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Welcome from OVC’s Dean

For more than 160 years, the simple but powerful call to duty - Opus Veterinum Civibus - The Craft of the Veterinarian is for the Good of the Nation - has guided the Ontario Veterinary College on its journey to excellence, supporting the evolving relationship between humans and animals, advancing veterinary medicine and tackling our most pressing health and food security issues.

Today, more than ever, innovation and science-based discovery are critical to the health and sustainability of our planet. Our students, our researchers and our graduates boast a broad skillset, creativity and passion to ensure the health and well-being of our changing world and to ensure we are prepared for whatever the future holds.

Leadership at the OVC

Excellence in innovation, education and service

Ontario Veterinary College

Dean

Jeffrey Wichtel
Jeffrey Wichtel

Jeffrey Wichtel

Dean

Jeffrey Wichtel joined the Ontario Veterinary College in October 2015. He also holds a faculty appointment in OVC’s Department of Population Medicine. He brings extensive experience as a researcher, clinician and administrator. Wichtel earned his B.V.Sc. and PhD from Massey University and is board-certified by the American College of Theriogenologists. He was previously a faculty member in the Department of Health Management, at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), University of Prince Edward Island, served as the college’s associate dean, graduate studies and research, and also served at AVC as acting dean, director of animal resources, department chair and chair of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre. Before joining AVC, Wichtel taught at Massey University in New Zealand and in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. He studies animal nutrition, disease, production and reproduction, and has specialized in trace element and vitamin nutrition in ruminants and horses.

The Dean provides strategic direction, academic planning leadership and administrative oversight to OVC’s senior leadership team to achieve the highest possible standards in teaching, research and service.

Strategy and Planning

Executive Director

Ilya Bogorad
Ilya Bogorad

Ilya Bogorad

Executive Director

Ilya Bogorad joined the Ontario Veterinary College in August 2019. In addition to an MBA (Finance) from the Rotman School of Management, Ilya Bogorad brings leadership experience focused on strategic planning, resource optimization, financial management and health services administration. In the Executive Director role, Bogorad works closely with all units at the University of Guelph’s OVC, including the four academic departments, the Office of the Dean and the Health Sciences Centre to ensure strong decision support, optimal resource utilization, project management, and short- and long-term planning, ensuring sustainability and achieving the goals and vision of the college.

The Executive Director works closely with all units at the University of Guelph’s OVC, including the four academic departments, the Office of the Dean and the Health Sciences Centre to ensure strong decision support, optimal resource utilization, project management, and short- and long-term planning, ensuring sustainability and achieving the goals and vision of the college.

Students and Academic

Associate Dean

Joanne Hewson
Joanne Hewson

Joanne Hewson

Associate Dean

Joanne Hewson was appointed Associate Dean, Students and Academic in October 2018. A Large Animal Internal Medicine faculty member in OVC's Department of Clinical Studies, Hewson holds DVM and PhD degrees from the University of Guelph. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She teaches clinical skills development extensively throughout the DVM Program, and has been actively involved in a variety of initiatives related to teaching and learning scholarship, curricular design, student well-being, learning pathways, and assessment. Advancing skills training through authentic practice, with feedback and reflection, is at the heart of her teaching passion.

The Associate Dean, Students and Academic is responsible for providing leadership in advancing the academic, professional and personal development of students in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program, curricular innovation and oversight, quality assurance and integrity, and DVM student recruitment and career readiness.

Research and Graduate Studies

Associate Dean

Shayan Sharif
Shayan Sharif

Shayan Sharif

Associate Dean

Shayan Sharif was appointed Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies in September 2019. A professor in OVC's Department of Pathobiology, Sharif holds a DVM from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tehran, as well as a PhD in Immunology and Immunogenetics from Pathobiology at OVC. His main area of study focuses on how the chicken immune system interacts with and responds to microbes, including immunity and vaccine development against Marek's disease virus and avian influenza virus. Sharif's group is also interested in development of strategies for control of enteric pathogens in poultry through manipulations of the intestinal microbiome. Sharif has held a University of Guelph Research Leadership Chair from 2017-2020.

The Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies works closely with the dean, associate deans and department chairs to advance OVC and the U of G research and graduate training priorities, as well as to provide strategic leadership to support OVC's capactiy to conduct excellent research.

Clinical Program

Associate Dean

Stephanie Nykamp
Stephanie Nykamp

Stephanie Nykamp

Associate Dean

Stephanie Nykamp was appointed Associate Dean, Clinical Program in January 2014. As Associate Dean, Clinical Program, Nykamp supervises and mentors the veterinarians and the OVC Health Sciences Centre management team and is responsible for the success and fiscal viability of the OVC Health Sciences Centre.

The Associate Dean, Clinical Studies works closely with the other associate deans to ensure that learning outcomes area achieved and to optimize the student experience within the clinical program, and to facilitate clinically-based research.

Ontario Veterinary College

Dean

Jeffrey Wichtel
Jeffrey Wichtel

Jeffrey Wichtel

Dean

Jeffrey Wichtel joined the Ontario Veterinary College in October 2015. He also holds a faculty appointment in OVC’s Department of Population Medicine. He brings extensive experience as a researcher, clinician and administrator. Wichtel earned his B.V.Sc. and PhD from Massey University and is board-certified by the American College of Theriogenologists. He was previously a faculty member in the Department of Health Management, at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), University of Prince Edward Island, served as the college’s associate dean, graduate studies and research, and also served at AVC as acting dean, director of animal resources, department chair and chair of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre. Before joining AVC, Wichtel taught at Massey University in New Zealand and in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. He studies animal nutrition, disease, production and reproduction, and has specialized in trace element and vitamin nutrition in ruminants and horses.

The Dean provides strategic direction, academic planning leadership and administrative oversight to OVC’s senior leadership team to achieve the highest possible standards in teaching, research and service.

Strategy and Planning

Executive Director

Ilya Bogorad
Ilya Bogorad

Ilya Bogorad

Executive Director

Ilya Bogorad joined the Ontario Veterinary College in August 2019. In addition to an MBA (Finance) from the Rotman School of Management, Ilya Bogorad brings leadership experience focused on strategic planning, resource optimization, financial management and health services administration. In the Executive Director role, Bogorad works closely with all units at the University of Guelph’s OVC, including the four academic departments, the Office of the Dean and the Health Sciences Centre to ensure strong decision support, optimal resource utilization, project management, and short- and long-term planning, ensuring sustainability and achieving the goals and vision of the college.

The Executive Director works closely with all units at the University of Guelph’s OVC, including the four academic departments, the Office of the Dean and the Health Sciences Centre to ensure strong decision support, optimal resource utilization, project management, and short- and long-term planning, ensuring sustainability and achieving the goals and vision of the college.

Students and Academic

Associate Dean

Joanne Hewson
Joanne Hewson

Joanne Hewson

Associate Dean

Joanne Hewson was appointed Associate Dean, Students and Academic in October 2018. A Large Animal Internal Medicine faculty member in OVC's Department of Clinical Studies, Hewson holds DVM and PhD degrees from the University of Guelph. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She teaches clinical skills development extensively throughout the DVM Program, and has been actively involved in a variety of initiatives related to teaching and learning scholarship, curricular design, student well-being, learning pathways, and assessment. Advancing skills training through authentic practice, with feedback and reflection, is at the heart of her teaching passion.

The Associate Dean, Students and Academic is responsible for providing leadership in advancing the academic, professional and personal development of students in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program, curricular innovation and oversight, quality assurance and integrity, and DVM student recruitment and career readiness.

Research and Graduate Studies

Associate Dean

Shayan Sharif
Shayan Sharif

Shayan Sharif

Associate Dean

Shayan Sharif was appointed Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies in September 2019. A professor in OVC's Department of Pathobiology, Sharif holds a DVM from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tehran, as well as a PhD in Immunology and Immunogenetics from Pathobiology at OVC. His main area of study focuses on how the chicken immune system interacts with and responds to microbes, including immunity and vaccine development against Marek's disease virus and avian influenza virus. Sharif's group is also interested in development of strategies for control of enteric pathogens in poultry through manipulations of the intestinal microbiome. Sharif has held a University of Guelph Research Leadership Chair from 2017-2020.

The Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies works closely with the dean, associate deans and department chairs to advance OVC and the U of G research and graduate training priorities, as well as to provide strategic leadership to support OVC's capactiy to conduct excellent research.

Clinical Program

Associate Dean

Stephanie Nykamp
Stephanie Nykamp

Stephanie Nykamp

Associate Dean

Stephanie Nykamp was appointed Associate Dean, Clinical Program in January 2014. As Associate Dean, Clinical Program, Nykamp supervises and mentors the veterinarians and the OVC Health Sciences Centre management team and is responsible for the success and fiscal viability of the OVC Health Sciences Centre.

The Associate Dean, Clinical Studies works closely with the other associate deans to ensure that learning outcomes area achieved and to optimize the student experience within the clinical program, and to facilitate clinically-based research.

Ontario Veterinary College

Dean

Jeffrey Wichtel
Jeffrey Wichtel

Jeffrey Wichtel

Dean

Jeffrey Wichtel joined the Ontario Veterinary College in October 2015. He also holds a faculty appointment in OVC’s Department of Population Medicine. He brings extensive experience as a researcher, clinician and administrator. Wichtel earned his B.V.Sc. and PhD from Massey University and is board-certified by the American College of Theriogenologists. He was previously a faculty member in the Department of Health Management, at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), University of Prince Edward Island, served as the college’s associate dean, graduate studies and research, and also served at AVC as acting dean, director of animal resources, department chair and chair of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre. Before joining AVC, Wichtel taught at Massey University in New Zealand and in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. He studies animal nutrition, disease, production and reproduction, and has specialized in trace element and vitamin nutrition in ruminants and horses.

The Dean provides strategic direction, academic planning leadership and administrative oversight to OVC’s senior leadership team to achieve the highest possible standards in teaching, research and service.

Strategy and Planning

Executive Director

Ilya Bogorad
Ilya Bogorad

Ilya Bogorad

Executive Director

Ilya Bogorad joined the Ontario Veterinary College in August 2019. In addition to an MBA (Finance) from the Rotman School of Management, Ilya Bogorad brings leadership experience focused on strategic planning, resource optimization, financial management and health services administration. In the Executive Director role, Bogorad works closely with all units at the University of Guelph’s OVC, including the four academic departments, the Office of the Dean and the Health Sciences Centre to ensure strong decision support, optimal resource utilization, project management, and short- and long-term planning, ensuring sustainability and achieving the goals and vision of the college.

The Executive Director works closely with all units at the University of Guelph’s OVC, including the four academic departments, the Office of the Dean and the Health Sciences Centre to ensure strong decision support, optimal resource utilization, project management, and short- and long-term planning, ensuring sustainability and achieving the goals and vision of the college.

Students and Academic

Associate Dean

Joanne Hewson
Joanne Hewson

Joanne Hewson

Associate Dean

Joanne Hewson was appointed Associate Dean, Students and Academic in October 2018. A Large Animal Internal Medicine faculty member in OVC's Department of Clinical Studies, Hewson holds DVM and PhD degrees from the University of Guelph. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She teaches clinical skills development extensively throughout the DVM Program, and has been actively involved in a variety of initiatives related to teaching and learning scholarship, curricular design, student well-being, learning pathways, and assessment. Advancing skills training through authentic practice, with feedback and reflection, is at the heart of her teaching passion.

The Associate Dean, Students and Academic is responsible for providing leadership in advancing the academic, professional and personal development of students in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program, curricular innovation and oversight, quality assurance and integrity, and DVM student recruitment and career readiness.

Research and Graduate Studies

Associate Dean

Shayan Sharif
Shayan Sharif

Shayan Sharif

Associate Dean

Shayan Sharif was appointed Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies in September 2019. A professor in OVC's Department of Pathobiology, Sharif holds a DVM from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tehran, as well as a PhD in Immunology and Immunogenetics from Pathobiology at OVC. His main area of study focuses on how the chicken immune system interacts with and responds to microbes, including immunity and vaccine development against Marek's disease virus and avian influenza virus. Sharif's group is also interested in development of strategies for control of enteric pathogens in poultry through manipulations of the intestinal microbiome. Sharif has held a University of Guelph Research Leadership Chair from 2017-2020.

The Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies works closely with the dean, associate deans and department chairs to advance OVC and the U of G research and graduate training priorities, as well as to provide strategic leadership to support OVC's capactiy to conduct excellent research.

Clinical Program

Associate Dean

Stephanie Nykamp
Stephanie Nykamp

Stephanie Nykamp

Associate Dean

Stephanie Nykamp was appointed Associate Dean, Clinical Program in January 2014. As Associate Dean, Clinical Program, Nykamp supervises and mentors the veterinarians and the OVC Health Sciences Centre management team and is responsible for the success and fiscal viability of the OVC Health Sciences Centre.

The Associate Dean, Clinical Studies works closely with the other associate deans to ensure that learning outcomes area achieved and to optimize the student experience within the clinical program, and to facilitate clinically-based research.

OVC Strategic Initiatives

Improving life by creating healthier futures for animals, people and the environment

Our College, Our Community


Ensuring our college fully embraces and reflects the diversity of the communities we serve and commits to welcoming and respectful workplace culture

The Veterinary Healthcare Revolution


Preparing our students to thrive and lead the veterinary primary healthcare teams of the future

Discovery in Translation


Enhancing our impact in translational, comparative and clinical research and training

Global Health - One Health


Growing our international partnerships and impact to address complex global health challenges

For the Good of the Nation


Growing our veterinary healthcare workforce to address the evolving health, welfare, food safety and security needs of Ontario and Canada

Unleashing Scholarship


Expanding high-calibre research and graduate training to grow impact and enhance our global standing

Learn more about OVC's Strategic Intiatives

Inside OVC

Our rich community and network of research expertise

482
DVM Students
127
Faculty & Veterinarians
1,336
Graduate & B.Sc. Students
#1 in Canada
#3 in North America
#5 in the world
20,829
Pet & Equine Patient Visits
$43,672,071
Active Research Project Funding
6,522
Food Animal & Field Service Patient Visits
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Our Structure

More than the sum of our parts

OVC is organized into four dynamic academic departments, eight world-leading research centres and institutes, and our renowned Health Sciences Centre, where we promote collaboration, catalyze discovery and reflect the internationally recognized expertise of our faculty and researchers.

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Our Success

Building the pathway of discovery

OVC is the oldest veterinary college in Canada and the United States, and the only veterinary college in Ontario. We graduate almost one-third of all Canadian-educated veterinarians.

Explore our History