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SHO

 About Us

Swine Health Ontario (SHO) is an industry-wide steering committee of seven individuals that are collaborating to improve and better coordinate the industry’s ability to prevent, prepare for and respond to serious swine health threats in Ontario.

SHOSwine Health Ontario (SHO) was formed in November of 2015, when Ontario Pork and the Ontario Pork Industry Council decided Ontario needed to form a leadership team to coordinate and align swine health management efforts into a long-term, proactive response strategy.

An industry-wide steering committee of seven individuals was developed to improve and better coordinate the industry’s ability to prevent, prepare for and respond to serious swine health threats in Ontario. With an emphasis on Ontario priorities first, SHO’s activities are visible and industry-led, with a producer focus and a continuous improvement philosophy.

Vision

Swine health excellence enables the Ontario industry to maintain a global competitive advantage.


Mission

Continuous improvement in swine health management through a proactive, practical and responsive plan that collaboratively engages the entire swine industry.

 Core Values

  • Coordination – effective co-ordination of activities and groups within the industry
  • Collaboration – promote collaboration among groups and organizations to achieve the overall vision and mission
  • Sustainability – long term, stable systems need to be in place
  • Simplicity and practicality – systems and solutions need to be simple and practical
  • Efficiency and cost-effectiveness – systems and programs need to be cost-effective
  • Continual improvement – strive to continually improve, Including a formal annual review process to benchmark progress and identify gaps
  • Engagement through education - build and communicate knowledge to facilitate engagement and effect positive change

Swine Health Ontario Leadership Team


Dr. Catherine Templeton

Dr. Catherine Templeton

DVM, Industry Representative

Dr. Catherine Templeton

Dr. Catherine Templeton

DVM, Industry Representative


Dr. Catherine Templeton earned a B. Sc. (Agr.) and a D.V.M. at the University of Guelph. Cathy went on to complete her MBA at Guelph in 2009. Cathy has extensive experience in both pork production management and swine health management. She established Maitland Swine Services in Listowel, Ontario and in 2010 Maitland Swine Services amalgamated with South West Ontario Veterinary Services. Cathy has served as President of the Ontario Association of Swine Veterinarians (OASV), a Director for the Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians (CASV) and as a CASV representative on the Research Committee of the Canadian Swine Health Board. She also is a member of the Ontario Swine Health Advisory Board.

Dr. Doug MacDougald

Dr. Doug MacDougald

DVM, OPIC Swine Health Advisory Board representative

Dr. Doug MacDougald

Dr. Doug MacDougald

DVM, OPIC Swine Health Advisory Board representative


Doug MacDougald, DVM is a veterinarian in South West Ontario Veterinary Services, a Swine Herd Health Management practice based in Ontario. Doug has focused throughout his career on production and health management with a broad knowledge of the economics of the pig industry. In addition to his role on Swine Health Ontario’s Leadership Team, he is also a director of the Stratford Perth Community Foundation, and sector chair of United Way of Perth-Huron.

Chris Cossitt

Chris Cossitt

Industry Representative

Chris Cossitt

Chris Cossitt

Industry Representative


Mark Yungblut

Mark Yungblut

Industry Representative

Mark Yungblut

Mark Yungblut

Industry Representative


After graduating from the University of Guelph in 1984 with a degree in Animal Science. Mark then went on to work for 2 years in the pork processing industry, followed by 5 years in Ag Extension, focusing on pig business. For the last 25 years, Mark has worked in the feed business for Molesworth Farm Supply, an independent mill that focuses on the swine Industry. He is currently the President of MFS and has been involved with and managed Synergy Swine since its inception in 1994.

Dr. Christa Arsenault

Dr. Christa Arsenault

DVM, OMAFRA Ex-Officio Representative

Dr. Christa Arsenault

Dr. Christa Arsenault

DVM, OMAFRA Ex-Officio Representative


Christa is the Lead Veterinarian for Provincial Biosecurity in the Animal Health and Welfare Branch, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Christa is the OMAFRA co-lead for the Ontario Animal Health Swine Network (OAHN). She has been involved in the swine industry since graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2006. She has worked in private practice, as well as with both the federal government working for Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and provincial government working for OMAFRA over the span of her career. She is currently the President of the Ontario Association of Swine Veterinarians (OASV).

Charlie Ossendryver

Charlie Ossendryver

Industry Representative

Charlie Ossendryver

Charlie Ossendryver

Industry Representative


Dr. Bethany Davidson-Eng

Dr. Bethany Davidson-Eng

Swine Health Ontario

Dr. Bethany Davidson-Eng

Dr. Bethany Davidson-Eng

Swine Health Ontario


Dr. Bethany Davidson-Eng received her Ph.D in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph in 2018, as well as her BES in Environment and Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo in 2013. Throughout her doctorate and postdoctoral work, Bethany focused on the relationship between producers’ management practices and soil health in Ontario and Brazil production systems. Bethany became a Professional Agrologist in 2018 and was subsequently elected to the Ontario Institute of Agrologist’s Board of Directors and as the President of the Guelph Branch.

Andrea De Groot

Andrea De Groot

Ontario Pork Industry Council

Andrea De Groot

Andrea De Groot

Ontario Pork Industry Council


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Ken Ovington

Ken Ovington

Ontario Pork

Ken Ovington

Ken Ovington

Ontario Pork


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