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Animal health is a cornerstone for pork farmers and the broader industry. Healthy pigs lead to increased productivity, higher quality products, and consumer trust. By prioritizing animal well-being, pork farmers foster sustainable growth, resilience, and prosperity for themselves and the entire pork industry.

View animal health projects supported by Swine Innovation Porc since 2010 in the factsheets below. 



Develop tools required to minimize losses to the swine industry in the event of an African swine fever (ASF) outbreak in North America

Aruna Ambagala, Canada Food Inspection Agency (et al.)

Status: Ongoing. Completed in 2021.


Towards the development of a method for determining the antimicrobial susceptibility of Brachyspira

Joseph Rubin, University of Saskatchewan

Status: Completed in 2018. 

Disease Control


Improved Biosecurity in the Canadian swine transport industry - Phase 3

Terry Fonstad, University of Saskatchewan (et al.)

Status: Completed in 2023.

Technology and Methodology Development for Improved Biosecurity in Livestock Transport Vehicles - Phase 2: Preliminary System Development and Data Acquisition

Terry Fonstad, University of Saskatchewan (et al.)

Status: Completed in 2018. 

Bio-exclusion and bio-containment strategies to control epidemics resulting from airborne viral and bacterial transmission

Caroline Duchaine, CRIUCPQ, associated with Laval University

Status: Completed in 2018. 

Use of tools related to molecular characterization, systemic analysis of stakeholders and geomatics for identification of principal vectors and contamination sources by bacteria and virus indicators at farm and slaughterhouse level

Anne Letellier, University of Montreal

Status: Completed in 2013. 

Disease Resiliency & Microbiome


Pig gut microbiome project - characterization of the core gut microbiome associated with pig health and performance: towards fecal diagnostics and microbiome therapy

Vahab Farzan, Andrew Van Kessel, Ben Willing (et al.)

Status: Completed in 2023.

New tools to enable effective genomic selection for disease resilience

Graham Plastow, University of Alberta

Status: Completed in 2018.



Dynamics of influenza infection in swine populations

Zvonimir Poljak, University of Guelph (et al.)

Status: Completed in 2018.

Development of a multiplex Luminex immunoassay for serologic diagnosis and subtyping of swine influenza virus (SIV) infections

Yohanes Berhane, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Status: Completed in 2018.


PED (Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea)

Survivability and infectivity of PED Virus in soil

Mario Tenuta, University of Manitoba

Status: Ongoing. Results expected in 2023.

Development of a rapid on-site diagnostic test for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus

David Alton, Aquila Diagnostic Systems

Status: Completed in 2018.


PRRS (Porcine Respiratory and Reproductive Syndrome)

Improvement of therapeutic and prophylactic measures against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus through the discovery of antiviral drugs and the use of antimycotoxins

Carl Gagnon, University of Montreal

Status: Completed in 2023.

Epidemiology of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv) among swine herds, an applied research program supporting PRRS control projects

Sylvie D'Allaire, University of Montreal

Status: Completed in 2018.

Strep. suis


Novel vaccine design as an alternative to antimicrobial use for preventing and controlling the swine and zoonotic agent Streptococcus suis

Marcelo Gottschalk, University of Montreal (et al.)

Status: Completed in 2023.

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