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Clinical Studies

The Department of Clinical Studies provides undergraduate and graduate-level training and research in areas related to clinical veterinary medicine including surgery, cardiology, neurology and internal medicine. We are dedicated to the health and well being of companion animals (dogs and cats as well as birds and exotic species), performance animals (primarily horses) and individual food-producing animals. We offer advanced clinical training for DVM graduates leading to board certification in specialties ranging from anesthesiology to zoological medicine.


The Clinical Studies Bulletin: April 21, 2014

1)  Departmental Announcements:

  1. Next regular CS Department: May 30th @ 8-9am in room 2106
  2. Course Co-ordinator meeting May 14 @ 10-12 in room 2106
  3. Congratulations to Dr. Adronie Verbrugghe who was awarded a NSERC Discovery Grant of $29,000 for 5 years for her research project: “The role of the gut microbiota in feline energy metabolism”
  4. The NSERC Grant Writing Workshop  is scheduled for May 14, 2014, 1-4:30 pm, UC 103. The workshop will include grant writing tips for the Discovery Grants 2014 competition (notification of intent to apply deadline August 1, 2014), panelists’ review of elements of sample NSERC grant applications, and Information regarding internal review and associated deadlines, provided by colleges and Office of Research Services. RSVP to Patti Minakis, Office of Research Services at  by May 6, 2014. More Info:
  5. Message from Elizabeth Lowenger, Manager, Student Affairs, Dean's Office:
    We are doing well in filling the slots for the MMIs, but still need more faculty and DVMs for some shifts - especially on Friday. The following days need more people:

           For more information, contact Elizabeth Lowenger

  1. eCV Training Sessions at OVC (April 25 training has been cancelled):

  2. University Policy: Reviewing Final Exams:

  3. On May 3rd (Saturday night) Dr. Tom Gibson is organizing a benefit concert at Van Gogh's Ear downtown in support of kid's cancer initiatives and the Coast to Coast Cancer Foundation.  All proceeds of this show will go to the cause and support kids and their families living with and beyond cancer.  The show will start with a couple of opening acts and then feature Pogo Rodeo for the main set.  This is a band that features Tyler Stewart of Barenaked Ladies and Dr. Gibson is the lead singer.   Tickets can be purchased from Dr. Gibson at $15 advance or $20 at the door.  We had no tickets at the door last year.  Please spread the word so we can sell out again this year and support this great cause.   Hope you can make it!
  4. Remember to frequently check updated OVC research announcements:

2) Graduate Program:

  1. Final Oral Examination: Interested members of the University community are invited to attend
  • Connor Richardson - MSc Defense "An Investigation Into the Risk factors and Treatment Outcomes Associated With Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infection" Presentation: April 23rd, 1pm - Room 2106
  • Dr. Charles Bruce, DVSc Defense  “A comparison of Dynamic Compression Plates and Locking Compression Plates using Cantilever Bending in an Ilial Fracture Model” Presentation: April 28, 9am - Room 2106
  • Christina Martin - MSc Defense "Distribution of Neurokinin Receptors 2 and 3 in the Normal Equine Gastrointestinal Tract and Effect of Inflammation on Distribution of Neurokinin Receptors 1, 2 and 3 in the Jejunum” Presentation: April 29th, 9am - Room 2106
  • Aitor Gallastegui - MSc Defense "Anatomic nervous system to the airways of horses:  Para-sympathetic and sympathetic nerves." Presentation: April 29th, 1pm - Room 2106
  1. The OVC Graduate Awards Ceremony is being held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Lifetime Learning Centre. The event begins with a reception with sweets followed by the presentation of awards at 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Elizabeth Lowenger at 519-824-4120, ext. 54430 or by reply email.
  2. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs will be hosting the 12th annual Food Safety Research Forum in Guelph on May 8, 2014. The conference is free to attend and as part of the Forum, there is a call for graduate student posters related to food safety. The poster call is an excellent way for students to showcase their research and network with food safety professionals. There are also cash prizes for the top 3 posters as selected by conference participants. More details to register for the conference and respond to the poster call are found in the attachments and also via this link:
  3. Grad Student Evaluation Reports are due the end of April for the Winter 2014 semester - the form is available here:
    DVSc Students should be submitting a Graduate Student Evaluation Report, Clinical Evaluation Report and Vacation/Sick Days Form.  If you have had a meeting please attach a copy of your minutes.  All other Grad Students should be submitting a Graduate Student Evaluation Report. If you have had a meeting please attach a copy of your minutes. Remember that ALL advisory committee members are required to sign off on the evaluation report form. Please contact Deyna for copies of the forms if you do not have them.