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John McDermottPresent

Dr. John McDermott is a Canadian veterinary epidemiologist. He obtained his PhD from the University of Guelph and was a member of the Department of Population medicine from 1989 to 2009. He was appointed Deputy Director General/Director of Research at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Kenya in 2003. Prior to his employment with the ILRI, Dr. McDermott worked with the institute coordinating research projects regarding epidemiology and control of infectious diseases that would benefit farmers and other poor areas in the world. He has spent much of his professional career in Africa and has witnessed how livestock can heavily improve the vulnerability of poor rural farmers from drought and civil unrest. McDermott promotes research on the treatment and prevention of common livestock ailments as the care and maintenance of healthy animals provides financial security for the individuals he assists.


The allergic airway disease, also known as equine asthma, is one of the most common respiratory diseases that affect racehorses. Researchers at the OVC believe that rhinovirus - a group of viruses that includes the one responsible for the common cold in humans - stimulates the immune system, which may lead to the development of allergic reactions to particles entering horses' lungs. Symptoms include spasms and airway constriction in the lungs, inflammation, coughing and reduced oxygen intake. A vaccine is currently under research and development and, if successful, many horses around the world will be spared the annoyance of a common equine cold. More importantly, they could avoid a potentially debilitating disease.


PresentAllan King

Dr. Allan King is a professor in the department of biomedical sciences at the OVC and a Canada Research Chair in animal reproductive biotechnology. His research recently caught international attention when he and his colleagues discovered that thyroid hormone supplementation improves bovine embryo development in vitro. Adding thyroid hormone after the fertilization of eggs improved the efficiency and quality of embryos in artificial insemination. King and his team of researchers, which includes Dr. F.A. Ashkar, Dr. E. Semple, Dr. C. Schmidt, Dr. E. St. John, and Dr. P.M. Bartlewski hope to apply their research findings to humans.




Dr. Keith Bettridge has taken a special interest in the historical aspects of reproductive biology and understanding the interactions between the early embryo and mother in horses. This understanding is essential to the maintenance of pregnancy in mares. In addition, some of his publications have included topics such as embryo recovery methods in cattle and changes and progress in embryo technology in farm animals. His research involves advanced and innovative surgical embryo technology in farm animals.