[Avc2020] AVC News for January 2017

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Wed Feb 1 10:42:41 AST 2017





AVC News Brief for January 2017 
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Introducing the new AVC Alumni Association!


We are so excited to announce the creation of the AVC Alumni Association, an affiliate of the UPEI Alumni Association. The AVC Alumni Association is your chance to attend events sponsored by AVC and UPEI, network with industry professionals, stay in touch with your classmates and friends, and re-establish connections, while promoting the College to prospective students and acting as mentors to current students.
AVC alumni are automatically members of the AVC Alumni Association, as well as the UPEI Alumni Association. Stay tuned for news about opportunities to become involved in the new association and benefits specific to AVC alumni!
In the meantime, who’s up for a bit of friendly competition? Read on…
In July of this year, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association will hold its annual conference on PEI, and AVC is proud to be a big part of this great event. During the conference, we will host an All-Years Reunion on Friday, July 14, at 7 p.m., in our beautiful McCain Foundation Learning Commons.
In anticipation of the reunion, we are launching the first annual AVC Alumni Challenge Cup, a friendly and fun fundraising challenge to recognize the DVM class with the greatest proportion of grads who donate a $25 gift or more to the College. The class with the highest percentage of participation will win the coveted AVC Alumni Challenge Cup, which will be awarded at the reunion. Your contribution is a wonderful way to show your pride in your class and your school—and to help current AVC students!
Take advantage of the AVC Alumni Association, and stay connected to your alma mater and your classmates. For more information or to get involved, please contact Anthony Gill, manager of alumni engagement for UPEI, at adgill at upei.ca or Janice MacWilliam, special events coordinator for AVC, at jmacwilliam at upei.ca.
Photo: Members of the AVC Classes of 1991 and 2006 held a joint reception and barbecue at the College during UPEI's 2016 Reunion Weekend.




Zoetis contributes to research project on antibiotic resistance in cows


A team of AVC researchers, led by Dr. Javier Sanchez, associate professor of epidemiology, is investigating antibiotic resistance in cows at the genetic level.
Dr. Sanchez was recently awarded $26,832.50 from Zoetis’s 2016 Investment in Innovation fund for the project, which will focus on understanding the genetic process that can cause pathogens affecting the health of cows’ udders to be resistant to antibiotics.
This project is part of a program researchers at AVC are building around molecular epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance in populations. The research team is composed of AVC faculty members Drs. Sanchez, J Trenton McClure, Luke Heider, and Juan Rodriguez-Lecompte, and post-doctoral fellow Dr. Julian Reyes.
The project complements an NSERC development grant Dr. Sanchez received last year to estimate antimicrobial resistance, using whole genome sequencing and bioinformatic tools, in microorganisms isolated from cows from farms with high and low use of antimicrobials.
In addition, the research team will collaborate with Colorado State University (CSU) to test a novel tool developed by CSU to quantify the amount of antimicrobial-resistant genes in milk samples.
“This is a novel approach that has not been tested before in milk samples,” said Dr. Sanchez, “so our research team is very excited about this opportunity and extremely thankful to Zoetis for providing the funds.”
“Antimicrobial resistance has been recognized by the World Health Organization and the United Nations as one of the main challenges in population health in the coming years,” he said. “Data generated from these projects will be used to prepare a national proposal of antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance in dairy cattle.”
The Zoetis Investment in Innovation fund provides $100,000 annually to the five Canadian veterinary colleges for research projects that are chosen for funding on a competitive basis.
Photo: Dr. Juanita Glencross-Winslow, manager of veterinary services, Zoetis Canada Inc., presents a cheque to Dr. Javier Sanchez from the Zoetis Investment in Innovation fund. Looking on are Dr. Greg Keefe (left), dean of AVC and a member of the project team, and Dr. Larry Hammell (right), associate dean of research for AVC. 



Second barred owl released in December


Just before Christmas, AVC’s Wildlife Service released a juvenile barred owl that had been recovering from an injury at AVC for three months.
The owl was hit by a car on the Georgetown Road near PEI’s Brudenell Provincial Park on September 30. Gerard Cormier found the owl on the side of the road and brought it to AVC. A physical examination revealed that the bird had an injured eye, but otherwise it was healthy with no other injuries. After consulting with veterinary ophthalmologist Dr. Chantal Pinard, it was determined that the best treatment for the owl was to remove the injured eye. Dr. Helene Van Doninck, of the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, performed the surgery on November 17. The owl recovered well and then spent a few weeks with falconer Jamie Stride, of Island Falconry, to prepare for its release. Before it was released, it was banded by Fiep de Bie, AVC Wildlife Service technician, with a unique number for record keeping.
Even with only one eye, an owl can hunt in its natural environment. The birds have multiple adaptations that make them efficient predators, including silent flight, acute directional hearing, highly light-sensitive three-dimensional vision, and the ability to turn their heads left and right up to 270 degrees and almost upside down.
Gerard Cormier, his wife Jean, and daughter Corrine were present at the release, which took place on December 21 in the Brudenell Provincial Park, close to where the owl was found. This was the second barred owl released by AVC’s Wildlife Service in December after treatment for injury at the College.
Photo courtesy of Jordi Segers.



Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre offers 2017 AVC Winter Webinars


The Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre will hold its 2017 AVC Winter Webinar series, entitled "New Approaches to Old Diseases," in late February and early March. During the series, Dr. Caroline Hewson, past Chair of Animal Welfare at AVC now residing in the UK, and Dr. Christine Savidge, Assistant Professor of Small Animal Medicine at AVC, will review some core communication tools for discussing terminal diagnoses with clients and then focus on practical strategies from human medicine that offer busy veterinary teams a new framework for handling severe and chronic disease in patients of all ages.
Webinar 1: The Toolbox
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm AST CE credits: 1 hour
Dr. Hewson will briefly review three core communication tools for delivering terminal diagnoses and creating workable clinical care plans with clients. She will then introduce three further tools with which to support owners and benefit their animals that have severe diseases. These tools will provide a framework to help attendees and their clients to anticipate and respond with greater peace of mind, as the animal’s condition deteriorates, and to identify the right time to start talking about euthanasia and the animal’s end-of-life.
Webinar 2: Applying disease trajectory in renal disease
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm AST CE credits: 1 hour
Dr. Savidge will use feline and canine cases of renal disease to illustrate different disease trajectories and how these influence discussions with clients, including the potential role of pain from renal disease. She will show examples of how disease trajectory graphs can help veterinarians and clients anticipate and respond to an animal’s changing condition, as renal insufficiency progresses, and decide when/if intensive rescue treatment is desirable in uremic crises.
Webinar 3: Pulling it all together with more case discussions
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm AST CE credits: 1 hour
Drs. Savidge and Hewson will tie together the concepts illustrated in the previous two webinars, using diverse cases of renal insufficiency from their practices and submitted by webinar participants.
To register, please visit awc.upei.ca
Photo: Smee, 16, enjoys a cat nap in a sunny spot.



AVC students participate in 2016 Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest


Second-year students Natalie Wright , Emily Siedl , and Jolene Vermeulen (left to right in photo) participated in the veterinary division of the 2016 Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest held at Ohio State University last fall.
At the contest, each student was provided with contrasting scenarios for the management of guinea pigs, purebred dogs, and meat sheep. They were required to assess and evaluate the welfare of the animals in each situation and present their reasoning to a judge. There was also a live animal team assessment of laying hens.
Dr. Michael Cockram, AVC Chair in Animal Welfare, was the team coach. Dr. Jonathan Spears, Chair of Biomedical Sciences, and Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez-Lecompte, Associate Professor of Immunology, provided additional specialty coaching.
The students worked together over several months preparing for the competition. “This competition allowed us to delve into some welfare issues that we may not be exposed to in our veterinary education, and it gave us the opportunity to achieve personal growth in our public speaking and communication,” said Jolene, who achieved the fifth highest individual score in the veterinary division. “It was great to get the opportunity to use the knowledge we had gained and meet other students who were enthusiastic about welfare issues.”
Funding for the students’ expenses was provided through the SJDAWC Student Project Fund, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, UK.



Dr. Tim Ogilvie named to board of AAVMC


Congratulations to Dr. Tim Ogilvie, a past dean and a founding faculty member at AVC, on being named to the board of the Association of American Veterinary Colleges, which oversees 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges around the world. Dr. Ogilvie served on AVC's faculty from 1985-2014, including as acting dean from 1998-99 and as dean from 1999-2008. He is currently dean of St. George's School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada. In its December 12 issue, Newsweek Magazine published an article entitled “How Studying Animals Will Make Us Healthier” by Dr. Ogilvie.



Applications accepted for Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Graduate Scholarship


The SJDAWC is calling for applications from potential graduate students for the 2017 Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Graduate Scholarship. The scholarship will support the training of researchers at the masters or doctoral level to pursue animal welfare research at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. Both applied or more fundamental approaches to research pertaining to animal welfare are welcome.
Applications for 2017 will be accepted until 12 noon (AST), Friday, February 17, with decisions to be announced in April. Students may take up their award at any time of the year but must do so within 12 months of the date of the letter of offer. Click here for more information about applying for the scholarship. 
Please note: All potential graduate students must identify a graduate faculty member willing to supervise the student should the application be successful. This must be included with the application.








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