Institution TypePublic University
Is there a medical school?No
Is this a land-grant institution?No
Vivarium Director
Program DirectorDr. Patricia V. Turner
Who to ContactDr. Patricia V. Turner
AddressDept of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON  N1G 2W1 Canada
Phone(519) 824-4120
Fax(519) 824-5930

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameCentral Animal Facility
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?Yes
Describe management structureMore than 5 administratively distinct vivaria
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralizedAnimals housed in 5+ separate locations
Vivarium Square Feet
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activitiesThere are 51 research sites affiliated with the University of Guelph. The Central Animal Facility at the University of Guelph was constructed in 1973 and houses a wide range of laboratory animals and aquatic species in approximately 2,449 square metres of space. A separate BSL 2 facility is present on campus for studies involving infectious disease. In addition, other nearby agricultural research stations house dairy, beef, porcine, ovine, and equine herds for university research use.

The University of Guelph is strategically situated in southwestern Ontario near several other major research centres. As part of their applied training, candidates will spend time at nearby research facilities (McMaster University, University of Western Ontario, University of Toronto) to gain a range of experiences.

All above-listed facilities hold Canadian Council of Animal Care certificates of Good Animal Practice.
Number of Veterinarians in program15
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program2
Number of Boarded Pathologists3
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists0
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit5
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit10

Training Program Details

Is this program recognized by ACLAM?Yes
Does this program participate in the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program (VIRMP)?No
Number of concurrent residents3
How many residents/trainees have completed this program?4
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?2
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?2003
How many years are required to complete this program (residency only)?3
Is formal coursework offered?Yes
Is a degree program associated with this residency?Yes
If yes, what degree(s)?Doctorate in Veterinary Science (DVSc)
Which departments most commonly grant degree(s)?Pathobiology
Give an overview of this program, describing its particular strengths and any unique aspects that are not addressed in any of the other sectionsCandidates entering the program must be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Canada (graduates of AVMA-accredited schools or equivalent). This is a thesis-based graduate program. In addition, all candidates will be required to obtain clinical experience and formal coursework training in the following areas in order to acquire an accepted level of expertise:

a) Ethics and Animal Welfare: ethics of animal experimentation, experiment monitoring, media communications, animal welfare and rights movements, history of humane movement, animal welfare legislation, protocol review and IACUC function, and human/companion animal bond.

b) Facility Management: personnel and financial management, facility design, physical plant considerations, occupational health and safety, and biohazards.

c) Laboratory Animal Medicine: anesthesia and analgesia, clinical care, animal models, diagnostic techniques, and nutrition.

d) Diseases of Laboratory Animals: epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, sentinel monitoring, zoonoses, and control of diseases of rodents, rabbits, nonhuman primates, small ruminants, and selected ectotherms, aquatic species, and carnivores.

e) Pathology of Laboratory Animals (strong emphasis): necropsy technique, diagnostic histopathology, and comparative pathology.

f) Biology of Laboratory Animals: genetics, breeding programs, physiology, handling, husbandry, management, and behaviors of commonly used mammalian species.

g) Use of Animals in Research (strong emphasis): experimental design and analysis – candidates will undertake a biomedical research project culminating in the presentation of a thesis for the DVSc degree.
Describe any unique research interests of your facultyThe Department of Pathobiology is committed to innovation in research and graduate research opportunities include but are not limited to the study of infectious disease and mechanisms of disease resistance in laboratory and domestic species, toxicologic pathology, and laboratory animal anaesthesia and analgesia.
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this programHobson D, Rupa P, Diaz G, Zhang H, Yang M, Mine Y, Turner PV, Kirby GM. 2007. Proteomic Analysis of Ovomucoid Hypersensitivity in Mice by Two-Dimensional Difference Gel Electrophoresis. Food Chem Toxicol, 45:2372-2380.

Phaneuf LR, Lillie BN, Hayes MA, Turner PV*. 2007. Binding of mouse mannan-binding lectins to different bacterial pathogens of mice. Vet Immunol Immunopathol, 118:129-33.

Phaneuf LR, Lillie BN, Hayes MA, Turner PV*. 2007. Single nucleotide polymorphisms in mannan-binding lectins and ficolins in various strains of mice. Int J Immunogenet, 34:259-267.

Phaneuf LR, Ceccarelli A, Laing JR, Moloo B, Turner PV*. 2007. Porcine Dermatitis and Nephropathy Syndrome Associated with Porcine Circovirus-2 Infection in a Yorkshire Pig. JAALAS, 46(3):68-72.

Phaneuf LR, Barker S, Groleau MA, Turner PV*. 2006. Tracheal Injury Following Endotracheal Intubation and Anesthesia in Rabbits. JAALAS, 45:67-72.
Where will vacancies be advertised?COMPMED, CVJ, CALAM/ACMAL Newsletter
What month does the program begin?Sept, Jan, or May

Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary$32,500
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?Partial or complete support for meetings at which the trainee is presenting material (at least 1/year).
Is individual health insurance provided?No
Is family health insurance provided?No
Describe any fees or tuitionsubject to change, consult calendar for details
Describe the residents' responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverageTrainees are expected to participate in on-call duties during the clinical rotations.
How many annual vacation days are given?10
How many annual sick days are given?5
Briefly describe the communityThis program takes place within the Ontario Veterinary College, which is located in Guelph (population: ~115,000) in southwestern Ontario. Guelph is within a one hour drive of Toronto and 3 hours from Detroit.
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