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Prof John Gilleard

John Gilleard
  • Location: Canada
  • Year of Fellowship: 2022
  • Route to Fellowship: Meritorious Contributions to Knowledge

Field of work

Veterinary schools

Areas of special interest

  • Parasitology
  • Drug Resistance
  • Molecular diagnostics

Areas of support

  • Collaborative research
  • International issues
  • One Health Agenda
  • Promoting knowledge and best practice
  • Translating research into veterinary practice

Professional positions

  • Professor Parasitology, Faculty if Veterinary Medicine , University of Calgary.
  • Associate Dean, Research, Faculty if Veterinary Medicine , University of Calgary.
  • Adjunct Professor, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
  • ember of the Snyder Institute for Chronic Disease, Cumming School of Medicine
  • Member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Cumming School of Medicine
  • Chair, Executive Committee of Host-Parasite Interactions Research Training Network


  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS)
  • RA Wardle Medal, Canadian Society of Zoologists 2018
  • University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Research Excellence
  • Award


John Gilleard is Professor of Parasitology at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He is an internationally recognized expert in parasite drug resistance, diagnostics and sustainable control spanning livestock, companion animals and humans. His research group integrates parasitology, genetic and genomic approaches and he teaches parasitology to veterinary, undergraduate and graduate students.
Dr Gilleard qualified as a veterinarian from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liverpool, UK. After three years in general veterinary practice, he undertook a PhD at the University of Glasgow and 5 years post-doctoral research at the Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology, at the Department of Genetics, University of Glasgow. Dr. Gilleard was awarded a Wellcome Trust Travel Fellowship in 1998 to spend 2 years in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary before returning to a faculty position at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow, UK. In 2007, he was appointed full Professor of Veterinary and Molecular Parasitology at Glasgow before moving to the University of Calgary in 2008 as Professor (Parasitology). He is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and has held positions of Associate Dean Research, in Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary (2012-2017 and 2022-current) and is a former President of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitology (2018).

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