OVC Professor Recognized For Distinguished Research Career


January 04, 2022

Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) professor Dr. Jan Sargeant has been recognized as an inaugural fellow of the Conference of Research Works in Animal Diseases (CRWAD) for her distinguished research in the fields of veterinary science, epidemiology and food safety.

Sargeant, a professor in OVC’s Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph, is a veterinary scientist, epidemiologist and food safety expert who has been recognized as a global leader of systematic reviews and of research reporting guidelines in animal health, animal welfare and food safety.

Her work focuses on zoonoses, diseases transmitted from animals to people, and microbial food safety, with particular interest in enhancing accessible and transparent animal research results, improving quality of information for therapeutic decision-making as well as data use in risk assessment and disease modelling.

CRWAD fellows are honored for their outstanding research in the areas of animal health and disease, population health and translational medicine, for their fundamental discoveries and innovative applied research, significant contributions to scientific literature, ability to communicate and interpret science to stakeholders and the public, and mentoring of young research scientists.

“I have been attending the CRWAD conference since I began my first faculty appointment,” Sargeant shares. “It is an excellent forum for networking and I have met many of my research collaborators at this meeting. Over the years, most of my graduate students have given their first scientific presentation at this meeting. Therefore, it is really an honour to have been selected as an Inaugural Fellow of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases.”

Sargeant is also a Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) fellow and was recently interviewed as part of the CAHS Dialogue Series. Her dialogue titled "Pastures, pouches, and pandemics: The contributions of veterinarians to a healthy society", can be viewed at this link.

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