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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.


Faculty Three Minute Seminars

Pathobiology held it’s first Three Minute Faculty Seminars on Friday June 27th. Participants were Dorothee Bienzle, Jeff Caswell, John Lumsden, Andrew Peregrine, Brandon Plattner, Dale Smith and Scott Weese. Judges included graduate students Russell Fraser,  Ryan Horricks, Neda Barjesteh, Allie Rasiuk , Alex Leveille, Kelly Fleming and Mosun Ogedengbe.  The seminars were enjoyed by all, with Dale Smith awarded 1st place and Andrew Peregrine receiving 2nd.


July 16-19, Dr. Shayan Sharif and the Poultry Health Research Network will be hosing the AIGR 2014 Avian Immunology Research Group Conference. For information and registration please visit


Dr. Andrew Peregrine was interviewed on CTV-Kitchener in June to discuss ticks and Lyme disease in Ontario, to view the clip go to

Dr. John Prescott discusses Canada’s need to improve to reach gold in antibiotic stewardship, read the article at He was also featured in a CBC News story about the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance and efforts to control the overuse of antibiotics in Canadian agriculture. For more, see the story on the CBC website and watch the video. Prescott was a featured speaker at last week’s Summit of Veterinary Leaders, part of the 2014 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s annual conference. This year’s theme was “Antimicrobial Stewardship: A New World Order.”

Dr. Patricia Turner was presented with the 2014 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Humane Award at the CVMA’s annual conference held last week in St. John’s, N.L, read the article at

Members of OVC ‘70 have raised nearly $200,000 as a class project in memory of Dr. Robert Brandt, their class president who died in 2008. The OVC 1970 Bob Brandt Fund will support student learning in the fourth-year ecosystem health elective, coordinated by Dr. Claire Jardine. Read the article at