[Avc2020] Fwd: AVC News for December 2016
AVC Student Bulletin
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Thu Dec 22 15:24:18 AST 2016
Below is the December issue of AVC News Brief, our electronic newsletter
featuring stories about the College, including our students (there are two
student stories in this issue)! If you want to see past issues, go to
http://www.upei.ca/avc/media-releases and click on "see the archives" at
the top of the page.
Stories about students' experiences are always welcome--they could be about
your community involvement, interesting experiences in the veterinary
field, research, etc.--so send along your ideas or submissions to me at
amacdonald at upei.ca.
Happy Holidays! See you next year! :)
AVC External Relations Officer
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From: Atlantic Veterinary College <avc at upei.ca>
Date: Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 3:02 PM
Subject: AVC News for December 2016
To: amacdonald at upei.ca
AVC News Brief for December 2016
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Happy Holidays from Dean Greg Keefe
On behalf of AVC, I wish you all peace, good health, and happiness during
this wonderful season. I thank our students, faculty, and staff for their
ongoing dedication, and our many friends, donors, and partners for their
great support. In the coming year, we look forward to celebrating new
achievements and embracing new opportunities. Happy Holidays, and a joyous
Nichola K.S. Goddard Foundation donates $25,000 to AVC
The Nichola K.S. Goddard Foundation has donated a total of $25,000 to the
Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) for the College’s cardiology service.
Read More ...
Applications accepted for 2017 Dr. Tim Ogilvie AVC Vet Camp
As of January 4, 2017, applications will be accepted for the 2017 Dr. Tim
Ogilvie AVC Vet Camp. The popular camp program provides participants with
an interactive and educational look into the world of veterinary medicine.
Students enjoy a week filled with science, animals, and fun. Junior camps
(grades 7-9) are scheduled for July 10–14 and July17–21; senior camps
(grades 10-12) take place from July 24– and July 31–August 4.
Find out what being a veterinarian is really like! Camp information and an
application form are available at www.upei.ca/avc/camp
or by calling (902) 566-0589. Deadline for applications is Friday, March
*Photo*: A student in the 2016 Dr. Tim Ogilvie AVC Vet Camp runs a dog
through its paces on a dog agility course.
Call for nominations for Atlantic Award of Excellence
AVC is calling for nominations for its 2016 Atlantic Award of Excellence in
Veterinary Medicine and Animal Care. This annual award recognizes
veterinarians who have made significant contributions to animal health and
welfare in Atlantic Canada. The award will be presented at the Atlantic
Provinces Veterinary Conference in April. Nominations are due January 31,
More information and a nomination form are available online at
Send nominations and letters of support by mail to:
Atlantic Award of Excellence Nominating Committee
c/o Dean’s Office, Atlantic Veterinary College
550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3
Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre offers 2017 webinar series
The Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre at AVC will hold its second annual
three-part webinar series on February 21 and 28, and on March 7, at 1 p.m.
Entitled “New Approaches to Old Diseases: Supporting Our Clients and Their
Animals in the Face of Terminal Illnesses,” the series will give
participating veterinarians and veterinary technicians three hours of
affordable CE from the comfort of their home or office. The webinars will
be offered by Dr. Caroline Hewson
past Chair of Animal Welfare at AVC now residing in the UK, and Dr.
Assistant Professor, Small Animal Medicine, at AVC. The speakers will
review some core communication tools for discussing terminal diagnoses with
clients and then focus on practical strategies, including from human
medicine, that offer busy veterinary teams a new framework for handling
severe and chronic disease in their patients. After exploring the four main
disease trajectories, we will use the example of renal disease to discuss
real life examples.
At the end of the series, participants will have a framework that will make
• to discuss terminal diagnoses and prognoses with different clients;
• for clients to comply with a care plan and have more peace of mind during
• to ensure that their chronically ill or elderly patients have “a life
• for veterinarians and clients to prepare for euthanasia and identify when
it is in an animal’s best interest.
Early bird offer to February 1: $20 per webinar or $50 for 3; after
February 2: $30 each or $75 for 3. There is no charge for veterinary or AHT
students. For more details about the webinars and registration, visit
Gifts for the PEI Humane Society!
A big shout-out to the student-organized AVC Shelter Medicine Club! The
club members collected supplies for the PEI Humane Society through their
holiday “giving tree”—everything from pet food and toys to blankets and
cleaning supplies. Shown here, Genevieve Machum, Class of 2018, delivers
the donations to the PEI HS.
Barred owl released after regaining health at AVC
After almost three weeks of treatment and recovery at AVC, a barred owl is
back in the woods near Hunter River, PEI.
Craig Younker, of Oyster Bed Bridge, brought the owl to the AVC Wildlife
Service on November 17 after it collided with the windshield of his car on
the Hopedale Road. The bird remained on the windshield for a short time
before it fell to the ground. It then flew to a nearby tree and perched on
a branch, but when Craig approached it, it fell to the ground. At that
point, he decided to take it to AVC.
Upon admission to the Wildlife Service, the bird was given a physical
examination, and radiographs were taken to check for broken bones. No
breaks were revealed, but the owl could not perch and was leaning against
the wall of its enclosure. The bird was obviously sore and was given pain
medication. It also did not eat on its own for the first week of its stay
With the help of a team of students, the owl was fed by hand and began to
improve and eat on its own. It was placed in AVC’s outdoor flight cage to
adjust to the weather in preparation for its release.
The AVC Wildlife Service released the owl on Wednesday, December 7, with
assistance from Craig and his girlfriend, Anna Potter, a fourth-year
student at AVC.
*Photo: *The barred owl perches in a tree after its release.
AVC students give back to their community
Elizabeth Moses, Class of 2017, and Julie Sparks, Class of 2018, recently
delivered 260 food items collected during a Christmas food drive to the
UPEI Food Bank.
Since September of this year, AVC students have collected 553 food items
for the food bank!
“Time and time again we are humbled by the generosity of my fellow
colleagues,” say Elizabeth and Julie. “Every donation matters, and we thank
everyone in every class for the support this year!”
The four classes at AVC held a friendly competition to see which would
gather the most donations during the semester. The winner was the Class of
2018, contributing 363 items. Assisting Elizabeth and Julie with the food
drive was Shanna-Lynn Neily, Class of 2020.
*Photo*: Elizabeth Moses and Julie Sparks display food items donated by AVC
students to the UPEI Food Bank.
Dr. Sophie St-Hilaire’s Canada Research Chair renewed
The Government of Canada recently announced
more than 200 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 48 postsecondary
institutions across the country. Among the honourees was Dr. Sophie
St-Hilaire, who begins her second, five-year term as UPEI’s Canada Research
Chair in Integrated Health Research for Sustainable Aquaculture.
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