Crissandra Auckland, VT

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Research Assistant

Collection, freezing, storage and management of livestock reproductive materials for the Animal Genetic Resourses of Canada.

Education and awards

Veterinary Technician, SIAST - Saskatoon 2002

International experience and/or work

Scientific Exchange

Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast, Sept 2007

Description: A two week training session on PCR technique, Tissue culture, Virus growth and isolation.


University of Alberta: 2010 to 2011

Swine Reproduction-Development Program, Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutritional Science Research Coordinator: Jennifer Patterson. Supervisor: George Foxcroft

Three part experiment looking at high and low birth weight litters over multiple parities

Related Publication: Smit MN, Spencer JD, Almeida FR, Patterson JL, Chiarini-Garcia H, Dyck MK, Foxcroft GR.”Consequences of a low litter birth weight phenotype for postnatal lean growth performance and neonatal testicular morphology in the pig.” Animal. 2013 Oct;7(10):1681-9. doi: 10.1017/S1751731113001249. Epub 2013 Jul 3. PMID: 23822933


University of Alberta: 2002 to 2004

Swine Reproduction-Development Program, Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutritional Science, Student: Jennifer Patterson. Student Supervisor: George Foxcroft

Guilt Reproduction study on early boar stimulation.

Related Publication: Patterson JL, Beltranena E, Foxcroft GR, “The effect of gilt age at first estrus and breeding on third estrus on sow body weight changes and long-term reproductive performance.” J Anim Sci. 2010 Jul;88(7):2500-13. doi: 10.2527/jas.2008-1756. Epub 2010 Mar 12.

Key publications

“Uterine spaciousness during embryo and fetal development in multiparous sows improves birth weight and postnatal growth performance., ” Livestock Science Volume 153, Issues 1–3, May 2013

 “The effects of succinylcholine or low-dose rocuronium to aid endotracheal intubation of adult sows” Can J Vet Res., January 2012

“Ring tests to evaluate the performance of Porcine circovirus-2 (PCV-2) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays used in North American diagnostic laboratories.” Can J Vet Res., January 2009

“Porcine circovirus-2 DNA concentration distinguishes wasting from nonwasting pigs and is correlated with lesion distribution, severity, and nucleocapsid staining intensity.” J Vet Diagn Invest., May 2008

Research facility

107 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X2