National Baseline Survey of Tick-Borne Disease Awareness

January 12, 2022

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) has received funding via a directed solicitation from the Infectious Diseases and Climate Change Fund of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to conduct three surveys: veterinarians practicing in Canada, pet owners, and hunters and anglers. The surveys will access baseline knowledge of tick awareness and tick-borne diseases in Canada. The surveys have received Research Ethics Board approval through the University of Guelph and are overseen by an expert advisory group which includes:

  • Dr. Scott Weese, Director, Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses
  • Dr. Katie Clow, Assistant Professor, One Health, Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College
  • Dr. Jolene Giacinti, Director, Veterinarians Without Borders – Canada
  • Tracy Townsend, Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Branch, PHAC
  • Lauren Tonelli, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
  • Dr. Shane Renwick, CVMA Manager, National Issues

The surveys are expected to launch in early 2022, with results available in March during National Tick Awareness Month. Information garnered through these surveys will be used to inform a national campaign with the goal of further educating the public and veterinary community about ticks and tick-borne illness.