CORE Activity Blog

Pathobiology Department Open House - Cara Aitchison

Posted August 10, 2020

Through the Summer CORE program, I learned a lot in preparation for my poster through the Pathobiology Department Open House. I had been researching a lot about various pulmonary diseases in dogs and cats for my project, especially about pulmonary carcinomas. The open house was a great opportunity to learn about research investigating different aspects of pulmonary diseases. Dr. Caswell’s presentation about his research on bovine respiratory disease and the underlying pathogenesis of M. haemolytica and M. bovis was very interesting.

Lessons from those before you, DVM Networking and the Summer CORE Program 2020 - Daniel Lindo

Posted August 10, 2020

Hello, my name is Daniel and I am a Zoology Major going into my 4th year here at the University of Guelph. Over the course of the Summer CORE programme I have been attending open houses and talks with amazing researchers but I somehow could not see myself writing about any of them. There have been 3 sessions however that have been extremely enjoyable and amazing learning opportunities, the 3 networking sessions with DVMs.  These events have been amazing for me as I love to speak with people who have experienced the things that I would like to experience in the future. 
 

BSc Networking Event (July 23rd) & Biomedical sciences Open House - Asfandyaar Talhat

Posted August 10, 2020

Through out the OVC CORE Program, I had only been able to attend a few sessions. Namely, the BSc Networking event and the biomedical open house. 
 

DVM Networking Session July 21st - Meghan Domony

Posted August 10, 2020

Through the Summer CORE program I was able to hear from Drs. Dan Shock, Evelin Molnar, Tyler O’Neill, Paige Golden and Shawn MacKenzie about their journey as veterinarians and how they got to be where they are today. It was particularly illuminating for me to hear that their paths were often not what they pictured for themselves in vet school. I would consider myself to be a bit of a ‘type A personality’ who likes to have their life carefully laid out.

Biomedical Sciences Open House - Sydney Corso

Posted August 10, 2020

Throughout this year’s Summer CORE program, I have been very fortunate to hear a variety of different speakers talk about their work and the research that they do. One event in particular was the Biomedical Sciences Open House, which was a valuable source of information.

One Health Seminar with Dr. Katie Clow - Bianca Baldan

Posted August 10, 2020

As an OVC student heading into third year, I have a few One Health lectures under my belt, but not many. This summer as part of the CORE program, I had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Katie Clow, who is a professor in the Department of Population Medicine at OVC. She started us off with a brainstorming session by showing us multiple photographs and getting us to think about what we thought of the concept of One Health and how interconnected we are with animals and the environment.

Articulating Research Skills – Anna Canella

Posted August 10, 2020

As a young scientist we see ourselves often applying constantly for grants and scholarships, all of which usually request some sort of essay reflecting on your individual accomplishments, or simply a detailed and yet objective resume to highlight the candidate’s qualifications. I particularly have a hard time trying to sell and reflect on what skills I have learned from my experiences.

BSc Networking Event July 23rd - Samantha Streekstra

Posted August 10, 2020

I had the amazing opportunity to attend a Networking Event this summer where five Guelph alumni talked about their careers. To start the Microsoft Teams meeting off, Elizabeth Lowenger introduced the first presenter, Dr. Adena Commisso. Dr. Commisso is a Guelph graduate who attended the University of Toronto to become a pharmacist. During her time at Guelph she was a co-op student, and she told us how that helped her not only figure out what she wanted to do, but what she didn’t want to do as well.

DVM Networking Session August 5th – Tonia von Hugo

Posted August 10, 2020

Even with the many COVID-19 restrictions, OVC has been doing a great job organising many interesting and diverse events for CORE summer students. On August 5th, I had the opportunity to join a networking session with a number of past students from OVC, who shared their career paths after completing their DVM degree. While I’ve heard from other veterinarians that vet school opens many doors, I’ve always had a lean towards clinical practice and research and didn’t quite realize how varied that path could be.

A candid tour of veterinary residency and clinical research - Melissa Prickaerts

Posted August 10, 2020

I appreciated the most recent student veterinarian networking session featuring several veterinary residents and specialists.  Too often the path to faculty positions or careers as clinician scientists are painted as easily achievable provided the necessary training is completed. In this session however, it was refreshing to hear both about the opportunities and challenges associated with pursuing careers requiring post veterinary degree training. Many speakers spoke about the challenges getting academic positions and alternative careers they were considering.