Pathobiology News

Multiple DVSc positions available in Anatomic, Clinical, and Comparative Anatomic Pathology for May or Sept 2022 start

Posted October 14, 2021

Check out our newly posted advertisements for multiple DVSc positions in Anatomic, Clinical, and Comparative Anatomic Pathology to start next year (2022).

The Anatomic Pathology posting can be found here,  the Clinical Pathology position can be found here, and the Comparative Anatomic Position with a focus on Pathology of Captive/Free wildlife can be found here.

Deadlines for both positions are Nov 8th or until suitable candidates are found.

For questions about the Anatomic and Comparative Anatomic Pathology positions contact Dr. Brandon Lillie, and for the Clinical Pathology positions contact Dr. Darren Wood.

OVC's Celebrated Researcher this week is Pathobiology's Dr. Nicole Ricker!

Posted October 1, 2021

Nicole's research focuses on bacterial pathogens and the role of mobile genetic elements in the dissemination of antimicrobial resistance within animal agriculture.

Three Publications:

1. Aradanas, M.Z. Poljak, N. Fittipaldi, N. Ricker, A. Farzan. Serotypes, virulence associated factors, and antimicrobial resistance of Streptococcus suis isolates recovered from sick and healthy pigs determined by whole genome sequencing. Frontiers in Veterinary Science. In press.

2. Ricker, N. B.S. Spoja, N. May, G. Chalmers. 2020. Incorporating the plasmidome into antibiotic resistance surveillance in animal agriculturePlasmid. 2020:102529.

3. Ricker, N.*, J. Trachsel*, P. Colgan, J. Jones, J. Choi, J. Lee, J. Coetzee, A. Howe, S.L. Brockmeier, C.L. Loving and H.K. Allen. 2020. Towards antibiotic stewardship: Route of antibiotic administration impacts the microbiota and resistance gene diversity in swine fecesFrontiers in Veterinary Science. 7:255. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2020.00255


Two Grants and Awards:

1. 2019-2022. OMAFRA. PI: A. Farzan. Team members: Z. Poljak, R. Friendship, B. Lillie, N. Ricker. Molecular epidemiology of Streptococcus suis in Ontario nursery pigs.

2. 2018-2021. CFREF Food from Thought Thematic Research. PI: J. Farber. Co-PI: G. LaPointe, L. Goodridge, N. Ricker. Control of foodborne pathogens.


One Win:

Maysa Niazy (co-supervised with myself and Khurram Nadeem) successfully defended her thesis in August for her Masters in Bioinformatics!  Maysa will begin a PhD in my lab in Fall 2021.

CPRC Update: Antibiotic stewardship research

Posted November 27, 2019

  • Shayan Sharif from the University of Guelph (U of G) leads a large multidisciplinary project aimed at reducing the use of antimicrobials in poultry and enhancing poultry gut health. It includes researchers from the University of Alberta, University of Prince Edward Island, Hospital for Sick Kids and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).
  • Eva Nagy from the U of G is developing an oral vaccine to induce an immune response against NetB to control NE in chickens.

| Canadian Poultry |

PhD Graduates

Posted November 19, 2019

Congratulations to recent PhD Graduates

Emma Borkowski, Jonathon Kotwa and Alex Leveille.


ACVP Board Exams

Posted November 19, 2019


Laura Bassel and Britta Knight both passed the Anatomic ACVP exam! Another year with a 100% pass rate! 

Laura Bassel Britta Knight




Congrats to all of the 2019 ACVP Award recipients:

Posted November 19, 2019

  • Jeff Caswell and Jill Findlay received a Presidential Award for their excellent work at Veterinary Pathology
  • Darren Wood received the ASVCP Educator Award
  • Dorothee Bienzle for completing her term as ACVP president
  • AHL’s Grant Maxie who was recognized as one of the pillars of pathology | TWEET |
  • Daniel Gibson the ACVP/AAVLD Diagnostic Pathology Travel Award
  • Emma Borkowski the CL Davis Award and S.W. Thompson Foundation Award winners. |TWEET |.

New Laboratory Technician Position - Application deadline October 22, 2019.

Posted October 16, 2019

The Department of Pathobiology at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) is hiring a new Laboratory Technician to provide technical assistance for research conducted by faculty members in the assigned laboratories. 

Responsibilities include: providing support for research projects; managing personnel and laboratory compliance with biohazard and safety regulations; maintaining laboratory and other equipment and analysers in assigned laboratories; managing ordering and receiving for research groups; supporting the decontamination of equipment and preparing related documentation; assisting in the preparation and delivery of clinical pathology teaching laboratories for DVM students.  The Laboratory Technician will serve as an important technical link between research groups and collaborators inside and outside the Department.

For more information and application instructions please click on the link below:

Laboratory Technician Advertisement

Congratulations to Dr. Darren Wood

Posted September 7, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Darren Wood who was elected the President of the ASVCP Executive Board. Wood was also awarded with the 2019 ASCVP Education Award. 


3 Year DVSc training program in Anatomic Path for May or Sept 2020

Posted September 6, 2019

A DVSc position in Anatomic Pathology is available, beginning in May or September 2020, in the Department of Pathobiology at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph.

For more information click here:

DVSc in Anatomic Pathology to start May or Sept 2020



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: