OVC Bulletin

Symposium showcases U of G cancer research

Posted: April 21, 2014

An upcoming symposium will highlight the broad range of cancer research taking place at the University of Guelph.

The 2014 Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation (ICCI) Research Symposium will take place May 15 in the OVC Lifetime Learning Centre.

imageDr. Deborah Knapp

Abstracts for short talks and poster presentations are invited from researchers involved in all aspects of cancer investigation. The deadline for abstracts is May 5.

The keynote speaker this year is Dr. Deborah Knapp, director of the comparative oncology program at Purdue University. Her talk, titled “Urinary bladder cancer: applying comparative oncology research to transform the outlook for humans and dogs,” will take place at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1714.

All interested members of the university committee are invited to attend. Registration is free. The deadline for pre-registration is May 12.

For more information, see the poster or visit the ICCI website.

Grad students receive CIHR support

Posted: April 21, 2014

Hawmid Azzizi, Cristine Reitz, Ritesh Briah and Simone ten Kortenaar.

Four graduate students in the Department of Biomedical Sciences have been received CIHR Master’s Studentship awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

“The awards are a testament to the high quality of graduate students we are attracting to our program,” said Dr. Neil MacLusky, chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

The recipients are:

• Hawmid Azizi

Advisor: Dr. Bettina Kalisch. Hawmid is studying the molecular pathways involved in Alzheimer’s disease.

• Ritesh Briah

Advisor: Dr. Roger Moorehead. Ritesh is examining the role of Akt inhibitors in lung cancer tumour suppression.

• Cristine Reitz

Advisor: Dr. Tami Martino. Cristine is investigating how circadian rhythm influences  adaptive immune response to healing in heart attack patients.

• Simone ten Kortenaar

Advisor: Dr. Jim Petrik. Simone is assessing the effectiveness of a new drug developed to inhibit blood vessel growth and trigger tumour cell death in ovarian cancer.

Temporary phone service shutdown on Saturday

Posted: April 21, 2014

The OVC’s telephone services will be shut down temporarily on Saturday to allow for maintenance on the entire University of Guelph telephone network.

The telephones will be offline from 7 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on April 26. However, the OVC website will be unaffected and the OVC Health Sciences Centre (HSC) answering service will be available.

To contact the HSC — including the Companion Animal Hospital / Small Animal Clinic, Animal Cancer Centre, Smith Lane Animal Hospital, Large Animal Hospital or Ruminant Field Service — during the shutdown, please call 1-877-682-3637.

OVC scientist in the news

Posted: April 21, 2014

An OVC professor is quoted in an article about a new antibiotics policy adopted by the Chicken Farmers of Canada.

Canada’s 2,700 poultry farmers are voluntarily putting an end to the practice of injecting eggs with the antibiotic ceftiofur due to concerns about resistant strains of salmonella in both humans and chickens.

Calling it a textbook example of antibiotic-resistant pathogens moving from farm to fork, Dr. John Prescott, Pathobiology, says the government should have stopped the injections years ago.

For more, read the article in the Ottawa Citizen.

Conversat tickets selling fast – get yours today

Posted: April 21, 2014

Tickets are selling quickly for the Conversat, a signature event of this year’s Alumni Weekend celebrations marking the University of Guelph’s 50th anniversary.

A large number of OVC alumni have already purchased tickets and tables for this event – if you’d like to attend, don’t delay, order your tickets today at https://www.uoguelph.ca/alumni/cgi-bin/conversat.pl. The evening begins from 5:30 to 8 p.m. with a Gala Reception and Dinner ($125 + HST per person includes reception, dinner and evening of entertainment with midnight champagne buffet and fireworks.) You can buy individual tickets or book a table of 10.

'Conversazione' or 'Conversat' means, “meeting for conversation.”  Beginning in 1904, the Conversat was a key social event for faculty, staff, students and friends of the Guelph colleges.  The 2014 Conversat will involve all of the colleges and many units from across campus.

OVC will host the Café Nostalgiain the University Centre Atrium where guests cangroove to the music of Dylan and more at a beatnik coffee house reminiscent of the 1960s.  Local talent will entertain guests while they enjoy a warm mocha brew.

Guests may also enjoy: British Invasion with a musical tribute to the 1960s in Peter Clark Hall; Casablanca with music by the Royal City Big Band; Speakeasy with hot jazz in the Rozanski Concourse, Reunion at the ‘Ring with 70s and 80s dancing to the DJ; and A Space Odyssey with entertainment by the fusion funk bank God Made Me Funky in the Engineering Atrium.

The evening finishes up with a Champagne Buffet and fireworks at 12 a.m. at the marquee tent on Johnson Green.

For more informationm, see the U of G alumni website.

Exhibit commemorates wartime efforts of veterinarians

Posted: April 21, 2014

Several artifacts from the OVC archives will be on display this summer at a special exhibit presented by  the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum at the Experimental Farm near Ottawa. The exhibit, titled “Canadian Veterinarians Caring for War Horses,” commemorates the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

The exhibit will run for a year and feature the C.A.V. Barker Museum’s collection of items from the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps, a unit of the army that provided crucial veterinary care to the thousands of horses from mounted units as well as animals used to haul munitions and supplies. Not only did the Corps provide a critical service during the war, but it raised the profile of the Canadian veterinary profession at home and abroad through its professionally-trained veterinarians who conducted themselves with great skill and professionalism.

Ryerson University will explore the Canadian roots of Winnie the Pooh in an exhibit this fall.

Remembering the Real Winnie: The World’s Most Famous Bear Turns 100 will run at Ryerson Oct. 25 to Nov. 15. It will explore the themes of veterinary practice during the First World War; military life at camp and at the front; as well as the genesis and popular legacy of Winnie-the-Pooh. The central feature of the exhibition will be OVC graduate Harry Colebourn’s never before displayed wartime diaries that tell the story from 1914 when Harry leaves for England to 1919 when he donates Winnie to the London Zoo. The exhibition will also feature items from the Colebourn family collection such as Harry’s veterinary tools and photographs.

For more, see the article in the Toronto Star.

Medals belonging to Dr. George Rose OVC 1915, as well as various veterinary instruments will be on display in Ottawa.

Avian & exotics chief joins journal editorial board

Posted: April 21, 2014

The chief of the OVC Health Sciences Centre’s avian and exotic medicine service has joined the editorial review board of one of the leading journals in the field.

Dr. Hugues Beaufrère joins colleagues from across the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia on the editorial board of the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine.

The journal features peer-reviewed research, review articles and case reports as well as news and practical advice aimed at practitioners who treat avian and exotic pets.

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).

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