Dr. Blackwell's diverse work includes private practice, university teaching hospitals, and government service related to in large animal health management. For more than two decades he has worked as a public servant with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs where he is currently Lead Veterinarian, Disease Prevention-Swine. After graduating from Michigan State University, Dr. Blackwell was employed by Dr. Herb Marsh in a mixed animal practice in Princeton, Illinois. Dr. Marsh insisted on standards of welfare in his practice 30 years ago that would be considered progressive today. After leaving Illinois, Dr. Blackwell furthered his veterinary education at the Ontario Veterinary College and then moved to the University of Minnesota to pursue graduate training while working as an ambulatory clinician at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Blackwell holds memberships in several professional organizations including CVMA, Ontario Association of Swine Practitioners, and the American Association of Swine Practitioners. Dr. Blackwell is the Feature Editor of Veterinary Medical Ethics, one of the most popular and longest running (25 years) columns in The Canadian Veterinary Journal’s history. He was honoured with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s (CVMA) Humane Award in 2015.
Current OP-funded project: 17-016 Establishing the sensitivity and specificity of using rope samples (saliva) to test for antibodies to the PRRS virus.