, whose goal it is to eradicate this viral disease of sheep and goats from the world by 2030. She was also the Chair of the Ontario Small Ruminant Veterinary Conference held in June, 2019.