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What is the Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses (CPHAZ) at the Ontario Veterinary College?

Through our engagement in research, education, and knowledge dissemination, members of CPHAZ leverage the One Health approach to identify problems and implement solutions in public health at the human-animal-environmental interface, contributing to rapid response to new and emerging zoonotic diseases, and highlighting the societal relevance of veterinary medicine in public health.


Dr. Scott Weese

CPHAZ Director – Dr. J Scott Weese, DVM DVSc DACVIM

Weese is an internal medicine specialist, a professor in OVC’s Department of Pathobiology, and Chief of Infection Control at OVC’s Health Sciences Centre. His work focuses on a range of infectious disease issues of animals and humans, including antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial stewardship, emerging infectious diseases, and infection control.

CPHAZ Steering Committee

Members of the steering committee play a crucial role in determining the CPHAZ direction and strategic initiatives by communicating and disseminating knowledge with members and other stakeholders. The committee members have been selected to include a broad range of content and methodological expertise.

Partners and Funding

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs logo


Worms and Germs Blog, authored by Weese, covers a wide range of topics related to infectious (and often zoonotic) diseases.

Contact Us

Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses

Building 49

Ontario Veterinary College

University of Guelph, Ontario


CPHAZ cannot provide answers to specific medical questions, medical advice or consultations regarding your health and that of your pets. You should always seek the advice of your physician and/or veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding a health matter.