OVC Bulletin

Kick off lunch supports OVC United Way campaign

Posted: September 29, 2014

The OVC officially launches its annual United Way fundraising campaign this week.

Join colleagues and friends at the OVC Kick Off Lunch on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 1450 or the Pathobiology foyer.

Tickets are $5 and will get you a hot dog, chips and a soft drink. Condiments and chili topping available!

All proceeds support the United Way of Guelph Wellington Dufferin.

This year, the U of G has set a goal of $600,000 for its United Way campaign. See the news release for more.

Community meeting focuses on DVM curriculum

Posted: September 29, 2014

OVC faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend a community meeting this week for an update on the DVM curriculum.

The meeting will take place Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 12:30 p.m. in PAHL Room 1800.

OVC welcomes Class of 2018

Posted: September 29, 2014

Hundreds of member of OVC’s extended family were on hand to celebrate Saturday as the Class of 2018 was officially welcomed to the veterinary profession.

The annual Professional Welcome Ceremony is one of the major highlights of the year at OVC and marks an important milestone in journey of the first-year class through the four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program.

Dr. Franco Vaccarino, the University of Guelph’s new president, congratulated the Class of 2018 and reminded the audience how much the OVC and U of G contribute to our quality of life in Ontario and in particular to the provincial economy.

“Your chosen career will provide countless opportunities to contribute to animal and human health, as well as the health of the environment and our communities,” said Vaccarino, who was installed as president on Saturday afternoon.

The Professional Welcome Ceremony is hosted by OVC with the support of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO), the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) and the Ontario Veterinary College Alumni Association (OVCAA). Student veterinarians receive a lab coat from the CVMA, a stethoscope from the OVMA, a portfolio from the CVO and a gift from the OVCAA.

Other highlights this year included remarks from Guelph MPP and Ontario Minister of Education Liz Sandals, and a keynote address by Dr. Deb Stark, an OVC graduate and Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Stark said whether they are in practice or in government or academia or industry, veterinarians play a critical leadership role in their communities.

“Being a veterinarian is about having a healing point of view. Our perspective is to fix things and to make them better,” she said. “There is so much healing to be done. From cancer to climate change, parasites to pollinators, from animal welfare to algae on the Great Lakes, the world needs people who want to fix things.”

After the ceremony and lunch, there were brief talks by OVC faculty members and researchers highlighting the diverse roles of veterinarians in clinical practice, on farms, in translational medicine, and public health.

For more on the event, see the photo album on Facebook or watch the video.

Clinical skills enhanced by hands-on training

Posted: September 29, 2014


Practical clinical experience is invaluable for student veterinarians. They can refine their clinical, diagnostic and problem-solving skills in a veterinary practice environment.

This summer’s Externship Project offered a glimpse into the practical clinical experience DVM students gain during their Externship Course.

Dr. Elizabeth Stone, OVC dean, outlines the success of the Externship Course in the latest posting on the Externship Project blog. Read it here.


Rounds sessions explore timely topics in veterinary medicine

Posted: September 29, 2014

Veterinarians from throughout the region are invited to join OVC Health Sciences Centre (HSC) clinicians for another year of Veterinary Team Appreciation Rounds.

The first session of the fall 2014 schedule will take place Oct. 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Room 1713 of the OVC Lifetime Lifetime Learning Centre.

Dr. Conny Mosley, who is a member of OVC’s anesthesiology service and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, will discuss “Understanding pain and what you can do for your patients under anesthesia and beyond.”

Held monthly during the academic year, Veterinary Team Appreciation Rounds provide practitioners with an opportunity to engage with OVC specialists in an informal setting and discuss issues affecting their practice. Each session explores timely topics in veterinary medicine with OVC clinicians leading the discussion with information gleaned from recent cases in the HSC.

Each event is free and includes a light meal. Participants who attend in person will also receive 2.5 CE credits.

Planning to attend? Please RSVP by noon Oct. 21 by emailing ovcCE@uoguelph.ca. For more information, contact Victoria Wentzell at Ext. 5157 or  vwentzel@ovc.uoguelph.ca.

Can’t make it in person? The sessions are streamed live online. Here’s how to watch:

• Follow @ontvetcollege on Twitter

• The LiveStream link will be posted an hour before the event begins

• Watch it live on YouTube and tweet us your questions with #ovclivestream and you’ll get answers from OVC experts.

Get your CVSA merchandise this week

Posted: September 29, 2014

It’s that time again for the annual CVSA merchandise sale!

This year the CVSA is excited to launch two new designs, and both designs are available on t-shirts, long-sleeve tees, and hoodies in a plethora of colours. The sale will take place during the lunch hours (12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.) on Monday and Tuesday in Room 1713, OVC Lifetime Learning Centre.

Clothing is available to try on during both lunch hours, and please bring either a cheque or cash for ordering. T-shirts are $20, long-sleeve tees are $25, and hooded sweatshirts are $40. Everyone is welcome to come order some awesome new clothes!

If you have any questions feel free to contact Chanel Schwartzentruber, the CVSA Sr. Merchandise Director, at cschwart@mail.uoguelph.ca.


Global Vets presentations this week

Posted: September 29, 2014

Don’t forget that the 2013-2014 Global Vets presentations, brought to you by the International Veterinary Medicine Club, are being held THIS WEEK!

Come out to hear all about the students’ experiences practicing veterinary medicine in developing countries around the world and their impact on local communities and animals alike this past summer.

Global Vets participants will be sharing stories, photos, and details about the rewarding work they were involved in over several weeks and each session will conclude with a Q&A session, time permitting, to address any further questions about the projects and the Global Vets program in general.

The lunchtime presentations will take place Tuesday and Friday in Room 1714, OVC Lifetime Learning Centre at 12:30 p.m:

• Tuesday, Sept. 30

Team Central/ South America: Dan and Laura

Team Africa: Carmen, Sharon, and Jasmin 

• Friday Oct. 3

Team Thailand/ Laos: Michael, Phil, and Adam

Team Thailand: Nicole, Kaitlyn, Kara, and Trisha

Team Thailand: Sarah, Helen, Meaghan, and Kelly

Get your flu shot at OVC Nov. 3-4

Posted: September 29, 2014

Flu season is just around the corner and U of G’s Student Health Services will once again be providing free flu vaccine clinics at several locations including the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).

The OVC clinic will take place Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 in the OVC Learning Commons from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Last year’s clinic at OVC was such a success that this year it will take place over two days to meet demand.

The shots are free and health cards are NOT required. However, for safety reasons participants will need to remain  on-site for 15 minutes after the injection.

Visit Graduate Program Services at open house this week

Posted: September 29, 2014

Members of the OVC community are invited to celebrate the new location of the shared Graduate Program Services at an open house on Oct. 1.

The open house will take place on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Population Medicine Building (formerly Clinical Research Building), Room 101.

Come meet OVC’s Graduate Program Services team over coffee and cookies.

We look forward to meeting all faculty, graduate students and staff from the OVC Community.

OVMA extends membership offer to faculty

Posted: September 22, 2014

All OVC faculty members are invited to take advantage of a special membership offer from the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), the professional association representing thousands of veterinarians across Ontario.

The OVMA has generously offered to extend the practice rate to all OVC faculty members. That means you can join OVMA under the OVC’s clinic membership for just $195 plus HST. Graduate student memberships are free.

Click here to download the application form or visit the website for information about the benefits of joining.

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