Applied epidemiology, defined as "the application or practice of epidemiology as used to address issues of public or animal health," has been identified as the prime focus of teaching and research at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine on the University of Saskatchewan campus.

The WCVM's Centre for Applied Epidemiology was formed:

  • to showcase applied epidemiologic research
  • to promote learning opportunities here at the University of Saskatchewan.

The main goals of applied epidemiology are:

  • to monitor and describe the distribution of health-related outcomes in populations
  • to study particular risk factors for the development of a health-related outcome
  • to evaluate the effectiveness or impact of an intervention, health program or policy
  • to synthesize results of etiologic studies across disciplines to assess disease causation 
  • to communicate epidemiologic findings effectively to policy makers and the public.

About Us


  • Dr. Tasha Epp, Associate Professor – Zoonoses and Epidemiology, Large Animal Clinical Sciences, WCVM, U of S

Assistant Director

  • Dr. Sarah Parker, Research Associate - LACS, WCVM, U of S

Other Members

  • Dr. John Campbell, Professor - LACS, WCVM U of S
  • Dr. Cheryl Waldner, Professor - LACS, WCVM, U of S
  • Dr. Hugh Townsend, Professor Emeritus - LACS, WCVM, U of S
  • Dr. Tasha Epp, Associate Professor - LACS, WCVM, U of S
  • Dr. Murray Jelinski, Professor - LACS, WCVM, U of S. Alberta Chair in Beef Cattle Health and Production Medicine 
  • Dr. Sheryl Gow, Epidemiologist - Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (CIPARS)
  • Dr. Joanne Tataryn, Epidemiologist - Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Outbreak Management Division, Centre for Food-borne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases


Graduate training in epidemiology

Epidemiology-focused training and research studies for graduates, Masters of Veterinary Science (with a clinical residency), Masters of Science, and Doctorates of Philosophy occurs at the WCVM through various faculty in the LACS department. Projects cover a wide range of topics including animal health, public health and wildlife/environmental health.

The University of Saskatchewan is preparing to take bold new steps in the study and control of disease in animal health with a new Master of Science degree program in field epidemiology.

The Centre offers a select number of workshops every year. These workshops focus on applied aspects of research, such as data management, diagnostic testing and outbreak investigation.


Under Development

Members of the Centre currently have ongoing research projects.

Canadian Cow Calf Survelliance Network (C3SN)


Community Dog Book



The Disease Investigation Unit (DIU) is a long-established unit within the Large Animal Clinical Sciences (LACS) department. The DIU supports private veterinary practitioners in addressing complex and unusual animal health situations. It also enables the livestock industry to respond early and to reduce the economic impact of possible foreign animal disease incursions, emerging livestock disease or food safety crises.

Disease Investigation Unit:



Under Development

Contact Us

Centre for Applied Epidemiology
Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
52 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK   S7N 5B4

Dr. Tasha Epp, Director
Sarah Parker, Assistant Director