Systematic reviews highlight research opportunities

February 27, 2020

Illustration of meta-analysisNew research from the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) is highlighting the value of systematic reviews and identifying opportunities for further discovery in antimicrobial stewardship. 

Prudent and effective use of antimicrobials is critical to minimize the prospect of bacteria becoming resistant to the medicine used to treat them. Antimicrobial resistance is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century across human and veterinary...

Hands-on training to solve life’s ‘messy’ problems

February 24, 2020

Student veterinarians practiced tick-dragging techniques during the Ecoystem Health rotation.Complex problems require collaborative solutions. An innovative elective course for final year Canadian student veterinarians is providing hands-on training in solving challenges at the One Health intersection of animals, humans and the environment.

“The Ecosystem Health rotation exposes students to complex real-world problems, the process they need to manage these issues and work they need to do to develop solutions to solve them,” says Prof. Claire Jardine, course co-ordinator and professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the...

Traveling this winter? You might want to reconsider your pre-vacation tanning

February 18, 2020

Photo of tanning bed (IStock credit_Credit_Santje09)Using tanning beds to get that pre-vacation ‘base tan’ is still popular, despite well-documented research that they increase the risk of skin cancer, greatly. Is enough being done to teach users about the risks?

Unlike graphic photos of smoking-related diseases on cigarette packaging – said by many to effectively turn off potential smokers – tanning bed warning labels consist...

Future veterinarians develop workplace confidence

February 11, 2020

The pressure to chart a post-graduation path can be daunting for fourth-year veterinary students. But programs like Ruminant Field Services (RFS) are reducing that stress by preparing veterinarians to join the workforce with confidence. As part of the Ontario AgriFood Innovation Alliance, the Veterinary Capacity Program (VCP) provides support for RFS, a learner-centred initiative that allows students to combine academics and real-world skills through working with a practising veterinarian.  VCP provides annual funding to the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) The pressure to chart a post-graduation path can be daunting for fourth-year veterinary students. But programs like Ruminant Field Services (RFS) are reducing that stress by preparing veterinarians to join the workforce with confidence. As part of the Ontario AgriFood Innovation Alliance, the Veterinary Capacity Program (VCP) provides support for RFS, a learner-centred initiative that allows students to combine academics and real-world skills through working...