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Dr. Tasha Epp Associate Professor

Joint Faculty Member, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Research Areas

  • Epidemiology of zoonotic diseases

Current Research

  • modeling West Nile virus in the Canadian Prairies and the epidemiology of zoonotic diseases of companion animals, particularly as it regards northern rural, remote or First Nations communities.
  • water research as it pertains to First Nations communities in Saskatchewan.
  • application of spatial epidemiology techniques in a variety of animal disease situations. 
  • risks for dog bites, health-related impacts of dog bites and dog bite prevention or dog population management effects on occurrence of dog bites. As part of the project, the team has developed the Community Dog Workbook, based on years of experience and discussions with many communities struggling with dog populations or dog-related issues.

Current Courses

  • PUBH 846.3, Analytical Methods in Epidemiologic Research 
  • PUBH 809.3, Field Epidemiology                           
  • VLAC 808.3, Veterinary Epidemiology                  
  • PUBH 800.3, Intro to Epidemiology for Public Health                 
  • VLAC 840.3, Zoonoses and Food Safety  
  • VLAC 812.2 and 813.1, Statistics for Clinical Research                

Recent Grants and Awards

As Principal Investigator:

2019-2021 - Epp, T., & Woodsworth, J., Candelora, G., Ratt, A., Isbister, H. SPOUT - SCPOR/SHRF. Pets and People in the gap: Identifying perspectives on pets and pet health, working towards community-derived interventions to promote community health in communities under-served by veterinarians in Saskatchewan. ($103,472)

2016-2019 - Epp, T., & Elkin, B., Shury, T. Wildlife Health Research Fund (WHRF), Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Serologic Comparison of anthrax Exposure in Bison Herds in Northern Canada. ($1,200) 

2012-2017 - Epp, T., & Waldner, C., Woodbury, M., O’Connor, B., Uehlinger, F. Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF). Investigating the Role of Sheep Proximity in Bison Malignant Catarrhal Fever (MCF). ($299,500) 

2011-2017 - Epp, T., & Jenkins, E., Card, C. Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) and Kaye Canine Research Fund, Western College of Veterinary Medicine. G16564 – KRC – CAHF Assessing Dog Populations and Sustainable Control Programs for First Nations Communities in Saskatchewan. ($18,200) 

As Co-Investigator:

2019-2021 - Simko, E. (PI), & Klein, C., Medici de Mattos, I., Trokhymchuk, A., Ngeleka, M., Wood, S., Kozii, I., Epp, T., Castillo, C. Agriculture Development Fund (ADF), Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. Surveillance and improved control of American foulbrood (AFB) in honey bees in Saskatchewan. ($86,000) 

2017-2020 - Vatanparast, H. (PI), & Petruka, P., Epp, T., Woods, P., Hammond Ketilson, L., Farag, M., Kulshreshtha, S., Samarghandi, H. Community Foundations of Canada. Global Leaders Scholarship – Seeking Sustainable Solutions in Food Security and Nutrition for Women and Children: A Tri-Country Approach. ($449,200) 

2017-2020 - Card, C. (PI), & Laarveld, B., Robinson, K., Manning, S., Fernanda Lopez Rodriguez, M., Simko, E., Starrak, G., Cymbaluk, N., Epp, T., Evans, T., Messer, N. Mark and Pat Dumont Equine Research Fund. Effects of Glucosinolates on Thyroid Function and the Musculoskeletal System of Horses. ($100,718) 

2016-2018 - Wobeser, B. (PI), & Greenwood, S., Godson, D., Epp, T. Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF), Western College of Veterinary Medicine. The role of papillomaviruses in equine cutaneous disease (neoplastic and non-neoplastic). ($21,128.42) 

Recent Publications

Carlson, C.J., Kracalik, I.T., Ross, N., Alexander, K., Hugh-Jones, M.E., Fegan, M., Elkin, B., Epp, T., Shury, T.K., Zhang, W., Bagirova, M., Getz, W.M., Blackburn, J.K. (2019). The global distribution of Bacillus anthracis and associated anthrax risk to humans, livestock and wildlife. Nature Microbiology (May 13 2019, Epub ahead of print https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-019-0435-4).

McLeod, L., Bharadwaj, L., Epp, T.Y., Waldner, C.L. (2019). Bayesian hierarchical models as tools to evaluate the association between groundwater quality and the occurrence of type 2 diabetes in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Epub: doi: 10.1007/s00244-018-00588-4.

McLeod, L., Bharadwaj, L., Epp, T.Y., & Waldner, C.L. (2018). Ecological analysis of associations between groundwater quality and hypertension and cardiovascular disease in rural Saskatchewan, Canada using Bayesian hierarchical models and administrative health data. Environmental Research, 167:329-340.

Dhillon, J., Hoopes, J., Epp, T. (2018). Scoping decades of dog evidence: a scoping review of dog bite-related sequelae. Canadian Journal of Public Health. Published online: DOI: 10.17269/s41997-018-0145-3.

Card, C., Epp, T., & Lem, M. (2018). Exploring Social Determinants of Animal Health. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, Published online October 4, 2108:1-11; DOI: 10.3138/jvme.0317-047r.

Husulak, M.L., Manning, S.T., Meachem, M.D., Burgess, H.J., Epp, T.Y., & Montgomery, J.B. (2018). Does antimicrobial therapy improve outcomes in horses with severe equine asthma and a positive tracheal wash bacterial culture? Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research, 82(3): 184-191.

Epp, T. Uehlinger F.D., Wojnarowicz, C., Mahli, P.S., Sayi, S., Woodbury, M.R. (2018). Observations of mortality in farmed bison in the Canadian Prairies, 2013-2016. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 157:1-7. DOI:10.1016/j.prevetmed.2018.05.014.

Boissoneault, C., & Epp, T. (2018). Reflections Regarding Provision of Veterinary Services to Underserved Regions: A case example using Northern Manitoba, Canada. Canadian Veterinary Journal, 59(5): 491-495.

Wood, S.C., Kozii, I.V., Koziy, R.V., Epp, T., & Simko, E. (2018). Comparative Chronic Toxicity of Three Neonicotinoids of New Zealand Packaged Honey Bees. PLos One, 13(1):e0190517.

Higgins, S.J., Howden, K.J, James, C.R., Epp, T., & Lohmann, K.L. (2017). A retrospective study of owner-requested testing as surveillance for Equine Infectious Anemia in Canada (2009-2012). Canadian Veterinary Journal, 58 (12); 1294-1300.