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The Department of Pathobiology is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in veterinary and comparative pathology, veterinary infectious diseases and immunology. Our faculty members’ research ranges from the basic understanding of the mechanisms of disease caused by a wide range of agents (including emerging and zoonotic pathogens) to the different protective and pathological responses o host organisms. We offer advanced training in diagnostic anatomic and clinical pathology, as well as research training in our areas of expertise.


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February 2016 Department News

Dr. Byram Bridle received $12,265 from the Pet Trust Foundation for a project entitled "Construction and validation of viral-vectored vaccines to induce robust tumour-specific T cell responses in dogs with oral melanomas".

Dr. Darren Wood and Dr. Geoff Wood have received $28,653 from Pet Trust Foundation for their project entitled “Correlation between plasma and tumour cell microRNA in dogs with multicentric lymphoma”. The award will support DVSc student Karlee Craig’s

One of the featured breakout sessions at the 2016 Dairy Strong Conference was given by Dr. Bonnie Mallard where attendees took a look into High Immune Response Technology and Breeding Selection. >> more

Dr. Peregrine is urging shepherds against routine deworming as new dewormer offers new hope in resistance battle. Ontario Farmer >> January Publication.

Dr. Peregrine is just starting a two-year study with one of his graduate students to try to discover how widespread the fox tapeworm is among wild animal populations in southern Ontario. Guelph Mercury Articles >>  Jan 19 | Jan 20

Dr. Andrew Peregrine, Dr. Claire Jardine, and master’s student Jonathon Kotwa are investigating Echinococcus multilocularis. Known as the fox tapeworm, it’s found in the intestines of foxes and coyotes, and also affects small rodents such as voles and mice. 
>> OVC Bulletin  >> University of Guelph News Release 

Lab Aims to Make Chickens Healthier to Improve Food Safety. The chicken eggs in Prof. Shayan Sharif’s lab look like ordinary eggs, but they’re not.  >> more

Frozen fecal transplantation is effective at providing relief to Clostridium difficile (C. diff) patients, according to a new study co-authored by  Prof. Scott Weese. >> more

January 2016 Department News

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Dr. Julie Yager, Dr. Dorothee Bienzle, Dr. Chris Pinelli and Dr. CourtneySchott for receiving ACVP awards. >> more

OAHN Network has awarded Dr Patricia Turner with $50,000 towards the Development of a health and disease surveillance network for Ontario mink farms.

Dr John Prescott was named 2015 Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist by the American College  of Veterinary Microbiologists at the Conference of  Research Workers in Animal
Diseases held in Chicago in December. >> more

Dr Andrew Peregrine has received $45,000 from the Ontario Animal Health Network for a project entitled " Investigation of the prevalence of Echinococcus multilocularis and risk of infection in wild canids in Ontario".

Jonathon Kotwa, an MSc student with Dr Andrew Peregrine, has recently been awarded a 2015 Burroughs-Wellcome Travel Award to visit the National Veterinary Institute, Uppsala, Sweden for his wild canid surveillance project on Echinococcus multilocularis. Furthermore, in addition to funding from Bayer Animal Health ($52,000), this project has recently been awarded $19,500 from the National Center for Veterinary Parasitology at Oklahoma State University, USA

Pauline Delnatte - DVSc in Zoo Animal Medicine and Pathology, is now a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine. To date, 7 of our Zoo program students have written the ACZM exam, and all have passed on the first try. OVC students hold the record for this! Pauline is now an Associate Veterinarian at the Toronto Zoo and one of the clinical supervisors for the joint DVSc program with the zoo.

Jessica Walsh (MSc student, Turner lab) placed 2nd overall in the graduate student poster competition at the 2015 OMAFRA Emergency Management Expo held on December 1 for her poster entitled, "Evaluation and Validation of Appropriate On-farm Euthanasia Methods for Commercial Meat Rabbits".

There’s hope for CF patients in the form of research that could lead to more effective treatments – and possibly a cure. Pathobiology professor Sarah Wootton has received almost $300,000 in funding from Cystic Fibrosis Canada to study gene therapy that aims to replace the defective gene that causes CF with a functional one.  >> more

U of G researcher Dr Nicole Nemeth is studying the transmission and spread of the tick-borne virus.  >> more

Wildlife lab celebrates Nicole Nemeth and Jamie
passing the ACVP board exam this fall