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Tasha Epp Associate Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Research Area(s)

  • Epidemiology of zoonotic diseases

Academic Credentials

  • DVM, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 2000
  • PhD, Large Animal Clinical Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, 2007

Her PhD work, which focused on the epidemiology of West Nile virus in Saskatchewan horses, has evolved to a focus on more of the human aspects of WNv in Saskatchewan.

Research Interests

Dr. Epp's current research interests include continued work on modeling West Nile virus in the Canadian Prairies and the epidemiology of zoonotic diseases of companion animals, particularly as it regards northern rural, remote or First Nations communities. She is involved in a research group that focuses on water research as it pertains to First Nations communities in Saskatchewan. She also has a continued interest in the application of spatial epidemiology techniques in a variety of animal disease situations. 

In addition, Dr. Epp has been involved in an extensive scoping review that assessed evidence for risks for dog bites, health-related impacts of dog bites and dog bite prevention or dog population management effects on occurrence of dog bites. As part of the project, the team has developed the Community Dog Workbook, based on years of experience and discussions with many communities struggling with dog populations or dog-related issues.

For more information, click on the green button to visit Dr. Epp's research website that focuses on "dog population management in the community."



    • T. Epp, S. Parker, 2009. Factors in foodborne disease control: a brief overview of issues in changing zoonotic disease transmission and the roles of public health and veterinary professionals. Journal of Agromedicine: practice, policy and research, 14:228-234.
    • T. Epp, C. Waldner, C Argue, 2010. Case-control study investigating an anthrax outbreak in Saskatchewan, Canada, Summer 2006. Canadian Veterinary Journal, 51:973-978.
    • T. Epp, C. Argue, C. Waldner, O. Berke, 2010. Spatial Analysis of an Anthrax Outbreak in Saskatchewan, 2006. Canadian Veterinary Journal; 51:743-748.
    • T. Epp, S. Waldner, J. Wright, P. Curry, H.G. Townsend, A. Potter,  2010. Characterizing the Acceptability of a Vaccine for West Nile virus by Public Health Practitioners. Vaccine; 28:3423-3427. DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2010.02.075.
    • C. Himsworth, BT. Elkin, JS. Nishi, T Epp, KP. Lyashchenko, O Surujballi, C Turcotte, J Esfandiari, R Greenwald, FA, 2010. Leighton. Comparison of test performance and evaluation of novel immunoassays for tuberculosis in a captive herd of wood bison naturally infected with Mycobacterium bovis. Journal of Wildlife Diseases; 46 (1):78-86.
    • T. Epp, C. Waldner, O. Berke, 2009. Predicting geographical human risk of West Nile virus; Saskatchewan, 2003 and 2007. Canadian Journal of Public Health; 100 (5):344-348.  
  • T. Epp, C. Waldner, R. Corrigan, and P. Curry, 2008. Public Health use of surveillance for WNV in Horses: Saskatchewan, 2003-2005. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases; 55: 411-416. (Published online: August 29, 2008).
  • T. Epp, C. Waldner, K. West and H. Townsend, 2007. Factors associated with West Nile virus disease fatalities in horses. Canadian Veterinary Journal, 48: 1137-1145. 
  • T. Epp, C. Waldner and H.G.G. Townsend, 2007. A case control study of factors associated with development of clinical disease due to West Nile virus, Saskatchewan, 2003. Equine Veterinary Journal, 39(6): 496-503. 
  • T. Epp, C. Waldner, F.A. Leighton, O. Berke, H.G.G. Townsend, 2007. Seroprevalence and risk factors for infection with West Nile virus in Saskatchewan horses, 2003. Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research71(4): 256-263.
  • R. Corrigan, C. Waldner, T. Epp, J. Wright, S. Whitehead, H. Bangura, E Young and H. Townsend, 2006. Prediction of human cases of West Nile virus by equine cases, Saskatchewan, Canada, 2003. Preventative Veterinary Medicine76: 263-272.
  • R. Mainer-Jaime, P. Litgh-Pereira, T. Epp and C. Waldner, 2005. The application of spatial analysis tools in small-ruminant brucellosis eradication programs in Northern Spain. International Journal of Applied Research in Veterinary Medicine, 3(3): 179-188.