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Foal Watch


Foal Watch is a program run by the Health Sciences Centre (HSC), located at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), and provides a service to clients who bring in premature and critically ill neonatal foals. Participants in the Foal Watch program may include students from across campus and the community and involvement can benefit the student but also the neonatal foal. Students benefit by gaining valuable experience and clinical insight into neonatal intensive care while the foal benefits by receiving 24-hour nursing care and monitoring. This around the clock care ensures that the foal receives the most comprehensive care possible, and helps them get through the most critical of times. The Foal Watch program typically runs from January to June, coinciding with the North American foaling season.

Foal Watch Updates

If you are interested in joining our team, follow the checklist below:

  • Attend ONE General Information Meeting
  • Fill out application form (given out at Meeting)
  • Submit a rabies titre

If you have any questions about the OVC Foal Watch program, please contact

For the most up-to-date information about the OVC Foal Watch program, please visit our Facebook page:

For information on the summer Foal Watch team, please email


General Information Meeting

Each year, we hold a General Information Meeting where everyone interested in the program can find out about Foal Watch and ask any questions they may have. These meetings are for further information for people interested in joining the Foal Watch program.

The General Information Meetings for the Winter 2019 Foal Watch Team have been scheduled on the following dates: 

Tuesday, September 25 2018 at 5:30 pm

Wednesday, September 26 2018 at 5:30 pm

Applications will be available at each meeting however if you cannot attend please contact


General Requirements for all Volunteer Programs

All areas in the Health Sciences Centre (HSC) accepting volunteers require medical proof of rabies immunizations, a confidentiality form and a signed liability waiver. Rabies titers are valid for 24 months, however the confidentiality form and liability waivers must be signed each year. 

Team Members

The Foal Watch Team is mainly made up of undergraduate students of various programs of the University of Guelph and students of the DVM program. Foal Watch provides students with great experience and clinical insight into neonatal intensive care. All volunteers must be 16 years or older and all volunteers must sign a waiver form and a confidentiality form which is included in the application. For safety reasons, you must have previous experience with horses to apply.

Foal Watch Requirements and Training

Students interested in becoming a member of the Foal Watch Team need to be fully immunized against Rabies and need to attend an Orientation session. Foal Watch requires rabies titer results that are recent within the last 24-months which are to be attached with the application. Once they have completed this they can sign up for one or more four-hour shifts per week as a volunteer/rookie member. Rookies receive further training from an experienced member who will be paired up with the rookie during his/her shift(s). Steel-toed boots must be worn during the shift, however coveralls will be provided.

Once a rookie has worked several shifts they may become eligible to move up to experienced status. This has the additional advantage of getting paid. To move up to experienced status, please contact