CORE Activity Blog

Eastern Nutrition Conference

Posted May 18, 2016

As a student enrolled in the Summer Career Opportunities and Research Experience Program (CORE) I had the privilege to attend the 52nd Eastern Nutrition Conference. This year’s theme was on “Precision Nutrition and Associated Technologies” with a focus on amino acids. Nutrition plays a vital role in optimizing health and production of animals, but also has environmental implications which we must take into consideration. Many speakers focused on how to optimize amino acids in the feed ration to reduce greenhouse gases without impacting performance.

A Lifelong Lesson for All

Posted May 18, 2016

Attending the 9th Annual Animal Welfare Research Symposium on May 11th, 2016 was an incredible experience. The talks ranged across all species and industries from dairy cattle and laying hens, to rabbits and mink, and even touched on polar bears and tigers. This wide variety brought about differing perspectives on animal welfare, and showed that the concerns for each species and industry were unique. Throughout the day we learned of the varying problems that each industry was currently facing, and what specific strategies were being explored as possible solutions.

CAVEPM 2016- What a way to kick off an epi summer

Posted May 18, 2016

This past Monday I was given the opportunity to attend the Canadian Association of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine Conference on campus here at the University of Guelph. It was a GREAT way to kick off a summer project in epidemiology in UoG’s department of Population Medicine. The day started with the first of two keynote speakers, Dr. Lea Berrang-Ford from McGill University. Dr. Berrang-Ford discussed the importance of questioning the questions, and how both the composition of your study, and the context of your study can influence your study’s results.

The 'Can' in Cancer

Posted May 18, 2016

The 9th Annual Guelph ICCI Cancer Symposium was a huge hit with an unbelievable turnout. With a full house in the Ontario Veterinary College’s largest lecture hall, featuring over 13 speakers and 32 poster displays, this year’s symposium won’t be one to forget. Throughout the day, I had the pleasure of meeting local, national, and international researchers while learning about new treatments and breakthroughs in cancer research.


The paradox of animal consciousness – does it truly matter?

Posted May 17, 2016

As humans, we often find ourselves embarking upon a difficult road in order to find answers to the “hard questions” in life. Animal welfare science in particular poses questions that may or may not have answers – such as the state of consciousness in non-human animals. 

Connecting Research to Practice-A Student Perspective

Posted May 17, 2016

Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to attend the CCSAW animal welfare conference hosted here at OVC. As this was my first experience attending such an event I must admit I was a little bit anxious. However, as the speakers began to present their research I forgot my nerves and began to enjoy myself. I have always been passionate about animal welfare and networking with likeminded professionals was an invigorating experience.


Posted May 17, 2016

During Phase I of vet school, we were briefly exposed to the field of epidemiology in lectures and labs, and began to understand how gathering and analysing large datasets can help us learn about herd health and the strength of diagnostic tests. Attending the meeting of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (CAVEPM) was a fantastic experience that truly opened my eyes to the many amazing things that epidemiology can do when applied to complex problems.

Considering our Two Legged Friends

Posted May 17, 2016

By Samantha Clarke  

"Veterinary medicine, because humans are gross." 

Animal Welfare Symposium viewed from an Internal Medicine Perspective

Posted May 17, 2016

By: Stipe V. Jelovcic (OVC 2018)

This past Tuesday May 11th I attended the 9th Annual CCSAW Animal Welfare Research Symposium at the University of Guelph. Going into the symposium I had two questions on my mind: “What can I learn today that I could apply later on as a future veterinary internist, and how can valuable information gained on other species be extrapolated to companion animals?”.