Program Teaches Farm Animal Standards to Animal Welfare Officers

February 10, 2016

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) is mandated by the province’s animal cruelty legislation to protect all domesticated animals, not just dogs and cats. But OSPCA agents come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and may not be familiar with livestock, poultry and horses, and the acceptable standards of care for these animals.

Cue the University of Guelph’s Campbell Centre for Animal Welfare, where faculty have been...

Lifelong fascination with genetics translates to significant advances in animal reproductive biotechnology

February 8, 2016

Dr. Allan King has always been interested in genetics. Growing up on a farm, King was fascinated with the concepts that explained why some Holstein cows were red and white while others were black and white.

His lifelong fascination with genetics has translated into significant contributions in animal reproductive biotechnology.

The Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Animal Reproductive Technologies has established a research...

Improving Disease Response Goal of New UofG Tool

February 1, 2016

A new decision-making tool created at the University of Guelph could aid in the complicated task of prioritizing responses to zoonotic diseases and outbreaks.

Many diseases can jump from animals to humans, says Jan Sargeant, director of Guelph’s Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, and a professor in the Department of Population Medicine at U of G’s Ontario Veterinary College.

Zoonotic diseases account for more than 60 per cent of all communicable diseases, and 75 per cent...

Tweets provide flu data: #bluewithflu

January 29, 2016

Hash-tagging your flu-season blues could help track other disease outbreaks, especially among millennials, says a University of Guelph researcher.

Adam Beswick, a MSc. student in epidemiology in the Ontario Veterinary College's Department of Population Medicine, says that when millennials get sick, their first reaction may be to Tweet about it rather than go see  a doctor, where flu cases care normally recorded and reported.

As a result, there may be valuable information...

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