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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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April 2016 Department News

Amanda MacDonald, PhD candidate with Drs. Nicole Nemeth and Claire Jardine was awarded a student research grant ($4000) from the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH).  The name of the award is: OFAH/St. Catharines Game and Fish Association/Conservation Club of West Lincoln Fish & Wildlife Research Grant

Congratulations to Poultry Health Research Network for its recent Research Day event which was a great success. The event had an attendance of 106 representing academic, industry and government research institutions. A series of brief research presentations made by students and postdocs as well as the UofG faculty and industry representatives was very well received. For more information visit

Pathology is a lot like putting a puzzle together – a systematic, step-by-step puzzle. It is the field in medicine where a lot of aspects of clinical learning come together to arrive at a diagnosis – anatomy, physiology, radiology and disease investigation, says Dr. Brandon Plattner, in the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College. >> OVC Bulletin article

Collaboration a key theme of poultry research day. Connections and collaboration were a key theme during the Poultry Health Research Network (PHRN) Research Day at the University of Guelph last week. The research day brought together representatives from government, industry and academia to provide updates on current research and prompt discussion for future collaborations. >> OVC Bulletin >>

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 project.

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