Raphael Vanderstichel, DVM, PhD

Associate Professor & Assistant Dean of Veterinary Admissions

Email: Raphael.Vanderstichel@liu.edu

Dr Raphael Vanderstichel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Veterinary Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He began his veterinary career in a mixed-animal practice in England. His interest in research prompted him to return in 2007 to the Atlantic Veterinary College (University of Prince Edward Island, Canada) to pursue a PhD in epidemiology, carrying out a national randomized field trial in dairy cattle. In 2011, he became a Research Associate in the Department of Health Management working in conjunction with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to develop statistical models to establish freedom from disease in Canadian swine and increase foreign trade. Raphael’s main areas of professional interests are disease surveillance and spatial epidemiology as applied to production animals, wildlife (including free-roaming dogs), and more recently, aquatic species. From 2014 until early 2016, Raphael had been a Research Scientist in the Canada Excellence Research Chair team lead by Dr. Ian Gardner, working on surveillance and transmission of pathogens affecting the aquaculture and shellfish industries. This work continued as he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management at the Atlantic Veterinary College, while teaching DVM students. Applying his experience of veterinary medicine and spatial epidemiology, Raphael has developed an extensive network of collaborations in the fields of aquatic epidemiology, wildlife health, and disease surveillance. He has taught workshops on spatial epidemiology with an emphasis on the utilization of open-source software in North America, Asia and Latin America and participates in the supervision of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. His teaching focuses on the topics of veterinary epidemiology and evidence-based veterinary medicine for DVM students.

Publications - (selected manuscripts)

[ResearchGate link: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Raphael_Vanderstichel]

  • Cantrell D, Filgueira R, Revie C, Rees E, Vanderstichel R, Guo M, Foreman M, Wan D, Grant J. (In Press) The relevance of larval biology on spatiotemporal patterns of pathogen connectivity among open-marine salmon farms. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.
  • Laurin E, Jaramillo D, Vanderstichel R, Ferguson H, Kaukinen K, Schulze A, Keith I, Gardner I, Miller K. Histopathological and novel high-throughput molecular monitoring data from farmed salmon (Salmo salar and Oncorhynchus spp.) in British Columbia, Canada, from 2011-2013. Aquaculture. 499:220-34. 2019
  • MacKinnon B, Jones P, Hawkins L, Dohoo I, Stryhn H, Vanderstichel R, St-Hilaire S. The epidemiology of ulcer disease in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in Atlantic Canada. Aquaculture. 501:230-8. 2019
  • Nekouei O, Vanderstichel R, Kaukinen K, Thakur K, Tabata A, Ming T, Patterson D, Trudel M, Neville C, Miller K.  Comparison of infectious agents detected from hatchery and wild juvenile Coho salmon in British Columbia, 2008-2018. PLoS One. 14(9):e0221956. 2019
  • Thakur K, Vanderstichel R, Kaukinen K, Nekouei O, Laurin E, Miller K. Infectious agent detections in archived Sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) samples from British Columbia, Canada (1985-1994). Journal of Fish Diseases. 42(4):533-47. 2019
  • Arriagada G, Sanchez J, Stryhn H, Vanderstichel R, Campistó JL, Ibarra R, St-Hilaire S. A multivariable assessment of the spatio-temporal distribution of pyrethroids performance on the sea lice Caligus rogercresseyi in Chile. Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology. 26: 1-13. 2018
  • Cantrell D, Rees E, Vanderstichel R, Grant J, Filgueira R, Revie C. The use of kernel density estimation with a bio-physical model provides a method to quantify connectivity among salmon farms: spatial planning and management with epidemiological relevance. Frontiers in Veterinary Science. 5:269. 2018
  • Elghafghuf A, Vanderstichel R, St-Hilaire S, Stryhn H. Using state-space models to predict the abundance of juvenile and adult sea lice on Atlantic salmon. Epidemics. 24:76-87. 2018
  • Gautam R, Price D, Revie C, Gardner I, Vanderstichel R, Gustafson L, Klotins K, Meattie M. Connectivity-based risk ranking of infectious salmon anaemia virus (ISAv) outbreaks for targeted surveillance planning in Canada and the USA. Preventive Veterinary Medicine. 159(1):92-8.2018
  • Nekouei O, Vanderstichel R, Ming T, Kaukinen K, Thakur K, Tabata A, Laurin E, Tucker S, Beacham T, Miller K. Distribution of infectious agents in juvenile Fraser River Sockeye salmon, Canada, in 2012 and 2013. Frontiers in Microbiology. 9:3221. 2018
  • Nekouei O, Vanderstichel R, Thakur K, Arriagada G, Patanasatienkul T, Milligan B, Whitaker P, Stewardson L, Revie C. Association between sea lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) infestation on Atlantic salmon farms and juvenile Chum salmon in Muchalat Inlet, Canada. Scientific Reports - Nature. 8(1):40:4023.2018
  • Pérez G, Conte A, Garde E, Messori S, Vanderstichel R, Serpell J. Movement and home range of owned free-roaming male dogs in Puerto Natales, Chile. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 205:74-82. 2018
  • Thakur K, Patanasatienkul T, Laurin E, Vanderstichel R, Corsin F, Hammell L. Production characteristics of intensive whiteleg shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) farming in four Vietnam Provinces. Aquaculture Research.49:2625-32. 2018
  • Thakur K, Vanderstichel R, Barrell J, Stryhn H, Patanasatienkul T, Revie C. Suitability of remotely-sensed sea surface temperature and salinity products for aquaculture health research: comparisons with in situ records in British Columbia, Canada. Frontiers in Marine Science. 5:121. 2018
  • Thakur K, Vanderstichel R, Li S, Laurin E, Tucker S, Neville C, Stryhn, H, Miller K. A comparison of infectious agents between hatchery-enhanced and wild out-migrating juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) from Cowichan River, British Columbia. FACETS. 3: 695–721. 2018
  • Arriagada G, Stryhn H, Vanderstichel R, Campistó JL, Rees E, Sanchez J, Ibarra R, Medina M, St-Hilaire S. Evaluating the effect of synchronized sea lice treatments in Chile. Preventive Veterinary Medicine. 136:1-10.2017
  • Di Cicco E, Ferguson H, Schulze A, Kaukinen K, Li S, Vanderstichel R, Wessel Ø, Rimstad E, Gardner I, Hammell L, Miller K. Heart and skeletal muscle inflammation (HSMI) disease diagnosed on a British Columbia salmon farm through a longitudinal farm study. PLoS One 12(2):e0171471. 2017
  • Fenton H, Daoust P-Y, Forzán MJ, Vanderstichel R, Ford JKB, Spaven L, Lair S, Raverty S. Causes of mortality of harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Canada. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 122:171-83. 2017
  • Gautam R, Vanderstichel R, Boerlage A, Revie C, Hammell L. Effect of timing of count events on estimates of sea lice abundance and interpretation of effectiveness following bath treatments. Journal of Fish Diseases. 40(3):367-75. 2017
  • Gautam R, Vanderstichel R, Boerlage A, Revie C, Hammell L. Evaluating bath treatment effectiveness in the control of sea lice burdens on Atlantic salmon in New Brunswick, Canada. Journal of Fish Diseases. 40(7):895-905. 2017
  • McBurney S, Kelly-Clark W, Forzán M, Vanderstichel R, Teather K, Greenwood S. Persistence of Trichomonas gallinae in bird seed. Avian Diseases. 61(3):311-5. 2017
  • Thakur K, Revie C, Stryhn H, Tibbetts S, Lavallée J, Vanderstichel R.  Risk factors associated with soft-shelled lobsters (Homarus americanus) in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. FACETS. 2:15-33. 2017
  • Arriagada G, Vanderstichel R, Stryhn H, Milligan B, Revie C. Evaluation of water salinity effects on the sea lice Lepeophtheirus salmonis found on farmed Atlantic salmon in Muchalat Inlet, British Columbia, Canada. Aquaculture. 464:554-63. 2016
  • Forzán MJ, Smith TG, Vanderstichel RV, Hogan NS, Gilroy CV. Hematological reference intervals for Rana sylvatica(Lithobates sylvaticus) and effect of infection with Frog Virus 3 (Ranavirus sp, Iridoviridae). Veterinary Clinical Pathology. 45(3):430-43. 2016
  • Garde E, Pérez G, Vanderstichel R, Dalla Villa PF, Serpell JA. Effects of surgical and chemical sterilization on the behavior of free-roaming male dogs in Puerto Natales, Chile. Preventive Veterinary Medicine. 123:106-20. 2016
  • Gautam R, Boerlage AS, Vanderstichel R, Revie CW, Hammell KL. Variation in pre-treatment count lead time and its effect on baseline estimates of cage-level sea lice abundance. Journal of Fish Diseases. 39(11):1297-1303. 2016
  • Groner M, Maynard J, Breyta R, Carnegie R, Dobson A, Friedman CA, Froelich B, Garren M, Gulland F, Heron S, Noble R, Revie C, Shields J, Vanderstichel R, Weil E, Wyllie-Echeverria S, Harvell CD. Managing marine disease emergencies in an era of rapid change. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 371(1689):20150364. 2016
  • Maxham L, Forzán M, Hogan N, Vanderstichel R, Gilroy C. Hematological reference intervals for Xenopus tropicalis with partial use of automatic counting methods and reliability of long-term stored samples. Veterinary Clinical Pathology. 45(2):291-9. 2016
  • McMillan FD, Vanderstichel R, Stryhn H, Yu J, Serpell J. Behavioural characteristics of dogs removed from hoarding situations. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 178:69-79. 2016
  • Raab O, Greenwood S, Vanderstichel R, Gelens H. A cross-sectional study of Tritrichomonas foetus infection in feral and shelter cats on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Canadian Veterinary Journal. 57:265-70. 2016
  • Villarnovo D, Burton SA, Horney BS, MackKenzie AL, Vanderstichel R. Evaluation of a commercial gel column agglutination cross-matching kit in dogs. Veterinary Clinical Pathology. 45(3):411-6. 2016
  • Elmoslemany A, Revie CW, Milligan B, Stewardson L, Vanderstichel R. Sampling of wild juvenile salmonids in Muchalat Inlet, British Columbia and an assessment of factors associated with sea lice prevalence between 2004 and 2011. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 117:107-20. 2015
  • Forzán MJ, Jones KM, Vanderstichel R, Wood J, Kibenge FSB, Kuiken T, Wirth W, Ariel E, Daoust P-Y. Clinical signs, pathology, median lethal dose and survival time of adult wood frogs, Rana sylvatica [Lithobates sylvaticus] inoculated orally with various doses of Frog Virus 3 (Ranavirus sp, Iridoviridae). Journal of General Virology. 96:1138-49. 2015
  • Tenzin T, McKenzie J, Vanderstichel R, Rai B, Rinzin K, Tshering Y, Pem R, Tshering C, Dahal N, Dukpa K, Dorjee S, Wangchuk S, Jolly P, Morris R, and Ward M. Comparison of mark-resight methods to estimate abundance and rabies vaccination coverage of free-roaming dogs in two urban areas of south Bhutan. Preventive Veterinary Medicine. 118:436-48. 2015
  • Vanderstichel R, Dohoo I, Markham F. Applying a kinetic method to an indirect ELISA measuring Ostertagia ostertagiantibodies in milk. Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research. 79:180-3. 2015
  • Vanderstichel R, Forzán MJ, Pérez GE, Serpell JA, Garde E. Changes in blood testosterone concentrations following surgical and chemical sterilization of male free-roaming dogs in southern Chile. Theriogenology. 83:1021-7. 2015
  • Vanderstichel R, St-Hilaire S, Ibarra R, Lyngstad TM, Rees EE, Medina MH. Space-time cluster analysis of the non-pathogenic infectious salmon anemia virus (HPR0 ISAV) in Chile, 2011-2012. Aquaculture. 437:120-6. 2015