From the classroom to the clinic

July 5, 2019

Ontario Veterinary College student veterinariansDiagnostics, clinical skills, problem solving, and working with clients are all critical pieces in a student veterinarian’s education. Hands-on opportunities are invaluable. 

Student veterinarians heading into their final year of study at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College move from lectures and labs into a year of intensive clinical and diagnostic training, beginning with an eight-week externship in a rural veterinary practice. It is a defining experience as they move from the classroom to the...

Ontario Veterinary College alumni honoured with awards

July 2, 2019

Ontario Veterianry College Alumni Association 2019 Award winnersThree Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) alumni were recently recognized for their accomplishments and contributions to OVC and the veterinary profession.

Dr. Clayton MacKay, OVC 1970 was awarded the Ontario Veterinary College Alumni Association (OVCAA) Distinguished Alumnus Award; Dr. Colleen Best, OVC 2009, received the OVCAA Young Alumnus Award; and Dr. Doreen Houston, OVC 1980, received the OVCAA Volunteer Award during University of Guelph Alumni Weekend celebrations in late...

OVC professor appointed Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies

June 24, 2019

Dr. Shayan Sharif, Ontario Veterinary College, University of GuelphDr. Shayan Sharif has been appointed as the incoming Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). Dr. Sharif begins a five-year term on September 1, 2019. 

A professor of poultry immunology, Sharif has been Acting-Chair and then Chair of the OVC’s Department of Pathobiology since September 2017 and a professor in the department since 2001. He holds a DVM from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tehran, as well as a PhD in Immunology and Immunogenetics in Pathobiology at...

Dairy Data Evolution

June 20, 2019

Photo of dairy cows with veterinarians in the backgroundToday’s dairy farmers and veterinarians have access to unlimited data streams about the health of an individual animal or an entire herd— but that hasn’t always been the case. In Ontario, before the 1960s, it was commonplace for dairy farmers to call on veterinary care only when an individual cow needed assistance — and there was little written documentation about each visit. But that all changed in the early 1960’s, when two Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) faculty members, Drs. Jack Cote and Bob Curtis, began enrolling herds in a dairy herd health initiative. The program was designed...