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About two thirds of the emergent diseases worldwide are zoonotic and 80% of them come from a wildlife origin.

"Facing global health problems with local integrated solutions"



One Health is a term describing an approach to solution of health problems. Most of the time, this is described in terms of principles and concepts, whereas we want to provide examples of how this concepts and principles are implemented into real world scenarios.  

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Our research has public outreach in different countries such as Canada, Italy, Switzerland and France. 

Echinococcosis in dogs in Alberta

Surveillance of Em in dog populations is crucial given their ability to act as sentinels for humans and contribute to the environmental contamination by this parasite.

The ecology of invasion of Echinococcus multilocularis

Echinococcus multilocularis, is a multiple-host tapeworm whose lifecycle involves rodents as intermediate hosts and canids including foxes and coyotes, as definitive hosts.

A One-Health approach to echinococcosis in Albertan dogs

By filling the current knowledge gaps in our understanding of the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of Alveolar Echinococcosis in Albertan dogs, it is our aim to reduce the risk of disease transmission to owners, their pets, and animal healthcare professionals.

Your participation is important!

Participation of veterinary clinics and hospitals is needed.

Why is this study relevant?

Alveolar Echinococcosis is an emergent infectious disease in North America.


We are a growing movement of people around the world who are working to understand the impact of zoonosis and emergent diseases in their local communities.

Marco is an academic and researcher of the Biological Sciences Department at the University of Calgary. His work evaluates anthropogenic impact on large wild terrestrial mammals throughout the Rocky Mountains and Foothills regions of Canada. He also participates as a reviewer and consultant for some conservation management projects.

Wildlife health ecologist interested in the ecology of parasitic transmission in wildlife, has been working on Echinococcus multilocularis eco-epidemiology in North America and Europe since 2009. He is the PI of the Echinococcosis in dogs project at University of Calgary.

Sylvia worked for the Food Safety Division of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, where she was a key member for a major livestock surveillance initiative - the Alberta Veterinary Surveillance Network (AVSN). Sylvia now works at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Calgary, where she leads the surveillance program in Environmental Microbiology.
Sylvia Checkley
Emily is the principal investigator of the Zoonotic Parasite Research Unit at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at University of Saskatchewan, where she teaches and researches veterinary parasitology and public health. Her work primarily focuses on zoonotic parasites.

Emily Jenkins
Veterinarian interested in wildlife health and disease ecology. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Calgary on a project studying the eco-epidemiology of Echinococcus multilocularis in red foxes and coyotes from western Canada. Her project aims to assess the genetic diversity and the distribution of the European strain of this parasite to understand the origin and spatial distribution of this strain in North America.
Alejandra Santa
He is an associate professor at the King's University of Edmonton, in Alberta. His primary research interest is the role that behaviour plays in ecological processes, in particular, how animals trade-off foraging reward and predation risk. He investigates these topics using the three pronged approach of developing theory, building models to test theory, and grounding these results using statistical analysis of field data.
Darcy Visscher
Emilie obtained a MSc degree at the University of Calgary where she estimated the prevalence of enteric Echinococcus multilocularis in domestic dogs living near city parks in Calgary, Alberta in 2012. She is now a key member in the research team that investigates the true prevalence and risk factors of E. multilocularis in dogs living in the urban centers of Alberta.

Emilie Toews

A joint venture with our partners