OVC Bulletin

Call for abstracts - Graduate Student Research Symposium 2014 

Posted: October 20, 2014

All OVC graduate students are invited to submit an abstract for the OVC Graduate Research Symposium taking place on Nov. 12, 2014. The symposium will include oral and poster presentations by graduate students, the Schofield Lecture and a social event.

OVC graduate students are encouraged to participate in this event to share their research, practice presentation skills and celebrate research in the OVC community.

Abstracts must be submitted by October 24 at 4:30 p.m.

Posters must be in place by 10 a.m. on Nov. 12 and students are expected to be at their poster from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Grad students who have recently completed and presented a poster may use it for this event. Oral presentations of 13 minutes (10-minute presentation, 3-minute question period) will be held in the afternoon. The time available for oral presentations is limited, so not all those who wish to do an oral presentation can be accommodated and will be assigned a place in the poster session.

To submit an abstract go to the EasyChair link  and create an account.

Always expect the unexpected - Equine Guelph offers awareness training for large animal rescue

Posted: October 20, 2014

Equine Guelph kicked off its series of emergency response rescue courses recently with a reception attended by over 50 key stakeholders, including a lecture by special guest, Dr. Rebecca Gimenez. 

In addition to the reception, Equine Guelph held an Emergency Preparedness workshop for horse owners and a Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) operations course for first responders.

image Fire safety and prevention in barns were discussed at length and students took part in extinguishing a burning hay bale.

With a lifetime spent with horses and 20 years participating in technical large animal rescue, Dr. Gimenez shared some amazing stories at all three events. Based in Georgia, USA, Dr. Gimenez is the President of TLAER, Inc. and an international instructor in technical rescue techniques, tactics, and procedures.

The theme for the Emergency Preparedness workshop, held at the University of Guelph, was improving safety during emergency situations for both people and large animals.  Dr. Gimenez, who holds a Ph.D. in animal physiology, stressed the fact that large animal rescue is a constant learning process, and “It’s not about a horse in a rescue scenario, it’s about you!”

There needs to be an increased understanding of predatory versus prey tendencies when dealing with horses, she told the group of 32 attendees made up of horse owners, veterinarians and vet techs. “I can’t stress enough the need for proper equipment to be worn by ALL when handling these large animals in emergency situations, including a helmet, gloves, reflective vest on roadways, etc.  If you’re not equipped, then stay back.”

Read the Equine Guelph story outlining all facets of the workshops.

Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare celebrates 25 years

Posted: October 20, 2014

This year is a very special one for the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare (CCSAW). The Centre is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a reception on November 19, before this year’s Presant lecture.

The reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on November 19. Hors d’oeuvres and appetizers will be served.

If you would like to attend this reception, please RSVP here with your name and email. More details will be available closer to the day of the event.

Student Health Services to host Flu Shot Clinics

Posted: October 20, 2014

Just a reminder that Student Health Services will be hosting Flu Shot Clinics this year. The Clinics are open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and are available to students, staff, faculty, and community members. You do not require your Health Card. Health Services asks that you prepare to stay 15 
minutes after your injection for monitoring.

Clinic Dates and Locations:

  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in the University Centre, room 103
  • Monday, November 3, 2014 in the OVC main building, in the OVC Learning Commons
  • Tuesday, November 4, 2014 in the OVC main building, in the OVC Learning Commons
  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014 in the University Centre, room 103
  • Thursday, November 6, 2014 in the John T. Powell building, room 207
  • Thursday, November 13, 2014 in the John T. Powell building, room 207
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014 in the John T. Powell building, room 207

Learn more about You and the Flu in this video by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Dr. Corrie Brown, featured speaker at upcoming Schofield Memorial Lecture

Posted: October 20, 2014

OVC alumnus, Dr. Corrie Brown DVM, PhD, DACVP will be presenting at this year’s Schofield Memorial Lecture. 
Topic: Lessons and Lesions from Around the World
When: Wednesday, November 12 from 3:30 to 4:30 PM.  Reception to follow.
Where: OVC Lifetime Learning Centre Room 1714
image Dr. Corrie Brown
Corrie Brown received her B.Sc. in Animal Behavior from McGill University and her DVM from Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph.  She completed a combined residency/PhD in Comparative Pathology at the University of California at Davis.  She was an assistant professor of pathology at Louisiana State University briefly before joining the U.S. Department of Agriculture at Plum Island, where, as Head of the Pathology Section, she specialized in the diagnosis and pathogenesis of transboundary animal diseases.  In 1996, she joined the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine as Professor of Veterinary Pathology. In 2003, she was honored with the university’s highest teaching award, being named a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor.  Dr. Brown has worked internationally in building animal health infrastructure and diagnostics for more than 25 years. She has conducted workshops on basic field necropsy and diagnostic techniques in 30 countries. Dr. Brown has served on many national and international expert panels about animal health and has received numerous awards for her efforts. She is happiest when working on animal health issues with veterinarians in a developing country setting.

Roundtables for faculty and students following Gairdner lecture - RSVPs needed

Posted: October 14, 2014

Faculty and students are invited to roundtable sessions with Dr. Titia de Lange, recipient of the 2014 Canada Gairdner International Award, following her public talk on October 28.  

Dr. de Lange’s talk, “How Shelterin Solves the Telomere End-Protection Problem”, will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Pathobiology/Animal Health Building, Room 1800. The talk is open to the public and admission is free.

A student roundtable session will follow from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and a faculty roundtable will run from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in OVC LLC 1708.

Please RSVP for the roundtable sessions by October 21 to Barb Gaudette at bgaudett@ovc.uoguelph.ca

Early RSVP is recommended as space is limited. Light refreshments will be served.



Healthier cows may produce more bioactive compounds in colostrum

Posted: October 14, 2014

Dairy cattle with enhanced immune responses not only have lower incidents of disease, but may also produce more bioactive compounds in their colostrum that are critical to newborn calves and are beneficial in fighting mastitis-causing pathogens, an Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) graduate student has found.

Research has shown that High Immune Responder (HIR) cows have a lower incidence of diseases, such as mastitis, metritis, ketosis and retained placenta. The HIR technology, developed by University of Guelph researchers led by Dr. Bonnie Mallard, measures the ability of cows within a herd to combat infectious disease. It identifies and ranks animals as being High, Average or Low immune responders based on the cell-mediated and antibody-mediated arms of the adaptive immune system.

Kelly Fleming is an MSc student in OVC’s Pathobiology department and an OMAFRA-U of G Partnership HQP Graduate Scholarship recipient.

Novel methods of enhancing dairy cattle health may help to prevent the incidence of diseases such as mastitis, which has been associated with economic losses resulting from milk quality penalties, decreased milk production, culling of infected cows and treatment costs. Optimizing dairy cattle health contributes to food safety, decreases the need for antibiotics and is an essential component of animal welfare. Selective breeding for cows that have the ability to mount more vigorous immune responses compared to other cows within a herd is a promising approach to enhance overall disease resistance.

Kelly Fleming, an MSc student of the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) Pathobiology department and an OMAFRA-U of G Partnership Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) Graduate Scholarship recipient, hypothesized that HIR cows also produce colostrum and milk with elevated concentrations of immunologically active compounds compared to average or low immune responders.

The HQP program is designed to help graduate students become ‘market-ready’ and provides them with the opportunity to learn about business, commercialization and societal interactions with the agri-food system by taking a course entitled, ‘The Integration of Science and Business in Agri-Food Systems’. “You are introduced to topics such as value chains, business planning, strategic management, market analysis, patenting, entrepreneurship and obstacles that may be encountered when commercializing a scientific discovery,” says Fleming. “It is also a great way to practice communication skills, network with other people and be inspired by success stories.”

Fleming chose three bioactive milk components for her study including total immunoglobulin isotype G (IgG), β-lactoglobulin (β-LG) and lactoferrin (LF), since they were easily measureable and heritable and have been shown to exert anti-microbial activities against mastitis-causing pathogens.

Colostrum and milk samples were taken from Holstein cows previously classified as High, Average or Low immune responders on the day of calving and day five post-calving, respectively. 

A highlighted result showed that High antibody-mediated immune response (AMIR) cows have significantly greater total IgG and β-LG in colostrum compared to Average and Low AMIR responders.

“IgG is critical to newborn calves”, says Fleming. “If they don’t receive enough IgG within the first day of life, they’re increasingly prone to sepsis, respiratory disease and diarrhea”. In addition to β-LG’s activities against mastitis-causing pathogens, the protein has been shown to exert anti-viral, anti-cancer and anti-oxidant activities.

Fleming, who completed her undergraduate in the OVC’s Biomedical Sciences program, debated whether to target human, cow or calf health when designing her thesis. “This research actually targets all three areas, since higher quality colostrum with increased contents of host defense molecules may aid in preventing disease in newborn calves, in enhancing udder health and in providing an efficient source of ingredients for functional food and nutraceutical production for human use”, she says.

Another important benefit of her research may be that dairy producers can apply the knowledge of her work right away. “Cows can be classified as High, Average or Low immune responders using the HIR test system and colostrum can be banked from High AMIR cows for future administration to calves at risk for failure of passive transfer”, she adds.

“Selectively breeding for HIR cows may provide one potential solution to naturally improve the quality of colostrum and milk, which may benefit the health of humans and subsequent generations of dairy cattle”.



OVC 2014 United Way Campaign Update: Learn about your LOCAL dollars at work

Posted: October 14, 2014

With week one behind us the Ontario Veterinary College team has raised almost 10% of our total college goal, $3,354 of our target of $37,500. A special thank you to everyone who has given so far!

Check out the Guelph- Wellington - Dufferin video to learn more about the 2014 Campaign and YOUR dollars at work:

Want to know how you can give?

  • Contact you department United Way representative to learn about payroll deduction or one-time donation options

  • Come out to OVC UW fundraising events. 

    Events this week:
    *NEW* Event Social Art KW Painting Class
    Wednesday, October 15
    Come out for a fun night of social art!  This is a great new activity to help us get one step closer to our 2014 UW campaign goal.  In just two short hours you will create your very own masterpiece.  NO experience required. Stop in room 1450 to learn more and see an example of the painting you will be creating.  Registration is limited, but there is still room to join.

    Fee $40.00 (pre-registration is required)
    Location: Boston Pizza Guelph
    Time: 7:00 PM

    Contact: Judy Metherel
    email: jmethere@ovc.uoguelph.ca
    ext: 54768

Questions? Contact your 2014 OVC United Way Campaign Team:
Biomedical Science: Kim Best (Campaign Co-Chair), Frances Graziotto
HSC: Judy Metherel, Jackie Tamming, Dana Irvine, Victoria Wentzell,
Sheila Currie
OVC Deans Office: Darlene Findlay, Jane Dawkins
Pathobiology: Elizabeth Gilbertson
Population Medicine: Julie Tremblay-Audet, Tracey Chenier

Neonatal Foal Intensive Care Lecture at the Ontario Veterinary College

Posted: October 14, 2014

The Ontario Veterinary College presents Recognition/evaluation of the critically ill foal learning lecture on November 5, 2014.

Guest speaker Dr. Jonathan Palmer, VMD, DACVIM is the Chief of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Director of Neonatal/Perinatal Program at PennVet, New Bolton Center Hospital.


Dr. Palmer has a worldwide reputation as a pioneer and innovator in the fields of neonatology and perinatology. He has developed techniques to monitor late-term, high-risk pregnancies and to begin treating the fetus before birth, as well as to deliver intensive care to the critically ill neonate. He has offered new insights to diverse areas of neonatal care, including fluid management, nutritional management, and techniques for successful cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Dr. Palmer is a prodigious researcher and writer, having published more than 200 journal papers, abstracts and book chapters.

Everyone is welcome.  Attendees will be eligible for two hours of CE credits.

Locations: OVC Lifetime Learning Centre, RM 1715
Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: 7 PM to 9 PM

Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 to ovcCE@uoguelph.ca

For more information contact:
Victoria Wentzell
at 519-824-4120, Ext. 54157

OVC researcher’s article highlighted in Journal of Dairy Science

Posted: October 14, 2014

An OVC research article is highlighted in the October issues of a prominent dairy journal.

Khaled Gohary’s article “Effect of prepartum administration of recombinant bovine somatotropin on health and performance of lactating dairy cows” in the October issue of the Journal of Dairy Science has been selected as a highlighted article of the month by the editor-in-chief, Matt Lucy. The publication is the official journal of the American Dairy Science Association. Gohary, a recent PhD graduate in Population Medicine, is currently completing a Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship internship.

The article will be featured prominently on the journal’s home page for the next month.

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