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OVC Professor Among World’s Most Cited Researchers

Professor Stephen LeBlanc, Ontario Veterinary College, University of GueplhOntario Veterinary College (OVC) professor Stephen LeBlanc is one of two University of Guelph professors who have made the Web of Science Group’s Highly Cited Researchers list for 2019.

For the second year in a row, LeBlanc, in OVC’s Department of Population Medicine, and Merritt Turetsky, in the Department of Integrative Biology, College of Biological Science, have joined an elite group of global scholars who are among the top one per cent of researchers with the most citations in their field.

LeBlanc studies dairy cattle health and performance, particularly reproductive and metabolic health. He aims to improve livestock reproduction through disease prevention and treatment and by developing reproductive management programs. Working with colleagues at U of G and elsewhere, he integrates animal science, applied physiology and nutrition with veterinary medicine.

“It’s very gratifying to see that others working on dairy cow health and fertility find our work relevant and useful,” he said. “A lot of the highly cited work represents collaborations with my colleagues and mentors in other universities and is the result of the work of some of the exceptional graduate students whom I have worked with.”

His interdisciplinary research combines scientific rigour with direct applications in veterinary medicine, animal science and farming, he added.

“We’re excited by emerging concepts and tools that we are using to understand the interplay of metabolism, inflammation and the microbiome in reproductive health and fertility in dairy cows,” he said. “Cows are remarkable animals that can be likened to ‘metabolic athletes.’ We’re still learning about how to do even better in supporting their contributions to human nutrition and sustainable food production.”

LeBlanc graduated from OVC’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program in 1997, followed by a Doctor of Veterinary Science degree in 2001. After five years of private dairy veterinary practice, he joined the faculty at the University of Guelph where he teaches veterinary and agriculture students and provides clinical farm service. He is research program director–animal production systems at the U of G. He is past president of the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council and serves as a section editor for the Journal of Dairy Science.

This summer, LeBlanc, along with Profs. Todd Duffield and David Kelton in OVC’s Department of Population Medicine, and Trevor DeVries, Department of Animal Biosciences, Ontario Agricultural College, were among a select group of dairy researchers inducted into the Journal of Dairy Science (JDS) 100 Club, recognizing h their significant contributions to dairy research.

The 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list identifies more than 6,200 scientists and social scientists from 21 research fields and nearly 60 nations who produced multiple papers ranking in the top one per cent by citations, demonstrating significant research influence among their peers. The list is compiled through data analysis by experts at the Institute for Scientific Information at the Web of Science Group.

Read the entire article on the University of Guelph website.