Pathobiology News

Special congratulations go to Profs. Bonnie Mallard, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted April 7, 2018

Three Ontario Veterinary College recipients were recognized at the 2018 Women of Distinction Awards from the Guelph Y. The awards were presented during an event on May 3.

Special congratulations go to Prof. Bonnie Mallard, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award. The honour recognizes her groundbreaking research and development of High Immune Response technology used to breed healthier cattle, as well her mentorship of others and her co-founding of the Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre in Puslinch, Ont.

Read more about the awards on the OVC BULLETINU of G websiteGuelph Y website, and at Guelph Today,

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Human activity to blame for many at-risk bird deaths, study finds

Posted March 13, 2018

Nothing is killing Ontario’s at-risk birds of prey more than contact with the human world, according to a new study.

The University of Guelph study looked at reports of deaths of wild raptors – birds including eagles, peregrine falcons, hawks, owls and others – between 1991 and 2014.

It found that the most common cause of the birds’ death was trauma – often from flying into buildings or colliding with vehicles – followed by starvation.

Nicole Nemeth, a professor of pathobiology at Guelph, says starvation and emancipation deaths often have human causes as well, as human activity changes the environment in which it makes it more difficult for birds to hunt and find shelter.

Read full story on City TV News Kitchener

Cases of canine influenza in Ontario linked to imported rescue dogs

Posted March 8, 2018

Canine influenza — a relatively uncommon, yet potentially fatal respiratory disease — has been spreading through Ontario.

The infection is so rare in Ontario that most dogs aren’t vaccinated against it, which makes the recent outbreak even more troubling.

Ontario dogs haven’t been exposed to the strain and aren’t immunized against it, which has enabled it to spread quickly from a handful of dogs in central Ontario to an estimated 100 dogs.

“We’ve had concerns about importing for quite a while,” said the Ontario Veterinary College’s Scott Weese, one of the authors of a 2016 report calling for tougher regulations.

“We know that when you move animals across big distances, they bring things with them and that can include a variety of diseases — and the flu has been one of those concerns. We could see this was likely to happen at some point as there are very little restrictions on how you move dogs between countries.”

Read full story on City News

Dr. Bonnie Mallard wins Governor General's Award for Innovation

Posted May 8, 2017


OVC Prof Wins Governor General’s Award for Innovation

Dr. Bonnie Mallard received one of six awards. Mallard’s High Immune Response (HIR™) technology uses animal genetics and immunity to breed healthier cattle naturally and safely. 


| U of G News  | Guelph Mercury | GGIA webpage  | GGIA ceremony (Mallard at 42 min) | GGIA video

Prof. Éva Nagy receives a Women of Distinction Award

Posted May 6, 2017


Women of Distinction Awards Honour U of G Community Members

Prof. Éva Nagy was honoured in the science, technology and engineering and math category at the 2017 Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony on May 4th.

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