CORE Activity Blog

Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution Conference - Yu-Ning Su

Posted July 23, 2018

On July 19 I had the opportunity to attend the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution Conference that was being held at our very own campus - the University of Guelph. 
It was very interesting to see researchers, biologists and students coming from all over Canada to talk about their common interests and new discoveries. In the morning of the conference day, I immediately noticed a vast amount of people of all ages, including kids. This was exciting to witness because I know saving the planet will take more than just adults. 

Toronto Zoo - Sylvie Becker

Posted July 23, 2018

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the behind-the-scenes Toronto Zoo trip with the CORE program. I learned and saw so much, as well as of course having the privilege of standing so close in the presence of these amazing, diverse species!

Toronto Zoo - Alicia Vancasteren

Posted July 23, 2018

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to visit the Toronto Zoo for a bit of a behind the scenes day. The day began with some informative presentations about the veterinary care at the zoo. The head of veterinary services, Dr. Christopher Dutton, gave our group a presentation not only about the veterinary work at the zoo but also on how his career brought him to where he is today. One of the zoo’s residents, Dr. Ellie Milnes, also gave us a presentation on her path through school and into a career in zoo medicine.

Toronto Metro Zoo - Emily Croft

Posted July 20, 2018

On Saturday July 14th I had the opportunity to travel to the Toronto Metro Zoo with the CORE OVC program. While there we got a behind the scenes look at many aspects of the zoo, as well as an afternoon to explore on our own.

Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) Meeting 2018 - Tori Brown

Posted July 20, 2018

“Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” This is a quote, and the title of an essay, written by renowned evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhanksy and is a statement that has always deeply resonated with me. In high school, when we began our introduction to evolution in biology, I was captivated by the complex, yet simultaneously wonderfully simplistic, theory of evolution by natural selection.

ICCI Cancer Research Symposium - Gabriella Allegrini

Posted July 18, 2018

On Wednesday May 30, I was given the opportunity to attend the ICCI Cancer Research Symposium here at the University of Guelph. I have always been interested in oncology, but never realized the depth in which the veterinary and human fields have studied the variety of existing cancers. The day was scattered with presentations from students and researchers in the field, all of which were incredibly impressive. Of these, two presentations stood out to me. One was from a student in Toronto who was researching the metabolic profile of cancer cells originating from the same tissue.

Toronto Zoo - Elysha Smith

Posted July 18, 2018

On Saturday July 14th I had the opportunity to attend a behind the scenes tour of the Toronto Zoo with the CORE program. The day started with an hour talk from Dr. Chris Dutton, the head veterinarian, and Dr. Ellie Milnes, one of the veterinary residents.

Toronto Zoo- Elyse Peter

Posted July 18, 2018

Last week I had the privilege of spending a day at the Toronto Zoo courtesy of the CORE program! A full day of information intake and exploration at the Zoo certainly opened my eyes to the sheer volume of hard work and careful planning that goes into the care and keeping of exotic animals. 

Toronto Zoo – Sally The Camel Had Two Humps, Becky Anderson

Posted July 16, 2018

On Saturday July 14th, I had the honour of getting a behind the scenes look at the Toronto Zoo. We started the day with a talk from Dr. Christopher Dutton who is the head of Veterinary Services. He went on to explain the diversity and challenges faced everyday with treating over 490 different species. It was amazing to see how creative him and his team are in order to overcome challenges, such as performing emergency surgery on a Rhinoceros and utilizing the Toronto Fire Department to make an inflatable bed for the Rhino to lay on, as to not damage any nerves or muscles.

CPHAZ Symposium 2018 – Rachel Finer

Posted June 19, 2018

On Friday June 8th I had the pleasure of attending the CPHAZ symposium for a second time. Much like last year there was a large focus on One Health. Dr. Craig Stephen from the CWHC and Western College of Veterinary Medicine was an amazing keynote speaker shining light on how important the ecosystem is for the health of all, and how providing a healthy environment is key to having strong healthy animals that are resilient to disease.