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., 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 Practitioner. 50(2).

Service & Leadership

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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