CORE Activity Blog

Biomedical Sciences Open House

Posted July 27, 2017

When I saw that the Summer CORE program was offering a look into the Biomedical Sciences with an open house, I was excited. As a Mathematical Science student, I don't often have an opportunity to see a biomedical science lab! The only mice in statistics labs are used to control computer cursors, so seeing the rodent version in a lab researching cardiology was definitely a change.

Near and Far: ICCI's 10th Annual Cancer Research Symposium

Posted July 27, 2017

On May 25th, I was very fortunate to be able to attend the ICCI 2017 Research Symposium, held here at the OVC. This year would be the 10th annual research symposium, and many of the speakers/presentations were centered around that as a theme. It was amazing to see all of the growth and progress that had occured in cancer research since 2007. It was great to be able to hear from researchers from places like the University of Waterloo, in addition to graduate students from here at the University of Guelph.

The Growing Field of Veterinary Pathology

Posted July 27, 2017

     On Thursday June 7th 2017, held in the OVC Pathology AHL building was the 43rd annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Pathologists.  The day was filled with a variety of speakers presenting their lab research and unique case studies they had encountered.  The event was intellectually stimulating for undergraduate students like myself as well as graduate students, researchers and professors alike.  Each speaker was enthusiastic about their topic keeping the attendees engaged and eager to learn more.

Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network (CAHLN) Conference

Posted July 27, 2017

The Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network (CAHLN) annual conference was a great learning opportunity. The theme for the CAHLN 2017 Annual Meeting is “Laboratory Based Disease Intelligence in 2017: New and Practical Approaches." This conference allowed me to sit in on numerous key note speakers outlining topics of relevance to animal health and lab work. I found the vast topics covered and organization of the conference to be very informative.

Breakfast Networking

Posted July 27, 2017

On July 12th, I had the opportunity to participate in a breakfast networking session that focused on graduate studies and specialty training in veterinary medicine. There were individuals from Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Studies, Pathobiology, and Population Medicine. They all had different and valuable experiences that allowed them to give us advice and guidance on pursuing graduate studies. As a soon-to-be second year vet student, I am still not sure what I plan on doing after graduation, but hearing about different people’s experiences helped open my mind to all the possibilities.

Cancer Symposium 2017

Posted July 27, 2017

Had the opportunity to attend the ICCI Cancer Research Symposium and hear from many different researchers. The speakers were engaging and talked about very varied and interesting research topics. All the speakers were very passionate about their respective topics, which made the time they were alloted just fly by. I really enjoyed the keynote speaker Dr. William Eward and his talk on the idea of "One Medicine" and it's use in cancer research on dogs and humans. 

Campbell Center for the Study of Animal Welfare (CCSAW) symposium

Posted July 27, 2017

On May 10th I had the pleasure of attending the Campbell Center for the Study of Animal Welfare (CCSAW) symposium. I have always had an interest in animal welfare as I am an aspiring veterinarian. I found that this conference enhanced my interest and broadened my knowledge in the subject. I had a vague understanding of how the field of animal welfare science was explored until Dr. Ed Pajor tremendously summarized and brought social context to the field.

Matching Results to our Good Intentions

Posted July 27, 2017

Through my ongoing journey of becoming a veterinarian, animal welfare has become a topic of growing importance. We all, of course, want to maximize animal welfare for all the creatures we interact with, but there are many misconceptions surrounding the various topics in the animal industries. As I continue to experience and learn more about welfare, I realise that there is still so much more to learn for myself and so much more for research to discover. This makes animal welfare incredibly hard to debate about, let alone to even define your own stance regarding each topic of consideration.

Progress and Puzzles 10 Years After

Posted July 27, 2017

On May 25th, I attended the 10th annual Research Symposium put on by the Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation. The theme for many of the talks was: “Progress and Puzzles 10 Years After” and featured researchers that had presented at the first symposium. They outlined where their research was at that initial meeting and how far it has come in the decade that has passed. Speakers ranged from the University of Guelph’s professors in Biomedical Science and Molecular Biology to even Social Workers from Grand River Hospital’s Cancer Centre.

CPHAZ Symposium Blog Post

Posted July 27, 2017

On Tuesday May 23rd 2016 I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Center for Public Health and Zoonoses Symposium. As an undergraduate student, this was my first time ever attending an academic conference and I found it to be an enjoyable and enlightening experience.