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Dr. Cheryl Waldner PhD, DVM Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences & NSERC/Beef Cattle Research Council Industrial Research Chair in One Health & Production Limiting Diseases

Research focus: health and productivity of beef herds in Western Canada, antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use

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WCVM 2407

Selected Focus Areas: Beef Cattle and Research Methods

Dr. Waldner has more than 240 peer-reviewed publications (>5500 citations) as well as an h-index of 38 and an i10-index of 129 (view Dr. Waldner's Google Scholar link). More than 100 publications deal directly with issues in beef cattle.

Please click the green button (below) to review a selection of Dr. Waldner's research publications in a range of categories.

Profile

Dr. Cheryl Waldner is actively involved in research examining factors affecting the productivity of beef herds in Western Canada. She is particularly interested in evidence to inform tools for the management of antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance, but has been working on developing tools for the surveillance of the health and productivity in beef herds since 1990.

Dr. Waldner holds an NSERC/Beef Cattle Research Council Industrial Research Chair in One Health and Production Limiting Diseases, and also leads the Genomic ASSETS for Livestock Project funded by Genome Canada's Large Scale Applied Research Program.

Dr. Waldner has completed numerous projects examining neonatal disease in beef calves, the prevention and control of infectious diseases such as BVDV, bovine genital campylobacteriosis, trichomoniasis, and neospora. She has also examined the effects of vaccination, body condition score, trace mineral and vitamin nutrition on reproductive performance in cow-calf herds.

In addition, Dr. Waldner has a broad transdisciplinary research focus including environmental and infectious disease epidemiology in humans and animals, and the application of innovative tools such as advanced Bayesian statistical models, Bayesian risk assessment, spatial statistical and predictive modeling, agent-based and discreet event dynamic simulation models, and big data sources including smart phone technology to addressing One Health questions.

She and her husband own and operate a small commercial cow-calf herd west of Saskatoon, Sask.

Leadership and Presentations

Dr. Waldner was appointed as the NSERC/Beef Cattle Research Council Industrial Research Chair in One Health and Production Limiting Diseases in January 2020. 

She also serves on the Beef Health Management Committee for the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.

In 2016, Dr. Waldner was appointed as co-chair of the AMR Research and Innovation Task Group for development of the pan-Canadian frame work and then action plan on antimicrobial resistance, Public Health Agency of Canada and CIHR.

Dr. Waldner has delivered more than 100 invited talks at regional, national and international scientific meetings and three full-day invited workshops on statistical and GIS modelling.

She has also given numerous invited community extension presentations on cow-calf productivity and health issues and provides extension services for disease outbreak investigations.

Key Awards

  • 2015 Provost’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching, University of Saskatchewan
  • 2015 John Snow Award, Saskatchewan Epidemiology Association
  • 2011 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association award (for contributions to large animal medicine)
  • 2009 University of Saskatchewan New Researcher Award
  • 2005 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Education

  • 1999 PhD, Epidemiology — Large Animal Clinical Sciences, University of Saskatchewan

  • 1988 DVM, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Waldner obtained her DVM and PhD from the University of Saskatchewan. Before joining the faculty she was a consulting cow-calf veterinarian in central Alberta.

Employment/Affiliations

  • 2015: Interim Associate Executive Director, School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan
  • 2008-2017: Joint member, School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan
  • 2007-present: Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, University of Saskatchewan
  • 2003-07: Associate Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, University of Saskatchewan
  • 1999-03: Assistant Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, University of Saskatchewan
  • 1990-1999: Private veterinary consultant (beef and dairy outbreak investigation/herd management/surveillance), Alberta

Research Funding

During her research career, Dr. Waldner has contributed to successful grants totaling over $26.6 million. She was principal investigator (PI) for over $18.3 million.

Selected recent examples:

  • Waldner, C. 2020. NSERC/Beef Cattle Research Council Industrial Research Chair in One Health and Production Limiting Diseases, $2.35 million. More information can be found on the BCRC site.  
  • Waldner, C., Otto, S., et al. 2019. Genomic ASSETS (Antimicrobial Stewardship Systems from Evidence-based Treatment Strategies) for Livestock. Genome Canada, $5.6 million.  2019-2023. Find out more about this project on the Genomic ASSETS for Livestock Website.
  • Waldner, C., Larson, K., Campbell, J., 2019. An Interactive Tool to Inform Johne’s Disease Control in Beef Herds: What Test, When and How Often. Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund, $85,200. 2019-2022.
  • Campbell, J., Waldner, C., Trokhymchuk, A., 2019. Treatment guidance for bovine respiratory disease: Optimizing prudent and economical antimicrobial decision making. Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund, $348,000. 2019-2022.
  • Waldner, C., 2018. An interactive tool to inform Johne’s disease control in beef herds: what test, when and how often? & Managing calves before arrival at the feedlot to reduce infectious disease, antimicrobial use and resistance: what is it worth? Alberta Beef Producers and Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, $9775. 2018-2019.
  • Campbell, J., Waldner, C., Trokhymchuk, A., 2018. Treatment guidance for bovine respiratory disease: Optimizing prudent and economical antimicrobial decision making. Alberta Beef Producers and Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, $23,000. 2019-2022.
  • Erickson, N., Ellis, J., Gow, S., Waldner, C., 2018. Comparison of immune response and respiratory disease sparing effect of homologous and heterologous vaccine programs in neonatal calves. Alberta Beef Producers and Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, $34,500. 2019-2022.
  • Campbell, J., Waldner, C., Parker, S., et al. 2018. The Canadian Cow-Calf Surveillance Network. Beef Cattle Research Council, $1,624,231. 2018-2023.
  • Lardner, B., Wood, K., Erickson, N., Waldner,C.,et al., 2017. Alternative trace mineral supplementation strategies for improved cow performance. Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, $30,000. 2018-2020.
  • Bharadwaj, L., Waldner, C., Osgood, N., et al., 2017. Agent Based Modeling as a tool to Investigate Comprehensive Indigenous Health Impacts of Flooding. Global Water Futures Program. $350,000. 2017-2020.
  • Waldner, C. Big data for infectious disease surveillance and the potential contribution to the investigation of foodborne disease in Canada: An overview and discussion paper. National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases. University of Manitoba. $11,000. 2017.
  • Waldner, C., Osgood, N., Stanley, K., Martin, W., Liu, J., Neudorf, C., Bell, S. Exploring New Technologies to Support Investigation of Foodborne Disease. Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), $39,800, 2015-2016.
  • Checkley, S., Waldner, C., Gow, S. Project No. 2015E017R, 2015. Integrating Surveillance & Research to Address Emerging Threats from Antimicrobial Resistance to the Sustainability of Livestock Production and Human Health. Alberta Livestock and Meat Producers, $125,000, 2015-2017.
  • Hill, J., Harding, J., Waldner, C., Surveillance, diagnostics and control of emerging diseases of pigs and cattle. Saskatchewan Pork Development Board/Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada AgriInnovation Program: Industry Led Research and Development Stream, $261,498 (Waldner portion $74,000) 2014-2016.
  • Waldner, C., Campbell, J., Jelinski, M., Parker, S., 2014. Project 20140189 - Optimizing calving outcomes in cow-calf herds through more effective management of micronutrient supplementation programs. Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture – Agriculture Development Fund (ADF), $199,999, 2015-2016.
  • Waldner, C., Jelinski, M., Parker, S., 2014. File #ANH.10.14 - Optimizing calving outcomes in cow-calf herds through more effective management of micronutrient supplementation programs. Alberta Beef Producers, $24,955, 2015-2017.
  • Hendrick, S., Waldner, C.L., 2013. Managing Vibriosis in Beef Herds. Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Funds, $90,000.
  • Waldner, C.L., 2013. Controlling reproductive disease in beef cattle: Evaluating the effect of transport time and sample pooling on real time PCR assay for Bovine Genital Campylobacteriosis. Alberta Beef Producers, $20,000.
  • Campbell, J., Waldner, C., Jelinski, M., Hendrick, S., Stookey, J., Penner, G., Janzen, E. 2012. Implementation of a longitudinal disease surveillance network for cow-calf operations in western Canada, Beef Cattle Research Council, $919,100, 2013-2017.
  • Singh, B., Gerdts, V., Gordon, J.R., Misra, V., Potter, A.A., Townsend, H.G.G., Waldner, C.L., Weingarti, H., Phillips, P., Reeder, B.A.R., CREATE for Protecting the Health of Canadians: Integrated Training Program in Infectious Disease, Food Safety, and Public Policy, NSERC CREATE (Collaborative Research Training Experience ) Program, $300,000 per year, 2013-2017.
  • Bharadwaj, L., Waldner, C., et al. 2012. Phase II funding for the Safe Water for Health Research Team, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, $299,140, 2013-2016.
  • Waldner, C., Bharadwaj, L. et al. Water Regulations: Impact on First Nations Health Equity and Promotion. Operating Grant: Population Health Intervention Research (Fall 2010 Competition), Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), $147,900, 2011-2013.

Research Supervision

Dr. Waldner has supervised or co-supervised the following: 

  • fourteen PhD students (ten successfully defended, four in progress)
  • seven MSc students (three successfully defended, four in progress)
  • four postdoctoral fellows (two complete, two in progress)
  • one MPH thesis student (complete)
  • eight MPH non-thesis students (all complete)
  • six research associates (complete)
  • numerous summer students (complete)

Dr. Waldner has also participated in 30 master's program student committees and 17 PhD program committees.