OVC Bulletin

OVC welcomes senior development manager

Posted: August 18, 2014

The OVC and University of Guelph welcome a new member of the development team this week.


Carly O’Brien begins her role as OVC’s senior development manager effective Aug. 18.

O’Brien brings a wealth of experience in organizational development, community/client relations and sales. Most recently, she has been a principal/owner at The Achievement Centre, and was formally an assistant vice principal with the Upper Grand District School Board. An active volunteer in the community, she is the incoming chair of the Guelph Wellington Chamber of Commerce and volunteers with the Foundation of the Guelph General Hospital.

O’Brien holds an honours B.Sc. in biology from the University of Waterloo’s co-op program and a B.Ed from the University of Toronto. She is passionate about the University of Guelph and its role in our community. As a former horse show competitor and current “dog person,” Carly is looking forward to highlighting the work and impact of the OVC.

Congratulations to SLRP poster winners

Posted: August 18, 2014

Congratulations to the following students for their excellent poster presentations to wrap up the Summer Leadership and Research Program (SLRP).

First Place

Daniel Kim:  “A retrospective evaluation of thrombomodulin expression in tissues from dogs with systemic inflammatory disease”

Chanel Schwartzentruber: “Evaluating the accuracy and reliability of the FAMACHA© eye colour chart in sheep using different light sources”

Second Place:

Ceilidh  Barlow-Cash: Evaluating macrophage activity of Canadian dairy cows characterized by an imbalanced adaptive immune response phenotype”

Fernando  Salgado-Bierman: “Raptor mortality in Ontario”

Meagan Walker: “Evaluating the impact of biofilm production of Staphylococcus pseudintermedius on antimicrobial susceptibility in vitro

Third Place

Andrew Chong: “Effect of platelet lysate on canine mesenchymal stem cells”

Ellen Denstedt: “Investigation of scar-free wound healing in the leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius)

Robert Mould: Combining antigen presenting cell-based vaccination with oncolytic viruses for the treatment of prostate cancer”

Joseph Okudolo: “Differences in monocyte-derived macrophage activity between Canadian Holstein dairy cows classified as high and low immune responders”

imageWinners of the SLRP poster presentations (clockwise from top): Joseph Okudolo, Andrew Chong, Robert Mould, Daniel Kim, Meagan Walker, Fernando Salgado-Bierman, Ceilidh Barlow-Cash, Ellen Denstedt, Chanel Schwartzentruber.

Celebrate summer at annual OVC ice cream event

Posted: August 18, 2014


Faculty, students and staff are invited celebrate the final weeks of summer and look ahead to the new school year at the annual OVC Community Ice Cream Event on Tuesday.

The celebration takes place tomorrow from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the courtyard between the Pathobiology / AHL building and the Lifetime Learning Centre. The rain location will be the OVC cafeteria.

Join members of the OVC dean’s office as they serve up free ice cream and mark another great year.

Funding available for infectious disease research

Posted: August 18, 2014

OVC researchers are encouraged to apply for funding opportunities with the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD).

The IIAD is now considering white papers for funding research and development (R&D) and education projects that can be completed in a 12-month period or less. All white papers and proposals will be evaluated through a highly competitive peer review process.

The deadline for submissions is Sept. 15.

Successful projects will relate to transformative, evolving, and/or maturing R&D technologies that demonstrate significant improvement in the Institute’s mission or the operations of IIAD stakeholders.

For more information about the call for proposals and the IIAD’s current research priorities, visit the IIAD website.

Blood donor cat in need of permanent home

Posted: August 18, 2014

A ‘graduate’ of OVC’s feline blood donor program is in need of an adoptive family.

Dart has finished her time as a blood donor and is looking for a permanent home.   She is a 2 1/2-year-old  female spayed domestic shorthair.   She is current with her vaccines, is affectionate and playful.

Dart prefers not to share her owner with anyone and would benefit for going to a home without other pets.

If you are interested in meeting Dart or getting more information, please contact Alison Downie at 226-924-5792 or adownie@uoguelph.ca.

SLRP poster presentations this week

Posted: August 11, 2014

Participants in the Summer Leadership and Research Program (SLRP) will share results of their research projects with the OVC community this week as they wrap-up this year’s program.

The poster sessions will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 12 and 13 in the back of the OVC Learning Commons.

Tuesday’s poster session will include 15 posters from students in the Master of Biomedical Sciences degree. This poster session is part of the requirements of their program. See the poster schedule for more information. 

Dr. Fran Rotondo, DVM, Merial Canada, talks with SLRP students during a networking session.

OVC faculty and graduate students will act as evaluators, reviewing the scientific and educational poster projects for clarity, overall design, and the student’s ability to present the information.

The program will officially wrap up with a luncheon and awards presentations for posters on Friday. All SLRP participants and their advisors are welcome. Please RSVP to Elizabeth Lowenger at lowenger@uoguelph.ca.

The SLRP is designed to nurture undergraduate students’ interest in research, academia and graduate programs. It provides DVM and undergraduate students from across the University of Guelph the opportunity to interact with scientists and veterinarians working in diverse fields. The program includes field trips, attendance at scientific conference and professional development workshops, as well as a Round Table series with invited guests working in a variety of areas.

See the SLRP website for more information.

Guelph hosts first walk to end canine cancer

Posted: August 11, 2014

Help OVC Pet Trust put a leash on cancer and join colleagues, friends, fellow dog lovers — and their dogs — as Guelph hosts its first Smiling Blue Skies Walk to End Canine Cancer.

The family-friendly fundraising event will take place Sept. 6 at York Road Park, 85 York Road, Guelph.

OVC faculty, staff and students are encouraged to sign up and help make the Guelph event the biggest yet for the Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund, which since 2001 has raised over $1.4 million to advance cancer treatment and research at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).

So sign up as an individual or organize a team with friends and colleagues. All proceeds go to OVC Pet Trust in support of innovative research and treatment at OVC.

Amanda Raymond organized the Guelph walk in memory of her dog Charger, who died of lymphoma last year.  She and Charger had participated in the Toronto Smiling Blue Skies Walk only a month before, and Amanada is hoping the Guelph walk will inspire others to help in the fight against cancer.

For more about Charger’s story, watch the video.

The event gets underway Sept. 6 with registration at 9 a.m. The 4.6-kilometre walk begins at 10 a.m., with the start and finish at the covered bridge. Refreshments and snacks will be available, and there will be a silent auction, prizes for the top pledge collectors, and more.

To register and download a pledge form, visit the Smiling Blue Skies 2014 – Guelph website.


Joy of being a vet explored in New York Times

Posted: August 11, 2014

The Dean of the Ontario Veterinary College was quoted recently in an article included in a special issue of Education Life published by the New York Times.

Dr. Elizabeth Stone talks about how literature can help students and veterinarians retain their sense of joy about their chosen profession.

The article discusses how Stone co-founded  the Society for Veterinary Medicine and Literature with Hilde Weisert and mentions their recent book, Animal Companions, Animal Doctors, Animal People.

For more, read the article.

OVC poultry research highlighted in yearbook

Posted: August 11, 2014


OVC research aimed at identifying on-farm practices that influence the presence of pathogens on chicken farms is featured in the 2013-2014 Agri-Food Yearbook Edition of the University of Guelph’s Research magazine.

Dr. Michael Eregae recently completed his PhD in the Department of Population Medicine, supported by the Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) scholarship from OMAFRA. The scholarship program — which provides some business background to graduate students conducing research related to agriculture and food — enabled Eregae to complete a work semester at the Chicken Farmers of Ontario.

Eregae’s research is focused on improving poultry farm management and biosecurity practices to control problematic viruses.

For more, read the magazine.

OVC grad helping local entrepreneurs at startup event

Posted: August 11, 2014

A recent OVC graduate and entrepreneur will be one of the judges at Guelph’s first-ever “Startup Weekend” Aug. 15-17.

Dr. Adam Little OVC ’13 will be one of the local business leaders offering advice, constructive criticism and feedback to participants who will be pitching their ideas for new ventures at the event that aims to connect Guelph’s makers and doers on an off-campus.  The event runs from Friday at 6:30 p.m. to Sunday at 9 p.m. in the McLaughlin Library.

For more about the event, see the U of G news release or visit the website.

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