Simon Otto, PhD, DVM, BSc

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health

Pronouns: he/him/his

Contact

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health
Phone
(780) 248-1865
Address
3-57C South Academic Building
11328 - 89 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2J7

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

I lead the HEAT-AMR Research Group. Please see my research website below for more information.


About

Please visit www.heat-amr.com for more information about my research group, the Human-Environment-Animal Transdisciplinary Antimicrobial Resistance Research Group. Here you will find a current list of my research interests, projects, team members, publications, reports, and presentations.

I am a veterinary epidemiologist working on One Health approaches to develop scientific and policy mechanisms to combat antimicrobial resistance and foodborne disease in the farm-to-fork continuum. My research is conducted in a "virtual lab" where we utilize surveillance and other data, combined with quantitative epidemiological methods, to tackle research questions in the arena of antimicrobial resistance and food safety.

Degrees:

  • PhD, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, 2011
  • DVM with great distinction, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 2002 
  • BSc with distinction, University of Calgary, 2000 

Key Words:

epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance and foodborne pathogens in the farm-to-fork continuum

one health - surveillance, networks, and ecosystems

animal health surveillance

Announcements

Please visit www.heat-amr.com to inquire about possible trainee opportunities.

Prospective Graduate Students: Please contact me to discuss your research interests. These should align with my current research areas in my program and consider that my program relies on a computer and data-based research. If you would like to work with me, please send an email introducing yourself, your background and your area(s) of research interest. Please attach your most current CV and a copy of your unofficial transcript.

For information on applying to the School of Public Health, please visit our please visit our Admissions page for more information: https://www.ualberta.ca/public-health/programs/admissions.

Courses

AFNS 416 - One Health

'One Health' is an emerging paradigm in public and veterinary health which recognizes that human, animal and environmental health are interlinked. The course will address food and water safety, the increase in prevalence of antibiotic resistant organisms, emerging infectious zoonotic diseases, environmental protection and environmental sustainability, emphasizing the interaction of these diverse yet interconnected disciplines in protecting the health of populations. Prerequisites: *3 MICRB and *3 PHYSL.


AFNS 516 - One Health

'One Health' is an emerging paradigm in public and veterinary health which recognizes that human, animal and environmental health are interlinked. The course will address food and water safety, the increase in prevalence of antibiotic resistant organisms, emerging infectious zoonotic diseases, environmental protection and environmental sustainability, emphasizing the interaction of these diverse yet interconnected disciplines in protecting the health of populations. Not to be taken if credit received for AFNS 416, SPH 416, or SPH 516. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.


AFNS 527 - Food Safety

Providing students with an understanding of the principles of risk: benefit evaluations related to safety concerns about foods. Not to be taken if credit received for NU FS 427. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.


NU FS 427 - Food Safety

Provides students with an understanding of the principles of risk: benefit evaluations related to safety concerns about foods. Prerequisites: *60 and *3 BIOCH.


SPH 415 - Investigation of Foodborne Illness

Students taking this course will develop an understanding of the food safety system in Canada from the perspective of public health, including the complex regulatory and industry controls, epidemiology and surveillance for foodborne illness, and emergency outbreak investigation and response to detection of a foodborne hazard. The course includes a hands on simulation of a foodborne illness outbreak where students will be put into an Incident Command System (ICS) to manage the outbreak and develop these critical skills for outbreak investigation. Students taking this course will have the opportunity to obtain their ICS 100 certification level. Credit will only be given for one of SPH 415 or SPH 515.


SPH 416 - One-Health

One Health is an emerging paradigm in public and veterinary health which recognizes that human, animal and environmental health are interlinked. The course will address food and water safety, the increase in prevalence of antibiotic resistant organisms, emerging infectious zoonotic diseases, environmental protection and environmental sustainability, emphasizing the interaction of these diverse yet interconnected disciplines in protecting the health of populations. Graduate students may not register for credit (see SPH 516). Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 416, 516 or SPH 416, 516. Prerequisite: *3 MICRB or PHYSL.


SPH 515 - Investigation of Foodborne Illness

Students taking this course will develop an understanding of the food safety system in Canada from the perspective of public health, including the complex regulatory and industry controls, epidemiology and surveillance for foodborne illness, and emergency outbreak investigation and response to detection of a foodborne hazard. The course includes a hands on simulation of a foodborne illness outbreak where students will be put into an Incident Command System (ICS) to manage the outbreak and develop these critical skills for outbreak investigation. Students taking this course will have the opportunity to obtain their ICS 100 certification level. Credit will only be given for one of SPH 415 or SPH 515.


SPH 516 - One-Health

One Health is an emerging paradigm in public and veterinary health which recognizes that human, animal and environmental health are interlinked. The course will address food and water safety, the increase in prevalence of antibiotic resistant organisms, emerging infectious zoonotic diseases, environmental protection and environmental sustainability, emphasizing the interaction of these diverse yet interconnected disciplines in protecting the health of populations. Lectures are the same as for SPH 416, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 516 and SPH 516. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 416, 516 or SPH 416, 516. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor.


SPH 527 - Food Safety

Providing students with an understanding of the principles of risk: benefit evaluations related to the metabolic consequences of exposure to food borne chemicals and therapeutic agents, and to safety concerns about foods. Lectures are the same as for NU FS 427, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of SPH 527, AFNS 527 or NU FS 427. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.


SPH 561 - Topics in Public Health


Browse more courses taught by Simon Otto

Publications

Antimicrobial Use on 36 Beef Feedlots in Western Canada: 2008-2012

Author(s): Brault SA, Hannon SJ, Gow SP, Warr BN, Withell J, Song J, Williams CM, Otto SJG, Booker CW, Morley PS
Publication: Front Vet Sci
Volume: 6
Issue: 329
External Link: https://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2019.00329

Calculation of Antimicrobial Use Indicators in Beef Feedlots-Effects of Choice of Metric and Standardized Values

Author(s): Brault SA, Hannon SJ, Gow SP, Otto SJG, Booker CW, Morley PS
Publication: Front Vet Sci
Volume: 6
Issue: 330
External Link: https://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2019.00330

Antimicrobial Susceptibility of Bacteria That Cause Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex in Alberta, Canada

Author(s): Anholt RM, Klima C, Allan N, Matheson-Bird , Schatz C, Ajitkumar P, Otto SJ, Peters D, Schmid K, Olson M, McAllister T, Ralston B
Publication: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Volume: Dec 4
Issue: 4:207
Page Numbers: 1-11
External Link: https://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2017.00207

Building the antimicrobial stewardship leadership plan for animal health in Canada (workshop, Ottawa, October 3–4, 2017)

Author(s): Otto SJG, Szkotnicki J, McElwain C, So I, Weese JS, Prescott JF
Publication: Canadian Veterinary Journal
Volume: 59
Issue: 7
Page Numbers: 746-748
External Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6005128/

Antimicrobial resistance of bovine Salmonella enterica ssp. enterica isolates from the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Disease Investigation Program (2006-2014)

Author(s): Otto SJG, Ponich KL, Cassis R, Goertz C, Peters D, Checkley SL
Publication: Canadian Veterinary Journal
Volume: 59
Issue: 11
Page Numbers: 1195-1201
External Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30410176

The effect of dicyclohexylamine and fumagillin on Nosema ceranae-infected honey bee (Apis mellifera) mortality in cage trial assays

Author(s): van den Heever JP, Thompson TS, Otto SJG, Curtis JM, Ibrahim A
Publication: Apidologie
Volume: 47
Issue: 5
Page Numbers: 663-70
External Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13592-015-0411-9

Evaluation of Fumagilin-B® and other potential alternative chemotherapies against Nosema ceranae-infected honeybees (Apis mellifera) in cage trial assays

Author(s): ven den Heever JP, Thompson TS, Otto SJG, Curtis JM, Ibrahim A
Publication: Apidologie
Volume: 47
Issue: 5
Page Numbers: 617-30
External Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13592-015-0409-3

Estimating the number of human cases of ceftiofur-resistant Salmonella enterica Serovar Heidelberg in Québec and Ontario, Canada

Author(s): Otto, S.J.G., Carson, C.A., Finley, R.L., Thomas, M.K., Reid-Smith, R.J., McEwen, S.A.
Publication: Clinical Infectious Diseases
Volume: 59
Issue: 9
Page Numbers: 1281-90
External Link: https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/59/9/1281/419116/Estimating-the-Number-of-Human-Cases-of-Ceftiofur

Antimicrobial resistance of Salmonella enterica serovar Heidelberg isolated from poultry in Alberta

Author(s): St Amand J.A., Otto S.J.G., Cassis R., Annett Christianson C.B.
Publication: Avian Pathology
Volume: 42
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 379-386
External Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03079457.2013.811465

Antimicrobial Resistance of Human Campylobacter Species Infections in Saskatchewan, Canada (1999-2006): A Historical Provincial Collection of All Reported Cases

Author(s): Otto SJG, Levett PN, Reid-Smith RJ, Pearl DL, Daku D, Nagle E, Horsman GB, McEwen SA
Publication: Foodborne Pathog Dis
Volume: Epub ahead of print
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1089/fpd.2019.2707