OVC Bulletin

Renovations begin next week on Companion Animal Hospital entrance

Posted: April 14, 2014


Renovations are set to begin next week to update and enhance the client services areas of the Companion Animal Hospital (Small Animal Clinic).

Phase 1 of renovations is scheduled to start the week of April 21. This initial phase will create a new front entrance and reception area by repurposing the stairwell and laboratory space just west of the ICU.

While there should be minimal disruptions to the existing Companion Animal Hospital reception area during this phase, there may be periodic disruptions to access and parking availability in front of the hospital.

If Animal Cancer Centre clients are unable to access the ACC reception area, they are being asked to enter through the Companion Animal Hospital reception area and staff will accompany them to the Animal Cancer Centre.

Please check the OVC Health Sciences Centre website and click on News and Events for regular updates on the renovation. There will also be a bulletin board in the Sunken Lounge dedicated to renovation information.

Subsequent phases of the renovation will include five new exam rooms, a client comfort room, call centre, billing and discharge area, and donor walls.


Tales from the Vault: pioneers in the Canadian veterinary profession

Posted: April 14, 2014

This week’s installment of Tales from the Vault features one of the most significant veterinarians to have graduated from the OVC. The portrait shown here from the C.A.V. Barker Museum Collection is of John Gunion Rutherford. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Rutherford came to Ontario in 1875 and studied at the Ontario School of Agriculture and Experimental Farm (later named the Ontario Agricultural College in 1880). After his graduation, he found work near Brantford where he took notice of various diseases that affected livestock, notably bovine tuberculosis.image

Rutherford’s growing interest in animal health culminated in his graduation from the OVC in 1879. After a period of time practicing in Woodstock, Ont. and studying abroad, he relocated to Manitoba where he was appointed a veterinary inspector by the Manitoba government. In addition to the many positions he held in Manitoba, he was key in establishing the Veterinary Association of Manitoba. In 1892, he was elected an MP and became chairman of the committee on agriculture. In 1902 he took over the position of Dominion Livestock Inspector from Duncan McEachran. This position came to be known as the Veterinary Director General shortly thereafter.

Rutherford’s time as Veterinary Director General was marked by the increasing role of veterinary medicine as an authoritative branch of the Department of Agriculture. Under his authority, a number of animal diseases plaguing the Canadian livestock industry were addressed such as hog cholera, mange, dourine, glanders, and bovine tuberculosis.  Increasing the role of veterinary medicine in matters of public health, Rutherford established federal meat inspection laws in 1907.

Rutherford is an excellent example of the role OVC graduates historically and currently play in the service of the state. OVC veterinarians have played a vital role in the containment and suppression of various infectious diseases and have played a critical role in matters of public health.

Do you have a family member or member of your family tree who is/was an OVC grad?  Feel free to contact us with photos, stories, copies of business ledgers/practice records, diplomas, veterinary tools or other artifacts. We’d love to hear from you! Contact Dr. Lisa Cox at coxl@uoguelph.ca.

To learn more about the history of OVC order your copy of Milestones: 150 Years of the Ontario Veterinary College here:http://www.amazon.ca/Milestones-Years-Ontario-Veterinary-College/dp/0889556016

Prof’s book shortlisted for science writers award

Posted: April 14, 2014

A recent book by a retired OVC professor is being celebrated as one of the best science books of the year.Dr. David Waltner-Toews mixing elephant dung to make paper in Thailand. Photo by Jennifer Firestone

University professor emeritus David Waltner-Toews’ book, “The Origin of Feces: What Excrement Tells Us About Evolution, Ecology and a Sustainable Society,” has been shortlisted for the Canadian Science Writers’ Association award for outstanding general audience science book in 2013.

Published by ECW Press, the book uses humour and science to discuss the importance of feces from evolutionary, ecological and cultural perspectives.

Waltner-Toews retired from OVC in 2011 after a 24-year career as a veterinary epidemiologist. He is the founding president of Veterinarians Without Borders / Vétérinaires sans Frontières – Canada. He is also an essayist, poet, and fiction writer whose published works include about 100 scholarly papers, several books of poetry and an award-winning collection of short stories, a murder mystery (Fear of Landing), and books of popular science (including The Chickens Fight Back and Food, Sex and Salmonella).

Presentation focuses on intellectual property

Posted: April 14, 2014

The University of Guelph’s Catalyst Centre invites you to a special presentation marking World Intellectual Property Day.

Together with Bereskin & Parr LLP, the Catalyst Centre presents “How can I protect biomarkers and other IP related discoveries in life science research?”

The talk takes place April 28 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 1713, OVC Lifetime Learning Centre.

Presented by patent agents Melanie Szwervas and Adrienne Bieber McNeil, the talk will explore:

• Protecting intellectual property related to biomarkers

• Protecting scientific discoveries of the natural world – especially biotechnology

• The changing laws around patents

• What can I patent in life science and medical devices research

• Patents – timeline and cost

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session as well as an opportunity for individual discussions with the speakers. Space is limited and a light lunch will be available to those who RSVP to melissaw@uoguelph.ca.

World Intellectual Property Day is a yearly celebration of intellectual property’s role in stimulating innovation and creativitiy.

Changes affect researchers using controlled substances

Posted: April 14, 2014

Based on interpretation of the regulatory requirements and previous regulatory feedback, U of G has previously required a section 56 Exemption for controlled substances used in research only for principal investigators who did not hold a veterinary license or when the purpose of the study was focused on the substance itself.

Recent clarification from Health Canada has contraindicated this interpretation. To ensure compliance with the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Principal Investigators (including licensed veterinarians) must obtain approval through the Section 56 exemption process for use of any controlled substance that is a part of the research protocol (as outlined in the AUP). Application for the exemption must also be indicated on the OR5. Further information about Health Canada exemptions can be found at the following links:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hc-ps/substancontrol/exemptions/index-eng.php https://www.ucalgary.ca/animalhealth/exemptions/faq http://umanitoba.ca/research/orec/media/Info_package_for_filling_exemption_November_2011.pdf

The exception to this occurs when an animal that is part of a research project requires unanticipated medical treatment. In this situation a licensed veterinarian can prescribe to an individual animal a controlled substance as part of a veterinarian-patient relationship.  For example, if every animal in the study will be receiving hydromorphone for pain control after a procedure that is part of the study, a veterinarian requires an exemption (i.e. Health Canada approval) to receive, administer, and store the drug.

If one animal involved in the study breaks its leg while participating in the study, a veterinarian does not require an exemption to receive and administer hydromorphone.

This change is currently being communicated to all relevant parties across campus. For studies currently underway, there will be an allowed transition period to ensure there is minimal interruption. The OVC HSC Pharmacy will be contacting all researchers that have ordered controlled substances in the past 12 months informing them they will need to apply for the exemption as soon as possible if they anticipate needing to order prior to the completion of the study.

The exemption application form can be found at:



Shayan Sharif, Acting Associate Dean, Research and Innovation and

Stephanie Nykamp, Associate Dean Clinical Program

Volunteers wanted for Conversat

Posted: April 14, 2014

Volunteers are needed to make the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations and the Conversat Ball an event to remember.

The Conversat is a unique U of G tradition that has been renewed and updated with some new ideas. This formal gala evening will take place June 21.

For more information and tickets, please visit http://bit.ly/conversat.

The Conversat has been designed to be a cost-recoverable event, which means organizers have sought sponsorship and relied upon a volunteer organizing committee.

Now members of the broader University community are invited to get involved. Volunteers are required for many different tasks in the days leading up to June 21 and on the event day/evening itself. Please see job descriptions, times and locations of tasks as well as training provided at http://bit.ly/ConversatVolunteers.

The opportunity to become involved in the Conversat will be offered to University employees on a first come first serve basis. If there are still vacant volunteer postings on May 1, the opportunity will be opened to the broader community.

Some of the volunteer work must occur within regular hours of work and we ask that supervisors be flexible when considering employee requests for time off to volunteer for the Conversat.

For more information, see the poster.

Microsoft ends support for Windows XP

Posted: April 14, 2014

Microsoft has formally ended support for its Windows XP platform, says the manager of OVC’s Information Technology Services (ITS).

This means that technical assistance for Windows XP is no longer available from Microsoft, including automatic updates that help protect your PC.

Windows XP computers and the applications on them will continue to run, but new vulnerabilities discovered in the Windows XP platform will not be addressed by security updates or patches from Microsoft.  So, how can you stay protected?

1. Get a new PC

If your computer is running Windows XP there is a good chance that it is an older, lower spec computer.  Now may be a good time to consider replacing it.  ITS can provide support in purchasing and setting up a new computer.

2. Upgrade your PC

If your computer is reasonably powerful and you are not yet prepared to replace it, then you can upgrade it to a newer version of Windows.  ITS recommends Windows 7.  You will need to purchase a license to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 and backup any data you may have stored on your computer’s hard drive before upgrading.  ITS can work with you to upgrade your computer.

3. Disposal

You may have replaced your computer but decided to keep your older, Windows XP computer as a “backup” or as an additional workstation.  You may wish to consider simply disposing of it.  ITS can dispose of your old computer for you by removing and securely wiping the hard drive and submitting the computer for recycling.

What happens if my Windows XP computer is compromised?

ITS provides support for protecting your computer with anti-virus, and with virus removal.  However, if your Windows XP computer becomes compromised by a virus or other threat that cannot be reasonably removed then your computer may be disconnected from the campus network.

What about shared / kiosk computers running Windows XP

ITS is working with clients and partners throughout OVC to replace or upgrade all Windows XP computers.

Further information about the end of support for Windows XP is available from Microsoft at the following url:http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows/end-support-help.

OVC alumni hockey tradition continues

Posted: April 7, 2014

Many old friendships and on-ice rivalries were renewed over the weekend at the annual OVC Alumni Hockey Tournament.image

OVC’s unofficial rite of spring brought 150 participants and 12 teams from near and far, including players of all ages and abilities ranging from John McNally OVC ’70 and OVC ‘72’s Bob Saunders, Jim Mitchell, and Larry Booth; Cathy Gartley and Helen Wojcinski of OVC ’82, to many recent graduates and some current OVC students, faculty and staff.

The first-place team in the women’s division this year was OVC<92, while OVC 2013 finished on top of the open division (men & women). OVC 2013 also earned top honours for class participation.

This year’s recipients of the Al Peever Memorial Award for dedication and sportsmanship were Zbigniew and Helen Wocjinski OVC ’82. 

Many thanks to members of the tournament committee including Grant Maxie, Jim Fairles, Rob Tremblay, Kevin Kennaley, Brad Hanna, Mark Gemmill, Christine Coghlan, Bob Van Delst, Courtney Schott and Ryan Appleby. Special shout out to Brad Hanna for organizing referees and timekeepers; Rob Tremblay for his excellent photography; Kevin Kennaley as tournament treasurer; and Christine Coghlan and Bob Van Delst for organizing the players and teams.

Organizers also thanked the tournament sponsors including Hills Pet Nutrition, IDEXX Laboratories, OVC Alumni Association, Pet Trust, P&G Pet Care, Summit Veterinary Pharmacy and Vetoquinol.

Be sure to mark you calendars for next year. The 2015 OVC Alumni Hockey Tournament will be a special 25th anniversary edition and will take place April 17-18, 2015.

For more on the tournament, visit ovchockey.ca and the OVC Alumni Association’s Facebook page.


imageThe top finishers in the tournament were the OVC 92 women (top) and OVC 2013. Photos by Rob Tremblay.

OVC mourns passing of Gus Lagerquist

Posted: April 7, 2014

Members of the OVC community and the veterinary profession are mourning the loss of one of their dearest friends.

Gus Lagerquist died on Sunday at his home in Caledon at the age of 90. Funeral arrangements are being made through Ward Funeral Homes in Brampton. Check their website for details.

As a young man, Lagerquist studied to be a veterinarian but became an entrepreneur instead, helping many young OVC graduates start their practices along the way. Lagerquist founded Central Sales in 1953 and became a well-known and trusted distributor of veterinary products, and one of OVC’s most steadfast supporters.

In 2006, Lagerquist was named an honorary alumnus by the OVC Alumni Association.

Last summer, in honour of his 90th birthday, OVC established a new student award. The Gus Lagerquist Five “V” Award honours Lagerquist for his outstanding contributions as a “WWII Veteran who fought for Victory” who is “Very Valued by the Veterinary profession.”

The award will be presented for the first time at convocation in June to the Phase 4 student who typifies the character and dedication demonstrated by Lagerquist, by working to build class unity and teamwork, focusing on helping others and advocating for OVC within the College and externally.

Gus Lagerquist, centre, was named an honorary OVC alumnus in 2006. Shown with Gus are his wife Peggy, left, Dr. Clayton MacKay OVC ‘70, Dr. Elizabeth Stone, and Dr. Karyn Jones OVC 2001.

Province invests in OVC research

Posted: April 7, 2014

Ongoing research by two OVC faculty members is supported by funding announced last week by the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.

Liz Sandals, the minister of education and MPP for Guelph-Wellington, announced a $680,000 investment in six U of G research projects.Guelph-Wellington MPP Liz Sandals announced $680,000 in funding for U of G research projects on April 4.

Among the recipients were Dr. Adronie Verbrugghe, Clinical Studies, who received $109,042 for her comparative obesity research program. Her study is aimed at providing new methods to accurately determine whole body composition and caloric needs of dogs and cats.

Dr. Eva Nagy, Pathobiology, received $88,704 to support the purchase of biocontainment isolators that will enable researchers to safely develop new and more effective vaccines to protect poultry against infectious diseases that have a significant impact on the industry.

The provincial investment matches funding commitments made earlier this year by the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

For more, see the U of G news release.

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