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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 15, 2014

1)  Departmental Announcements:

  1. Course Co-ordinator meeting May 14 @ 10-12 in room 2106
  2. Undergraduate Examination Policies 2013-2014:
  3. eCV Training Sessions at OVC (April 25 training has been cancelled):
  4. The Learning Outcomes Program Planning Committee is pleased to invite proposals for the October 16-17 Learning Outcomes: A Toolkit for Assessment event, to be held in Toronto, Ontario. This year’s event will focus on how learning outcomes can be used as tools at various levels across an institution. Examples include using them as indicators or benchmarks in quality assurance, student success, student assessment, credit transfer and curriculum development. As in previous years, sessions will be interactive, with hands-on workshops that focus on the assessment of course and program learning outcomes.

The deadline to submit proposals is July 10, 2014. More info available HERE

  1. Message from: Steve Nyman, Director, Maintenance & Energy Services:

We are now in that time of year when there may be large fluctuations in temperatures and it becomes challenging to maintain indoor air temperatures at normal set points. Most of our HVAC systems on campus are designed to be either in heating mode or cooling mode and it takes days to convert from one mode to the other. Since overnight temperatures can go below freezing at this time of year, there is a real risk of freezing coils and over cooling systems in buildings if we switch over to cooling mode too early.

As always, we are taking a number of actions to mitigate the rising temperatures in buildings including: maximizing fresh air intake, checking thermostats for proper set point, and troubleshooting those buildings where the temperatures are unusually warm. We are also monitoring daily reviews of the long-range forecast and building temperatures and carefully planning the switchover to cooling mode.

Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to maintain building temperatures as close to set point as possible.

  1. Remember to frequently check updated OVC research announcements:

2) Graduate Program:

  1. Final Oral Examination:
  • 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. Grand Rounds: Wednesday, April 16 @ 8am in room 1434:
  • Dr. Andrea Sanchez Lazaro “Anesthetic management of a dog with portosystemic shunt”
  1. 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:
  2. 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.
    M E M O R A N D U M
    To: OVC Faculty and Graduate Students
    From: Shayan Sharif, Acting Associate Dean, Research and Innovation
    Re: Graduate student support opportunities

OVC Scholarship competition (for non-DVM graduates) Due to our collective efforts to expand graduate enrollment we have accrued additional funds to offer an OVC Scholarship competition this year. This competition comprises several new OVC scholarships including:

  • PhD positions ($14,000 plus benefits per annum for 3 years)
  • *MSc positions ($12,000 plus benefits per annum for 2 years)

It is expected that the advisor and/or student will obtain additional financial support for the remainder of the required minimum graduate student stipend.

The deadline for this OVC scholarship competition is April 30, 2014 or until all positions are filled. Please submit applications to Barbara Gaudette (

The OVC scholarship competition is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are not currently enrolled in the graduate program.All awardees are required to apply for external scholarships while holding an OVC scholarship or fellowship. *Note: MSc scholarships are only available to students who are pursuing a thesis-based MSc degree.

The terms and conditions of the awards and application forms can be obtained at:

For questions please contact Barbara Gaudette (ext. 54406)

3) Narcotics and Controlled Drugs Committee – Update:

  1. Health Canada Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Section 56 Exemptions: The new requirement for all researchers to apply for Section 56 exemption when using controlled drugs in research was announced to the OVC community last week via email. This is not a new form – historically non-veterinary researchers have had to do this, so Heather Kidston is very familiar with the process and can help facilitate researchers in completing the required paperwork. Important things to note:
    • There will be a check box on the OR-5 form that a Section 56 Exemption will be required; this check box will serve to remind researchers that they need to get one before they can receive their funds if their study involves controlled drugs. Researchers with studies currently in progress that utilize controlled drugs will need to apply (there will be a transition “grace period” to get this done).
    • A separate form is required for each controlled drug to be used in the study (with all forms related to a single study submitted together)
    • Researchers should apply for the exemption roughly around the same time they submit their AUP for a study.
    • An approved exemption form is only valid for one year; for longer studies, the researcher will need to apply for renewal.
    • The full information about this will also be posted on the Office of Research Website.
  2. Euthansol Count-backs on Large Animal Omnicells: In order to maintain an accurate running count of both 30ml and 60ml syringes of Euthansol whenever the Omnicell drawers are accessed, these two syringe sizes will soon be separated into two different drawers.
  3. Handling of Controlled Drugs by students or technicians: Please note the general procedure regarding handling of controlled drugs by non-veterinarians (eg. students) is that students cannot sign out (take from Pharmacy or the Omnicell) Controlled Drugs, but they are able to be given a single dose to then administer to their patients without supervision. They must not be given more than a single dose at a time when not being supervised for the administration of the drug.
  4. Storage of Controlled Drugs in the HSC: While Tramadol is not officially a Controlled Drug as per Health Canada, it is a commonly abused substance and is therefore treated as a Controlled Drug at OVC. There are occasions when this drug or other controlled substances are dispensed from the Pharmacy for patient discharge, but the case remains in hospital a bit longer so treatments are required – in this event, the bag of medication is to be stored in the Omnicell while the patient is still in hospital, not out in the wards. A drawer in the SA ICU Omnicell is being organized for this purpose. There will be a sign in the drawer reminder clinicians to only remove a single dose at a time (the only time the full vial is removed is at the time of patient discharge).

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