The University of Calgary's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine will see a pilot expansion of its diagnostic service unit for enhanced animal disease diagnosis and welfare.
The project is funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry with the support of the Alberta Beef Producers and Alberta Cattle Feeders.
Dr. Baljit Singh is Dean of the University of Calgary's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
He says the investment will directly help producers ensure the health of their animals and the integrity of food supply chains.
"While UCVM's DSI has been operating for more than a decade, it has a limited capacity to serve Alberta's livestock production industry. This project will increase capacity in disease diagnostics right here in Alberta for livestock producers."
The funding will mean the addition of one clinical microbiologist, one anatomic pathologist along with two technicians and one support staff member.
He notes they will also be able to purchase some new equipment to provide clinical microbiology expertise as well as some on farm disease investigation.
The University's pilot expansion is expected to start in October 2020.