Pathobiology News

Senior Resident in Anatomic Pathology for Sept 2019-June 2020

Posted July 23, 2019

The Department of Pathobiology at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in veterinary and comparative pathology, veterinary infectious diseases and immunology. The OVC Senior Residency position gives exposure to a broad experiential caseload that is expected to aid in the selected candidate’s preparation for any of the certifying examinations for a College of Veterinary Pathologists.  In addition, the position allows participation in numerous weekly gross and histopathology rounds, AFIP slide sets, and other boards study materials.

The Senior Resident is expected to be involved in all aspects of anatomic pathology including primary case responsibility, attendance and presentation of case material at rounds (e.g. gross, microscopic/biopsy, and oncology rounds), and various case discussions and presentations. Duties are approximately 50% diagnostic and supervisory (including post mortem) duty, 40% microscopic evaluation of cases, and 10% attendance and presentation at gross and microscopy rounds and involvement in other case discussions and presentations.

The Senior Resident will be supervised by, and work with, a top tier group of anatomic pathologists with ACVP certification, and interact with equally skilled clinical pathologists within the Department of Pathobiology and anatomic and clinical pathologists in the Animal Health Laboratory (totaling 23 Board Certified Pathologists), as well as DVSc students (residents), interns and graduate students and specialists from the OVC Health Sciences Center (HSC).


Check out the full advertisement here:  Senior Resident in Anatomic Pathology

New Veterinary Virology Faculty Position!!

Posted July 16, 2019

The Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. This position will contribute to a cluster hire of One Health researchers at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), advancing interdisciplinary comparative research at the interface of animal and human health.

Details can be found here:

Leibniz-IZW/EAZWV/ECZM Zoo and Wildlife Health Conference 2019

Posted June 28, 2019

Dr. Dale Smith recently attended the Joint Leibniz-IZW/EAZWV/ECZM Zoo and Wildlife Health Conference 2019 (aka the European Zoo Vet Meeting) in Kolmården,Sweden. Also attending were a number of Pathobiology graduate alumni from the Zoo and Avian/Exotics programs: Mads Bertelsen, Pauline Delnatte, Maya Kummrow, Delphine Laniesse, David McLelland, Ellie Milnes, Adriana Nielsen, Rolf-Arne Olberg, Jean Paré, Doug Whiteside. Kathryn Perrin and Eva Greunz, who spent time in the Department as part of their residencies at the Copenhagen Zoo, and David Eshar, who managed the OVC Avian Exotic Service for several years, were also present.

Two presentations were given that derived from our collaborations with the Toronto Zoo: 

Milnes EL, Delnatte P, Barta JR, Léveillé AN, Smith DA, Thornton G, Nemeth N

Delnatte P, Milnes EL, Vos R, Nielsen AW, Smith DA, Dutton C



Dr. Ellie Milnes received second place in the student presentation competition, and was also the recipient of the The Rudolf Ippen Young Scientist Award. This very prestigious award "honours a young scientist whose scientific output, particularly the papers published in the past 12 months, document the beginning of a promising career in wildlife veterinary science, conservation medicine, or zoo animal medicine". 

OVC professor appointed Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies

Posted June 24, 2019

Dr. Shayan Sharif has been appointed as the incoming Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). Dr. Sharif begins a five-year term on September 1, 2019.

A professor of poultry immunology, Sharif has been Acting-Chair and then Chair of the OVC’s Department of Pathobiology since September 2017 and a professor in the department since 2001. He holds a DVM from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tehran, as well as a PhD in Immunology and Immunogenetics in Pathobiology at OVC. He received a fellowship to conduct his post-doctoral research in Immunology at The John Robarts Institute in London, Ontario.

Small Ruminant Veterinarians of Ontario/Sheep Veterinary Society of the UK

Posted June 22, 2019

Please join me to congratulate our graduate students who won the Graduate Student Presentation awards at the recent Small Ruminant Veterinarians of Ontario/Sheep Veterinary Society of the UK joint meeting. 

The winners were:

1st – Emma Borkowski

2nd – Emily Ratsep

3rd – Evelin Rejman


Congratulations and all the best,

Shayan Sharif

New Canada Research Chair Tier II Faculty Position in Animal Disease Genomics and Bioinformatics

Posted May 17, 2019

The Department of Pathobiology is very excited to announce a new Canada Research Chair Tier 2 tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Animal Disease Genomics and Bioinformatics.   Exceptional emerging scholars, with the potential to become world leaders in a field related to Animal Disease Genomics and Bioinformatics, are invited to apply.  Check out the full advertisement at the link below.  The deadline for applications is July 21, 2019.

Sanofi Biogenius Challenge Canada Competition Winner

Posted April 12, 2019

Byram Bridle's lab group hosted a high school student over the past two semesters as part of the Sanofi Biogenius Challenge Canada competition. Her name is Christina Napoleoni.

She is a grade 12 student at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario and commuted round-trip from there to OVC to conduct the research while simultaneously meeting her full-time requirements for secondary school.

Her results were judged yesterday (April 12th) in the Ontario - Greater Toronto Area competition at the University of Toronto. She was awarded first place!

Her poster was entitled "Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) Has Complex Effects On Oncolytic Virotherapy".

The authorship was: Christina Napoleoni, Mary Ellen Clark (technician in the Bridle Lab), Elaine Klafuric (graduate student in the Bridle Lab), Jessica Minott (undergraduate student in the Bridle lab), Glen Kim (high school teacher/mentor) and Byram W. Bridle (faculty mentor).

Many thanks to Mary Ellen, Elaine and Jessica for providing all of the front-line assistance with the training and research. Without them, this training program would not have been possible. This competition grabs the attention of scientists and industry representatives from across Canada, and involves institutions throughout the country. A first-place finish in this event reflects very well on our institution.

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Cross-Species Cancer Comparison Uncovers New Drug Targets, Study Reveals

Posted February 15, 2019

New drug targets for a rare form of melanoma may result from the discovery of similar genetic mutations found in humans, dogs and horses under a first-ever tri-species DNA sequencing study involving a University of Guelph researcher.

Comparing cancers across species may help in pinpointing the most relevant drug targets, said pathobiology researcher Geoffrey Wood, assistant co-director of U of G’s Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation (ICCI).

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Federal Government Invests $1.5 Million in U of G Genomics Projects

Posted February 6, 2019

Healthier consumers, animals and ecosystems are the focus of three University of Guelph
genomics research projects that will receive federal funding worth $1.5 million.

Prof. Bonnie Mallard at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College, heads
up one of the projects receiving funding under the announcement. 

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How well do canine osteosarcoma grading systems predict outcome?

Posted January 30, 2019

Accurate predictions are a critical piece of the puzzle when studying diseases such as cancer. They help define prognosis and are vital when choosing the best treatment plan. 

For canine osteosarcoma, tumour grading systems are the standard method for determining the best approach for patients. 

However, a study from Dr. Courtney Schott, as part of her PhD research at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), found that neither of the two most common grading systems for canine osteosarcoma could reliably predict outcome. 

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