Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Research Area(s)

  • Swine health


  • DVM, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil (2011)
  • PhD, University of Saskatchewan (2016)

Teaching and Clinical Areas

Dr. Costa is involved in teaching swine medicine, health and production. In parallel, he also provides clinical care with veterinarians and the industry in regards to swine production medicine.

Research Interests

Dr. Costa's research focuses broadly on investigating pathogen virulence mechanisms in order to develop approaches to mitigate disease and reduce antimicrobial usage. He is interested by the issues associated with antimicrobial resistance (AMR) across the animal-human interface, and how they pose challenges for sustainable food production, animal welfare, and public health. Worldwide, approximately 70 per cent of all antibiotics administered are used for livestock.

More recently, his research has focused at infectious diseases to which antibiotic treatment is the producer’s only option (e.g. swine dysentery and streptococcal meningitis).