History of the Toxicology Program
Toxicology has a long history at the University of Guelph, originally in mammalian toxicology as part of veterinary medicine and environmental toxicology in the context of agriculture. Formal undergraduate programs in toxicology were initiated in 1982 with the establishment of the undergraduate specialized honours BSc degree in toxicology, which was the first of its kind in Canada. Fifteen undergraduate courses directed at toxicological issues were developed. This has evolved into the two BSc programs in Biomedical Toxicology and Environmental Toxicology, which has been available in a cooperative work study option since 1991.
The Graduate Interdepartmental Collaborative Toxicology Program was established in 1989 with fifteen faculty from six departments. By 2009, The Program has grown to 23 core faculty representing 11 departments.
The University of Guelph is also host to the headquarters of the Canadian Network of Toxicology Centres (CNTC). CNTC is a nation-wide research network in toxicology, funded by the Canadian federal government, and having three "nodes", at Guelph, Montreal, and Saskatoon.