Western College of Veterinary Medicine


  • Program: MSc student
  • Supervisor: Dr. Matheus Costa, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
  • Home community: São Paulo, Brazil

Academic Credentials

• DVM, University of São Paulo
• MSc, Experimental Epidemiology Applied to Zoonosis, University of São Paulo

Bio Summary

Dr. Ana Norte is from São Paulo, Brazil. After working for a few years in retail shops, Dr. Norte decided to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine. During those years, she took many internships at animal production systems and slaughterhouses. She also completed an undergraduate research project about animal welfare and food labels.

After graduation, Dr. Norte worked with pharmaceutical companies as a technical consultant for five years. She then felt the need to further her studies which lead to the master's program at the Preventive Veterinary Medicine department at the University of São Paulo. Dr. Norte worked in the Molecular Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Resistance Lab with the phenotypic and genotypic characterization Streptococcus dysgalactiae in swine and bovine samples. 

Dr. Norte began a MSc program at the University of Saskatchewan in 2023. She is working as part of Dr. Matheus Costa’s lab with a focus on Streptococcus zooepidemicus infection in pigs.

Research Area(s)

Streptococcus equi subspecies zooepidemicus is a commensal bacterium typically found in the upper respiratory tract of a wide range of hosts, including swine.

However, disease outbreaks in sows and feeder pigs were reported in China in 1975, and more recently in the United States and Canada (2019). Clinical signs include fever, severe lethargy, nasal discharge, abortion and sudden death. The origin of the outbreak is unclear and there’s no commercial vaccine available.