The WCVM Disease Investigation Unit (DIU) supports private veterinary practitioners in addressing complex and unusual animal health situations.

It also enables the livestock industry to respond early and to reduce the economic impact of possible foreign animal disease incursions, emerging livestock disease or food safety crises.


Members of the veterinary college’s DIU regularly work with local veterinarians — the front line of disease surveillance — to investigate  puzzling health issues at farms across Saskatchewan. WCVM faculty and students will travel to an affected farm, but in most cases, they rely on local practitioners to collect diagnostic samples and communicate with producers.

The DIU is a partnership between the WCVM and Saskatchewan Agriculture that has operated as a vital disease surveillance tool in the province for more than 20 years.

Our Team

The Disease Investigation Unit team includes faculty members and clinical associates in the WCVM Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences.

Dr. John Campbell, a professor and beef cattle researcher, is director of the WCVM Disease Investigation Unit. 


For more information, please contact the WCVM Large Animal Clinic reception desk at 306-966-7178 or email Dr. John Campbell, director of the WCVM's DIU.