Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Research Area(s)

  • Parasitology, zoonotic diseases

Academic Credentials

  • PhD, Veterinary Microbiology, University of Saskatchewan
  • DVM, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
  • BSc Hon, Zoology, University of Alberta

Current affiliations:

  • Head, Zoonotic Parasite Research Unit, Department of Veterinary Microbiology
  • Canadian representative, International Arctic Science Committee Terrestrial Working Group
  • Chair, Wildlife Health Research Fund, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Outgoing Chair, Northern Studies Committee, University of Saskatchewan
  • Associate member, School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan
  • Affiliate member, Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative

Research Interests

  • Detection, characterization, and epidemiological investigation of zoonotic diseases (especially parasitoses).
  • Impact of climate change on ecology of diseases at the interface of public and animal health.
  • Current and emerging risks to food security and safety, especially country food security and safety in Canada's North.


Selected Publications:

Sharma, P. Thompson, E. Hoberg, B. Scandrett, K. Konecsni, N.J. Harms, P. Kukka, T. Jung, B. Elkin, R. Mulders, N. Larter, M. Branigan, J. Pongracz, B. Wagner, P. Kafle, V. Lobanov, B. Rosenthal, and E. Jenkins. 2020. Hiding in plain sight: discovery and phylogeography of a cryptic species of Trichinella(Nematoda: Trichinellidae) in wolverine (Gulo gulo). International Journal for Parasitology 50: 277-287. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpara.2020.01.003

E. Jenkins, A. Backwell, J. Bellaw, J. Colpitts, A. Liboiron, D. McRuer, S. Medill, S. Parker, T. Shury, M. Smith, C. Tschritter, B. Wagner, J. Poissant, and P. McLoughlin. 2020. Not playing by the rules: unusual patterns in the epidemiology of parasites in a natural population of feral horses (Equus caballus) on Sable Island, Canada. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 11: 183-190. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijppaw.2020.02.002


N. Bachand, A. Ravel, P. Leighton, C. Stephen, M. Ndao, E. Avard, E. Jenkins. 2019. Serological and molecular detection of Toxoplasma gondiiin terrestrial and marine wildlife harvested for food in Nunavik, Canada.Parasites and Vectors 12: article 155. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13071-019-3408-9

P. Deplazes, L Rinaldi, CA Alvarez Rojas, PR Torgerson, MF Harandi, T Romig, D Antolova, JM Schurer, S Lahmar, G Cringoli, J Magambo, RCA Thompson, EJ Jenkins. 2017.  Global distribution of alveolar and cystic echinococcosis.  Advances in Parasitology 95: 315-493 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/bs.apar.2016.11.001


S.A. Elmore, K.P. Huyvaert, L.L. Bailey, A. Iqbal, C. Su, B.R. Dixon, R.T. Alisauskas, A.A. Gajadhar, and E.J.Jenkins. 2016. Multi-scale occupancy approach to estimate Toxoplasma gondii prevalence and detection probability in tissues: an application and guide for field sampling. International Journal for Parasitology 46 (9): 563-570. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpara.2016.04.003

J.M. Schurer, C. McKenzie, C. Okemow, A. Viveros-Guzman, H. Beatch, E.J. Jenkins. 2015. Who let the dogs out? Communicating First Nations perspectives on a canine veterinary intervention through digital storytelling. Ecohealth 12(4): 592-601.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10393-015-1055-y

E.J. Jenkins, A. Simon, N. Bachand, C. Stephen. 2015. Wildlife parasites in a One Health world. Trends in Parasitology 31(5): 174-180. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pt.2015.01.002

E.J. Jenkins, L. Castrodale, S. de Rosemond, B. Dixon, S. Elmore, K. Gesy, E. Hoberg, L. Polley, J. Schurer, M. Simard, and R.C.A. Thompson.  2013. Tradition and transition: Parasitic zoonoses of people and animals in Alaska, northern Canada, and Greenland.  Advances in Parasitology 82: 33-204. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-407706-5.00002-2