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Pratap Kafle Andrea Hanke Naima Jutha Filip Rakic
Matilde Tomaselli Alejandro Aleuy Juliette Di Francesco
Tessa Baker Priya Subbarayan Jeffrey Tyrrell

Pratap Kafle

Pratap Kafle

Pratap is a veterinarian from Nepal. After completing Bachelor in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc & A.H) from Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 2011, Pratap worked as a field veterinarian in livestock and poultry sector. His work experience includes working as a regional technical manager of a poultry feed company, veterinary officer in a livestock health and research center and a laboratory head of a private poultry clinic. Born in a rural hilly region and raised mostly in southern plain of Nepal, Pratap spent his early days in a close proximity with nature, mostly forests and wildlife, which eventually inspired him to pursue higher studies in veterinary science. Mainly during undergraduate study, he was motivated to continue his education and research in the field of wildlife ecology and management, not only because of his keen interest in the field but also due to the fact that, Nepal being considered one of the most vulnerable ecosystems to bear impacts of climate change, studies focusing climate change impacts in wildlife has been a negligible practice. He joined university of Calgary in May, 2013 as Dr Kutz's student to work on the project related to muskox health and climate change impacts. His PhD project studies the ecology of Host-Parasite interactions in the changing Arctic, focusing in muskox-lungworm system. Pratap likes to explore, travel, watch sports and play country music in his guitars.
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Publications

Kafle, P., Leclerc, L.-M., Anderson, M., Davison, T., Lejeune, M., & Kutz, S. (2017). Morphological keys to advance the understanding of protostrongylid biodiversity in caribou (Rangifer spp.) at high latitudes. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, In press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijppaw.2017.08.009

Kafle, P., Sullivan, J., Verocai, G. G., & Kutz, S. J. (2017). Experimental Life-Cycle of Varestrongylus eleguneniensis (Nematoda: Protostrongylidae) in a captive Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) and a Muskox (Ovibos moschatus moschatus). Journal of Parasitology, 103(5). https://doi.org/10.1645/17-19

Kafle, P., Lejeune, M., Verocai, G. G., Hoberg, E. P., & Kutz, S. J. (2015). Morphological and morphometric differentiation of dorsal-spined first stage larvae of lungworms (Nematoda: Protostrongylidae) infecting muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus) in the central Canadian Arctic. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, 4(3), 283–290.

Kafle, P., Sedai, D., Rai, K. P., & Pokharel, B. B. (2014). Study on the Level of Aflatoxin M1 Contamination in Raw and Processed Milk Marketed in Kathmandu Valley. Journal of Food Science and Technology Nepal, 7(0), 52–56. https://doi.org/10.3126/jfstn.v7i0.10598

Matilde Tomaselli

MatildeTomaselli

Matilde is a veterinarian from Italy. During her academic career she developed a great interest in wildlife disease ecology and wildlife conservation medicine, attending specific courses both at the University of Milan, where she graduated in 2009, and both at the University of Las Palmas (Spain) as an exchange student. After the DVM degree she continued professional development in both marine and land wildlife. Her first work experience was at the Oceanografic Park of Valencia (Spain),then she collaborated with the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center of Linosa island (Italy). Matilde is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UofC, supervised by Dr. Sylvia Chekley and co-supervised by Dr. Susan Kutz. Matilde's project is about Muskox disease Ecology, Epidemiology and Public Health.
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Publications

Kutz, S., Rowell, J., Adamczewski, J., Gunn, A., Cuyler, C., Aleuy, O. A., … Ytrehus, B. (2017). Muskox Health Ecology Symposium 2016: Gathering to Share Knowledge on Umingmak in a Time of Rapid Change. ARCTIC, 70(2), 225–236.

Di Francesco, J., Navarro-Gonzalez, N., Wynne-Edwards, K., Peacock, S., Leclerc, L.-M., Tomaselli, M., … Kutz, S. (2017). Qiviut cortisol in muskoxen as a potential tool for informing conservation strategies. Conservation Physiology, 5(1). https://doi.org/10.1093/conphys/cox052

Tomaselli, M., Dalton, C., Duignan, P. J., Kutz, S., van der Meer, F., Kafle, P., … Checkley, S. (2016). Contagious Ecthyma, Rangiferine Brucellosis, and Lungworm Infection in a Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) from the Canadian Arctic, 2014. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 52(3), 719–724. https://doi.org/10.7589/2015-12-327

Tessa Baker

Tessa Baker

Tessa completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 2010. After graduation, she practiced for more than 3 years as a rural mixed animal veterinarian in Rocky Mountain House (RMH), Alberta. Between working in mixed animal practice in RMH and small animal practice in Calgary, she spent time volunteering with Vets Without Borders in Laos on a number of village based projects, including a poultry vaccination program and a dog and cat rabies vaccination campaign. After 2 and a half years in small animal practice in Calgary, Tessa is pursuing her interest in global health through a masters project in the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health at the University of Calgary, supervised by Drs Susan Kutz and Melanie Rock. Her research will focus on the interactions between dogs and people in a number of Aboriginal communities in the Northwest Territories and the impact of subsidized annual veterinary clinics on both animal and community health.
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Andrea Hanke

Andrea Hanke

Andrea is from Ontario. Her passion for the outdoors lead her to pursue studies at Lakehead University with the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism, where she participated in various field courses including a cycling expedition from Thunder Bay to Minneapolis and a sailing expedition along the north shore of Lake Superior. Along with her HBOR degree, Andrea completed a BSc in Natural Science. Her undergraduate thesis reviewed moose management strategies for disease control in Ontario and Minnesota. As a perfect segue from her undergraduate exposure, Andrea is now pursuing a MSc at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Susan Kutz. Her project focuses on traditional knowledge to help establish a baseline of health for the Dolphin and Union caribou herd as well as building capacity in the north.
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Alejandro Aleuy

Alejandro Aleuy

Ale is a wildlife veterinarian from Chile with a strong interest in wildlife disease ecology. After his graduation, Ale worked as the head veterinarian in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center from Universidad Austral de Chile. Also, during this period he was involved in several projects related with wildlife diseases and wildlife conservation. Ale obtained his Master in Preventive Veterinary Medicine at the University of California Davis in 2013. For his PhD, Ale aims to contribute to the knowledge of climate change impacts on host-parasite interactions by developing and refining predictive models based on metabolic theory of ecology. He will be using the nematode Marshallagia marshalli as a model to investigate the interaction between local thermal adaptation of parasites and climate change. Also, he is exploring the impact of M. marshalli in fitness indicators in Dall's sheep.
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Publications

Gallardo, R. A., Aleuy, O. A., Pitesky, M., Sentíes-Cué, G., Abdelnabi, A., Woolcock, P. R., … Toro, H. (2016). Variability Assessment of California Infectious Bronchitis Virus Variants. Avian Diseases, 60(2), 424–429. https://doi.org/10.1637/11294-100615-Reg

Franchi, V., Aleuy, O. A., & Tadich, T. A. (2016). Fur chewing and other abnormal repetitive behaviors in chinchillas (Chinchilla lanigera), under commercial fur-farming conditions. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 11, 60–64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jveb.2015.10.002

Salgado, M., Aleuy, O. A., Sevilla, I. A., Troncoso, E., Salgado, M., Aleuy, O. A., … Troncoso, E. (2015). Detection of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis in a cattle/pudu interface. Arquivo Brasileiro de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, 67(5), 1205–1209. https://doi.org/10.1590/1678-4162-7530

Aleuy, O. A., Manríquez, M., Jiménez, R., Arnés, V., & Noro, M. (2013). Hematologic values and blood biochemistry of anesthetized pudu (Pudu puda) in a semi-captive population. Comparative Clinical Pathology, 22(3), 529–533. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00580-013-1700-1

Henning, B. C., Gómez, M. A., Mieres, L. M., Freeman, L., Herzberg, D. E., & Aleuy, O. A. (2012). Anatomical study of the gastrointestinal tract of a pudu (Pudu puda) using contrast-enhanced abdominal computed tomography. Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia, 41(2), 106–112. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1439-0264.2011.01108.x

Silva-Rodríguez, E. A., Alejandro Aleuy, O., Fuentes-Hurtado, M., Vianna, J. A., Vidal, F., & Jiménez, J. E. (2011). Priorities for the conservation of the pudu (Pudu puda) in southern South America. Animal Production Science, 51(4), 375–377.

Silva-Rodríguez, E. A., Verdugo, C., Aleuy, O. A., Sanderson, J. G., Ortega-Solís, G. R., Osorio-Zúñiga, F., & González-Acuña, D. (2010). Evaluating mortality sources for the Vulnerable pudu Pudu puda in Chile: implications for the conservation of a threatened deer. Oryx, 44(1), 97–103. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0030605309990445

Naima Jutha

Naima Jutha

Naima is a veterinarian from Ontario, Canada. She completed her BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Guelph in 2011 and her DVM at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2015. During her veterinary schooling, Naima had the opportunity to participate in a number of externships in the wildlife field, gaining exposure to local species and management practices in western and southern Africa, British Columbia, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. She has since been working in small animal general practice on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Her interests in wildlife health and her passion for working with people and communities motivated Naima to pursue graduate studies at the University of Calgary under the joint supervision of Dr. Susan Kutz and Dr. Helen Schwantje. She will be starting her MSc in the Fall, focusing on conducting a caribou health assessment in the Arctic and Northwestern British Columbia using biological data from harvested animals and local knowledge from different land users.
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Juliette Di Francesco

Juliette Di Francesco

Juliette is a veterinarian from France. She graduated as a DVM at the Veterinary School of Alfort in France. During her Veterinary curriculum, she carried out several internships in South-East Asia and studied the emergence of zoonotic diseases transmitted by pigs in Asia. She then completed an MSc in Epidemiology and Public Health at the Pasteur-Cnam School in Paris, France, and conducted her master research project on the comparison of the dynamics of Japanese Encephalitis between rural and peri-urban settings in Cambodia, at the Pasteur Institute of Cambodia. She is currently a PhD student at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary, supervised by Dr. Susan Kutz. Juliette's project focuses on assessing if stress hormones can serve as a reliable tool to monitor muskox health.
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Publications

Di Francesco, J., Navarro-Gonzalez, N., Wynne-Edwards, K., Peacock, S., Leclerc, L.-M., Tomaselli, M., … Kutz, S. (2017). Qiviut cortisol in muskoxen as a potential tool for informing conservation strategies. Conservation Physiology, 5(1). https://doi.org/10.1093/conphys/cox052

Duong, V., Choeung, R., Gorman, C., Laurent, D., Crabol, Y., Mey, C., … Dussart, P. (2017). Isolation and full-genome sequences of Japanese encephalitis virus genotype I strains from Cambodian human patients, mosquitoes and pigs. Journal of General Virology, 98(9), 2287–2296. https://doi.org/10.1099/jgv.0.000892

Priya Subbarayan

Priya Subbarayan

Priya is a veterinarian from the United States. After completing her BSc in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech in 2010, Priya completed a number of internships focused on wildlife husbandry and management, research, rehabilitation, and release. In 2018, Priya graduated with her DVM from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Priya practiced small animal veterinary medicine in Savannah, Georgia with the intention of returning to wildlife medicine after solidifying her clinical skills. Priya will be starting her MSc in the summer, focusing on hoof and jaw abnormalities in muskox and identifying possible causes and impacts of these abnormalities.
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Jeffrey Tyrrell

Jeffrey Tyrrell

Jeffrey is a veterinarian from the United States. He attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University, where he focused his studies on wildlife and zoological medicine and also cultivated a particular interest in vector-borne disease. He has joined the Kutz Research Lab to pursue a PhD in Veterinary Medical Sciences through investigation of emerging insect-borne parasites of barrenground caribou. Jeffrey previously spent seven years in California, working as an associate attorney on commercial real estate transactions. He aspires to apply his veterinary and legal backgrounds towards the expansion of scientific knowledge regarding wildlife disease and the shaping of public policy regarding wildlife conservation.
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Publications

Tyrrell, J. D., Qurollo, B. A., Tornquist, S. J., Schlaich, K. G., Kelsey, J., Chandrashekar, R., & Breitschwerdt, E. B. (2019). Molecular identification of vector-borne organisms in Ehrlichia seropositive Nicaraguan horses and first report of Rickettsia felis infection in the horse. Acta Tropica, 200, 105170.

Filip Rakic

Filip Rakic

Filip is a recent graduate from the Wildlife Biology Program at McGill University, where he first began participating in northern research within the Humphries research group. These opportunities to experience working in arctic communities inspired him do an MSc with the Kutz research group, allowing him to gain experience in the domain of wildlife health. His current thesis project revolves around wildlife health surveillance of infectious disease in barren-ground caribou and its implications to conservation. He hopes to later attend veterinary college in order to apply and promote northern animal health.
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