CORE Activity Blog

ICCI Cancer Research Symposium 2016

Posted May 22, 2016

This past week I was fortunate enough to get chosen to attend the ICCI Cancer Research Symposium. It was an incredible opportunity to learn about the current research in cancer medicine across different species. This year was especially unique because there was a focus on sarcoma research; despite this type of cancer being fairly rare in humans, it is quite prevalent in companion animals. Learning about the trials and tests that have been conducted sarcoma research among companion animal was definitely an eye-opener and I would consider pursuing research in this field in the future.

My Experience at CAVEPM 2016

Posted May 21, 2016

As a summer student participating in the Summer CORE Program, I was given the opportunity to attend the Canadian Association of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine Conference. I was able to get a glimpse of the different kinds of research that occur in veterinary epidemiology and to hear researchers from all over the world speak about their discoveries and findings. I had the privilege of listening to Laura Falzon, who came all the way from Switzerland, speak about her pilot project on using non-standard methods to diagnose brucellosis in West Africa.

Precision Nutrition and Associated Technologies

Posted May 20, 2016

            On May 11th, 2016 I had the distinct pleasure of attending the 52nd Eastern Nutrition Conference held in Guelph, Ontario.  It was an unforgetable and extremely knowledgeable conference that provided me with a look into current and future applications that influence nutrition, feeding management and farm operations.  During the conference we were able to listen to 12 guest speakers touching on an array of different feeding practices as well as the management and nutritional compositions of particular feeds.

SONA conference

Posted May 20, 2016

Neuroscience is one of the hottest topics and is a rapidly growing area of research. It is such a diverse field that it can be taken in almost any direction. On Friday May 6th I had the opportunity to go to the Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association (SONA) meeting where we got to learn about some new areas of neuroscience research. One of the most interesting parts of the day for me was hearing about how they are using computational modeling to try to mimic how the brain functions.

CAVEPM: Nursery Pigs and Influenza A Virus!

Posted May 20, 2016

This week I had the pleasure of attending the CAVEPM (Canadian Association of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine) annual meeting, hosted at the OVC. While the meeting was right here at “home,” the speaker line-up featured many graduate students and professors/researchers from out of the province and even the country.

Cooking Up Trouble? Teenagers, Food Safety, and Foodborne Illness

Posted May 20, 2016

On May 16 and 17, 2016, leaders in veterinary epidemiology and preventive medicine from Guelph to Thailand and everywhere in between gathered at the conference of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (known as CAVEPM to those in the know) to engage in discussion and learning about current and emerging topics in the field. I attended the conference on May 16 to hear about new ideas and research in the areas of zoonoses, food safety, public and animal health, and more.

Learning more than markers at ICCI

Posted May 20, 2016

This week I had the opportunity to attend the ICCI Cancer Research Symposium.  The presentations and posters were extremely informative and exposed me to an area of research I had not previously experienced.  

ICCI Cancer Research Symposium

Posted May 20, 2016

This past Tuesday, I was given the opportunity to attend the 9th Annual ICCI Cancer Research Symposium held at our very own University of Guelph. I was extremely excited to have been chosen for this conference because the research I am doing this summer focuses on canine osteosarcoma. I knew it would be a valuable experience to add on to the knowledge I had gained about cancer in my first two weeks of working. As a veterinary student, research has always been an interest of mine.

GABA-daba-doo: SONA 2016

Posted May 20, 2016

I began my summer with a bang. Four days into the Summer CORE Program and my lab training, I got the opportunity to attend my very first conference. The Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association Conference or SONA, is a chapter of the international Society for Neuroscience and meetings are held annually to promote research, education and outreach in neuroscience. This year the conference was held at the University of Waterloo, and being relatively new to Canada, I was super excited for the outing and for the chance to explore Ontario a little more.

Animal Welfare and the Veterinarian

Posted May 20, 2016

The 9th Annual CCSAW Research Symposium showcased current research in animal welfare. Jam-packed with exciting research in the fields of dairy cows, pigs, rabbits, poultry, tigers, and everything in between, along with a keynote lecture by Dr. Marian Dawkins who travelled all the way from Oxford University, the day promised to be insightful. As a student veterinarian with an interest in small animal medicine, especially behaviour, I was excited for the last group of talks for the afternoon; a portion of it would focus on companion animals.