The ACER team


    2014 | Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Epidemiology

  • Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

    2008 | Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

  • Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

    2004 | Bachelor of Science (BSc)

  • Department of Biology, University of Waterloo

Dan Shock

Veterinarian and Consultant

Dan has made it his life’s mission to improve animal health.
He uses his expertise in veterinary medicine and epidemiology to deliver evidence-based solutions. Not only this, he has the unique ability to make complex science accessible for all.

Dan earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) 2008. After 3 years in practice in Eastern Ontario, Dan returned to OVC to complete a PhD in epidemiology in 2014. His research focused on risk factors for mastitis in Ontario dairy herds. Through his research, Dan has developed expertise in:

  • Scientific study design and conduct
  • Statistical data analysis
  • Group facilitation
  • Interview skills

Since graduation, Dan has consulted around the world with universities, governments, and animal health organizations to improve animal health. Dan’s unique skill set and drive to improve agricultural productivity and sustainability make him a valuable asset to the ACER team.


  • Shock, D.A., Roche, S.M., Genore, R.L., Renaud, D.L., 2019. Exploring the economic impact that registered veterinary technicians have on Ontario veterinary practices. Can. Vet. J. (In press).

  • Renaud, D.L, Skidmore, A., Roche, S.M., Steele, M.A., Shock, D.A., 2019. Evaluation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii CNCM I-1079 fed pre-weaning on health and growth of male dairy calves. App. Ani. Sci.  (In press).

  • Roche, S.M., Von Massow, M., Renaud, D.L., Shock, D.A., Jones-Bitton, A.Q., Kelton, D.F. 2019. Cost-benefit for implementation of a participatory extension model for improving on-farm adoption of Johne’s disease control recommendations. J. Dairy Sci. (In press).

  • Shock, D.A., Roche, S.R., Olson, M.E. 2019. A comparative pharmacokinetic analysis of oral and subcutaneous meloxicam, administered to postpartum dairy cows. Vet. Sci. 6(3):73.

  • Shock, D. A., Renaud, D. L., Roche, S. M., Poliquin, R., and Olsen, M. E. 2018. Evaluating the impact of meloxicam oral suspension on subsequent production, health, and culling in dairy cows: a randomized clinical field trial. PLOS One.

  • Belage, E., Dufour, D., Shock, D., Jones-Bitton, A., and Kelton, D., 2017. Adoption and consistency of application of pre-milking preparation in Ontario dairy herds. J. Dairy Sci. 100(5):3902-3911.

  • Shock, D.A., LeBlanc, S.J., Leslie, K.E., Hand, K., Godkin, M.A., Coe, J.B., and Kelton, D.F. 2015. Exploring the characteristics and dynamics of Ontario dairy herds experiencing increases in bulk milk somatic cell count during the summer. J. Dairy Sci. 98(6):3741-3753.

  • Shock, D.A., LeBlanc, S.J., Leslie, K.E., Hand, K., Godkin, M.A., Coe, J.B., and Kelton, D.F. 2015. Studying the relationship between on-farm environmental conditions and local meteorological station data during the summer. J. Dairy Sci. 99(3):2169-2179.

  • Newby, N., Haley, D., Shock, D., Lissemore, K., Milllman, S., Iliopoulos, S., and Duffield, T. 2015. Comparing caustic paste vs. caustic stick vs. hot-iron+lidocaine disbudding in young dairy calves: behavioral response following disbudding and healing. Bovine Pract. 50(2).

Service & Leadership

  • Board of Directors - Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians

    2018 - present

    • Provide input and leadership and input on issues that are of a national importance to bovine practitioners
  • Transportation of Livestock Code of Practice Committee Member - National Farm Animal Care Council

    2019 - present

    • In collaboration with other industry stakeholders, created a nation-wide animal welfare standard for the transportation of livestock
    • Appointed representative for the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
  • 2nd Vice President - Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners

    2017 - present

    • Provide leadership in the organization – assisting president and 1st vice president in all matters affecting the organization
    • Ensuring the advancement of the standing of the profession in the cattle industry in Ontario
    • Planning and coordination of continuing education programs
  • Treasurer - Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners

    2015 - 2017

    Leadership role in all financial aspects of the organization, including:

    • General financial oversight
    • Financial planning, budgeting, and reporting
    • Liaising with accountant and bookkeeper on all financial matters of the organization

Memberships & Associations

  • American Dairy Science Association

  • Canadian Animal Health Institute

  • Ontario Livestock and Poultry Council

  • National Mastitis Council

  • Ontario Animal Health Network

  • Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners

We have a passion for agriculture and agri-food and believe in studying health and disease through a one health lens.

Agricultural Communications &
Epidemiological Research

Understand. Inform. Influence.

We are a collaborative group, keen to work with like-minded partners across the globe. Want to explore a problem, project, or opportunity?

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