OVC Bulletin

Ceremony welcomes first-year student veterinarians

Posted: September 15, 2014

The Class of 2018 will be formally welcomed to the veterinary profession on Sept. 27.

The annual Professional Welcome Ceremony brings together hundreds of family members, friends and mentors, and OVC faculty and staff to celebrate the success of the first-year class as they begin their journey through the four-year DVM program.

In addition to representatives from the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, the College of Veterinarians of Ontario, and the OVC Alumni Association, the keynote speaker will be OVC alumna Dr. Deb Stark, Ontario’s deputy minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs.

In addition, several OVC faculty members will provide a series of presentations during the afternoon to highlight the work we do at OVC and the many facets of veterinary medicine.

The event will also to highlight results of the recently released Economic Impact Study completed for OVC. These sessions will profile the innumerable ways OVC, its faculty, graduates, staff and students impact animal health, food safety and security, and innovative discoveries that benefit both animal and human health.

Ecohealth Club meeting on Thursday

Posted: September 15, 2014

Interested in helping find solutions to some of the world’s “wicked problems”?

Then you are invited to the first EcoHealth Club meeting of 2014.

The meeting will take place Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. in the boardroom of the OVC McNabb House (the house on the corner of Gordon Street and College Avenue).

If you are interested in being a member of the EHC this year, and cannot attend this meeting, please email the club at ehc@uoguelph.ca to be added to the 2014 meeting list. 

Economic Impact Study officially launched at Outdoor Farm Show

Posted: September 15, 2014

imageUniversity of Guelph president Franco Vaccarino and Jeff Leal, Ontario’s minister of agriculture, food and rural affars, open the the Outdoor Farm Show on Sept. 9.

A new economic analysis completed for OVC was officially released during the opening of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show last week, attended by the Honourable Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

The analysis, completed by Deloitte LLP, underlines OVC’s tremendous value to the province.

In an address during the opening ceremonies, University of Guelph President Dr. Franco Vaccarino outlined OVC’s value to Ontario’s agriculture sector and its vital links to public health. 

imageDr. Elizabeth Stone, OVC dean, meets with Jeff Leal, Ontario’s minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs, at the Outdoor Farm Show.

In addition to directly contributing more than $125 million to Ontario’s economy each year and generating 800 jobs annually, OVC provides the government with an excellent return on its investment, said Dr. Vaccarino.

He pointed out OVC-trained veterinarians support Ontario’s meat, dairy, poultry and egg industries, a sector worth about $20 billion a year and some 78,000 jobs.

As well, almost one-third of veterinarians educated in Canada graduate from OVC, and most stay in Ontario. Those grads establish private businesses with an annual economic impact of $1.3 billion to the province.

Read the report here.  (http://ovc.uoguelph.ca/doc/economic/OVC-Economic-Impact-Study.pdf)

Pet Trust invites students to pizza lunch

Posted: September 15, 2014

OVC students are invited to bring their passion for advancing veterinary medicine and a healthy appetite for pizza to a free lunchtime talk sponsored by OVC Pet Trust.

Mark your calendars for this fun and informative event to take place Sept. 25 from 12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. in PAHL 1800.

In addition to free pizza and prize giveaways, the lunch will provide students with an overview of the many ways Pet Trust contributes to OVC programs and research, and the value that supporting Pet Trust brings to veterinary clinics across Ontario.

To learn more about Pet Trust, visit the website.

There’s still time to register for the 2014 Smiling Blue Skies - Toronto Walking to End Canine Cancer.

Organizers are hoping to build upon the incredible success of last week’s inaugural Guelph walk that raised  over $20,000 in support of canine cancer treatment and research at OVC.

For more information, visit the website.

Cooking class supports student food bank

Posted: September 15, 2014

Making healthy food choices and preparing balanced meals on a limited budget can be a challenge for students.

The Guelph Student FoodBank and PJ’s Restaurant in the Atrium are offering a fall cooking class to help students learn how to prepare simple and tasty dishes using in-season ingredients.

The class takes place Sept. 24 from 5 p.m. to 7pm in MACS 117.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5 with all proceeds going to support the Guelph Student FoodBank. Please e-mail foodbank@uoguelph.ca by Sept. 21 to register. 

For more information on the Guelph Student FoodBank, visit the website.

MITACS funding opportunities covered in seminar

Posted: September 15, 2014

Information about MITACS funding opportunities for recruiting graduate students and post-doctoral fellows will be available at a seminar this week for OVC faculty.

The seminar will take place Thursday at 1 p.m. in Room 1810 PAHL.

Rebecca Bourque, MITACS director of strategic accounts and business, will provide outline funding opportunities.

OVC Economic Impact Huge, Report Says

Posted: September 9, 2014

The Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) at the University of Guelph is an economic engine, directly contributing more than $125 million to Ontario’s economy each year and generating 800 jobs annually, according to a new economic analysis by Deloitte LLP.

The global consulting firm reviewed the 152-year-old veterinary school as part of a process supporting reaccreditation. The report was officially released today during the opening of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show.

The report said OVC provides the government with an excellent return on its investment, and contributes to the province and country in critical ways besides educating veterinarians.

“We’ve always known that the University of Guelph and Ontario Veterinary College contribute to the quality of life in our province, and this report shows just how significant an impact OVC has on Ontario’s economic vitality,” said U of G president Franco Vaccarino.

“It emphasizes the broad-based value OVC brings to the province and beyond, particularly in animal health and food production, food security and safety, emergency preparedness and infectious diseases.”

Almost one-third of veterinarians educated in Canada graduate from OVC, and the majority of them stay in Ontario. Private businesses established by these graduates have an estimated annual economic impact of $1.3 billion to the province, according to the report.

OVC-trained veterinarians also provide key support for Ontario’s meat, dairy, poultry and egg industries — a sector that is worth an estimated $20 billion annually, the report said. They also help ensure regulatory and protocol standards, safeguard against diseases and provide essential veterinary services…….

Read the full news release on the University of Guelph website.

Download a copy of the report at the following links:

Economic Impact Study of the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph: Executive Summary

Economic Impact Study of the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph: Final Report

OVC staff and faculty: Please be sure to join us in a presentation led by Dr. Elizabeth Stone for an OVC Community Meeting.  This meeting   include information and a discussion of the OVC Economic Impact Study as well as an OVC Update.

The meeting will be held September 15 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Room 1800 Pathobiology/ AHL building.

Join the Hoofbeat Challenge in support of kids with special needs

Posted: September 8, 2014

Ride your horse, walk your dog or just hike on beautiful country trails and join the Hoofbeat Challenge in support of children with special needs.

The event runs Saturday, September 27, rain or shine, at the Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre, 6920 Concession 1, Puslinch. Walkers register at 9 a.m. with the walk beginning at 10 a.m. Riders register at 10 a.m. with the ride beginning at 11 a.m.

The event features a BBQ lunch, silent auction, fabulous prizes and much more. Pre-register by September 15 to be entered into a special draw.

For more information, visit  Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre.    

Link to American Association of Veterinary Medical College’s E-Newsletter, the Vet-Med Educator

Posted: September 8, 2014

The September issue of the American Association of Veterinary Medical College’s E-Newsletter, the Vet-Med Educator is available.

Two OVC Grad Students awarded Vanier Scholarships

Posted: September 8, 2014

Two Ontario Veterinary College graduate students have been awarded prestigious Vanier scholarships worth $50,000 a year for three years.

PhD candidates Monica Baquero and Matthew Little were among the 166 award recipients named in August from across Canada.

The federal government introduced the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships in 2008 to attract and retain world-class doctoral students.

Monica Baquero studies host-pathogen interactions in Johne’s disease in OVC’s Department of Pathobiology.

Matthew Little, working on a collaborative International Development PhD and based in OVC’s Population Medicine department, will study chronic disease epidemiology and nutrition in rural India.

The Vanier awards affirm that Guelph is attracting top graduate students, said John Livernois, interim vice-president (research and external partnerships).

“This shows that our PhD candidates rank with the best in Canada — that their research fields are extremely applicable to the needs of Canada and of benefit around the world. Their advisers should also be congratulated for providing the resources each candidate needed to succeed.”

Read the news release here.

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