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Dr. Stephen LeBlanc

Professor, Department of Population Medicine and Director of Dairy at Guelph

Research Focus: Dairy cattle health and reproduction

Dr. Stephen LeBlanc grew up just outside of Montreal, Quebec and completed his Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Animal Science at McGill University where he first began working with dairy cows. He spent more time working on the farm than in the classroom and by the time he completed his undergraduate degree, he knew he wanted to attend veterinary school to become a dairy veterinarian.

After finishing his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), he joined an almost 100 percent dairy practice, but his curiosity in learning more about dairy cattle led him back to graduate school at the OVC where he completed his Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc) degree.

LeBlanc accepted a contract faculty position in 2002 that involved leading a continuing education program for veterinarians and conducting research until he became permanent faculty seven years later. He still practices and teaches as a dairy veterinarian in the Ruminant Farm Service at OVC, but now spends more time on research. In addition to his role as a professor in the Department of Population Medicine, he is the director of Dairy at Guelph – The Centre for Dairy Research and Innovation at the University of Guelph.

His research interests are motivated by answering applied research questions: why we use the management practices that we do and how we know if they are effective. During LeBlanc’s DVSc, he focused on uterine health and endometritis, and his overall aim through more than 20 years of research is to understand how we can support cows so that they can thrive, stay healthy, and be productive. He leads a large, five-year NSERC Alliance research project with dairy and veal industry partners and was recently awarded a University of Guelph Research Leadership Chair.

Dr. LeBlanc shared that he enjoys watching graduate students develop, and being among people that share the same “cow nerd inquisitiveness.” Working with graduate students and getting to ask and answer questions he’s interested in are two key aspects of his position that motivate him most. In his role as director of Dairy at Guelph, he enjoys using new skills to enhance the accomplishments and recognition of dairy research at the University of Guelph. Moving forward, Dr. LeBlanc’s goal is to increase awareness of Dairy at Guelph’s research among stakeholders and knowledge users, such as farmers, industry people, and advisors.

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