CORE Activity Blog

My Experience with the Oral Presentation

Posted August 10, 2017

This summer, I had the chance to stand in front of a group of other students and faculty members and deliver a presentation on my summer research project. As someone who is interested in research, and trying to decide whether or not to pursue a career in research, this provided me with a unique opportunity to experience more than just the design of the project and data collection. I was able to improve upon my oral speaking skills as well as improve my ability to create and deliver an effective presentation.

Livestock Research and Innovation Centre - Dairy Facility in Elora

Posted August 10, 2017

On Tuesday August 8, I and other CORE program students had the opportunity to visit the Livestock Research and Innovation Centre - Dairy Facility in Elora. I was born and raised in Toronto all my life and had little exposure to farm animals until this summer.  Prior to attending, I was curious to see how the facilities at Elora would be and the different research that were taking place. The second I entered I realized how well-designed the facilities were and how advanced the technology being used was. My favorite part of the tour was seeing the milking of the cow.

Tour of the Elora Dairy Research and Innovation Centre

Posted August 10, 2017

                On August 8th, 2017, I was fortunate enough to attend a tour of the Elora Dairy Research and Innovation Centre situated in Elora, Ontario. As someone without a background in the dairy (or beef) cattle industry, I was blown away by some of the innovative technology and management practices they had at this facility.

A Trip to the Capital

Posted August 10, 2017

I had the pleasure of attending the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium this past weekend in Washington, DC.  Not only was the conference an amazing experience but getting to see this beautiful city and being able to create memories with the other OVC students that attended will be life long.  My favourite part was meeting a previous OVC PhD graduate currently working at the NIH and discussing his experiences.  Being able to network is a valuable tool and this opportunity allowed me to expand my network and meet future colleagues.


Latasha Ludwig

ICCI Keynote Speaker

Posted August 9, 2017

This year the ICCI Annual Cancer Research Symposium celebrated its 10th anniversary and marked such an occasion with a special guest keynote speaker, Dr. William Edward of Duke University.


Grace Thornton with Dr. Michael Cranfield, founder of Gorilla Doctors

Meeting the Gorilla Doctor

Posted August 8, 2017

Dr. Michael Cranfield, the co-founder of the Gorilla Doctors, recieved an honorary doctorate degree at the University of Guelph this summer. Dr. Cranfield co-founded the Gorilla Doctors after working with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary project in Rwanda, and has now expanded the project to care for wild and captive gorillas in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  As an avid admirer of his conservation medicine work, and the outreach and education he has done in many countries, I was disapointed to not be able to hear his speech.

National Veterinary Scholars Symposium

Posted August 6, 2017

I had the absolute pleasure of attending the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium in Bethesda, Maryland from August 3-5. I was able to create and present a poster to veterinary students from around the world. This is the second veterinary conference I have attended, and the second time I have been exposed to numerous areas of research beyond my own. I have become passionate about research, and my experiences at the NVSS have lead me to consider a career in veterinary research. Aside from the conference itself, I was able to visit Washington D.C. and the many historic sites it holds.

Biomed Open House & Grad Studies Networking Session

Posted August 4, 2017

Through my participation in the 2017 OVC CORE program I was privileged with the opportunity to attend the Biomed Open House & Graduate Studies Networking session. This session consisted of graduate student speakers describing their research, their experiences as students, as well as, what had lead them to pursue this degree. I found these presentations invaluable, as they reinforced that it is beneficial to explore many different graduate and professional school programs.

Boehringer-Ingelheim National Veterinary Scholars Symposium

Posted August 4, 2017

From August 3rd - 5th, I was given the amazing opportunity to attend the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium in Bethesda, Maryland. It was my first time attending a conference centered around the veterinary profession and, as such, I was determined to make the most of this experience. On day one of the conference, we were given the day to travel. We started the day off with a tour of Washington D.C. This consisted of attending two amazing museums, The National Air and Space Museum and The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

CAVP conference sparknotes version

Posted August 4, 2017

On June 7th, I was fortunate to attend the 2017 Canadian Association of Veterinary Pathologist conference, held here at the OVC in Pathobio. We had talks and rounds presented from many of the pathologist that call OVC home, and others from surrounding areas talking about what they are passionate about. They covered a variety of topics, just a sample of topics being: Histiocytic disorders, lymphoproliferative disorders, and innate immuninty.