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OVC ranks first in Canada - top seven worldwide for veterinary schools

The University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) is celebrating a continued top ten ranking among veterinary schools in the world through the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) university rankings. 

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 ranked OVC seventh worldwide, as well as first in Canada and third in North America.

Since QS first included veterinary science in their rankings in 2015 OVC has consistently placed in the top 10.

“We are extremely proud of OVC’s exceptional faculty, staff and students whose commitment to research and teaching excellence ensures our success as a sought-after hub of expertise in veterinary science.” says OVC Dean Jeff Wichtel. “Our success also speaks to our rich contributions to improve the health of animals, people and the world we live in.”

The QS ranking methodology focuses on key areas of academic reputation, research impact, and the desirability of graduates by employers.

OVC is one of five accredited veterinary colleges in Canada. Employer satisfaction surveys indicate that new graduates from OVC’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine consistently rank high and there is a 100 per cent employment rate within the first six months after graduating.

OVC research – including agri-food, clinical medicine and translation research - is recognized and celebrated nationally and internationally. 

The college holds almost $40 million in active research funding through more than 300 research grants, including more than $6 million for CIHR funded projects and $10 million for NSERC projects. 

In addition to this research, OVC has more than 40 projects supported by a unique partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), underlining U of G and OVC’s strong links to the Ontario agri-food industry. 

Recent federal funding includes $426,622 to OVC professor Bonnie Mallard, Department of Pathobiology, to adapt high immune response technology developed for dairy cattle to help improve beef cattle health and welfare. The technology earned Mallard a 2017 Governor General’s Award for Innovation. Mallard heads up one of three U of G genomics projects which recently received federal funding worth $1.5 million.

A new study with Pathobiology professor Geoff Wood and collaborators at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, U.K. is the first to compare cancer genomes across human, canine and equine tumours, the first to sequence horse tumours and the first sequencing study of this scale on dog melanoma. The study was designed to pinpoint key genes that are mutated in mucosal melanoma. Comparing cancers across species may help in pinpointing the most relevant drug targets.

OVC professor Dr. Stephen LeBlanc, Department of Population Medicine, was one of three University of Guelph professors named to the prestigious Clarivate Analytics list of “Highly Cited Researchers” for 2018. The list, published annually, includes researchers ranking in the top one per cent by citations for field and publication year. LeBlanc, who studies animal production systems, began his career working in dairy veterinary practice before joining U of G where he teaches veterinary and agriculture students and provides clinical farm service.

In spring 2018, OVC veterinary surgical oncologist Dr. Michelle Oblak led a successful reconstructive skull surgery, implanting a custom 3-D printed skull plate in a dog during surgery at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine The story garnered media attention around the world, with most notable coverage in The New York Times, CNN, BBC, CBS Evening News, TIME, People, The Canadian Press, The Globe and Mail and more.

OVC and U of G strengths in veterinary science and agri-food have been noted in additional educational rankings. In 2017, U of G’s OVC also ranked first in Canada for veterinary sciences in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. The U of G was recognized at number one in Canada for food science and technology and number two for agricultural sciences. 

The annual World University Rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), an international education network, name the world’s best universities in 48 academic subjects. QS looked at some 1,000 universities from 151 countries, the most comprehensive global overview by discipline of higher education.

Read more on the University of Guelph website

From her undergraduate to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine to graduate degree, learn why Dr. Michelle Oblak chose the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College for her degrees and how her education and training are helping her to Improve Life.

(Photo: custom 3-D printed skull plate.)