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New Equine Physiology Prof

The Department of Animal Biosciences is pleased to welcome Dr. Wendy Pearson as an assistant professor in equine physiology. Pearson joined the department on July 11, 2016.

"We are very pleased to have Wendy's extensive equine research and industry knowledge supporting the delivery of our growing Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management - Equine Management program," shares Jonathan Schmidt, OAC associate dean - academic.

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Rene Van Acker Named OAC Dean

Prof. Rene Van Acker has been appointed dean of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) for a five-year term effective Sept. 1. The announcement was made today by Charlotte Yates, provost and vice-president (academic). Van Acker is currently OAC’s associate dean (external relations) and a professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture.

New Dairy Scientist at Ridgetown Campus

The Department of Animal Biosciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Abigail Carpenter, Assistant Professor in applied dairy nutrition management. Dr. Carpenter starts on August 2, 2016 and will be located at the Ridgetown Campus.

Turfgrass Leadership Renewal

The Department of Plant Agriculture is pleased to announce two new appointments serving turfgrass education, research and outreach effective June 27th, 2016.

Stephen Fleischauer will assume the role of the Associate Diploma in Turfgrass (ADTM) Program Director, and Prof. Eric Lyons will assume the role of Director for the Guelph Turfgrass Institute (GTI) as part of his faculty duties.

“I am excited to welcome Steve and Eric into these new roles,” shares Prof. Hugh Earl, Interim Chair of the Department. 

Hybrid Turkeys Supports Animal Welfare Research at the University of Guelph

Hybrid Turkeys has donated $125,000 to the University of Guelph in support of turkey welfare research at the University’s Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare (CCSAW). The centre, under the direction of Prof. Tina Widowski, promotes the welfare of animals through research, outreach and education and seeks to better understand how animals perceive and respond to their environments and the ways that we handle them. 

Josh wearing waders and a hat standing in a pond with a net in his hands

Meet Joshua, Ecology Student

Joshua Persi didn’t wait to test the waters before getting involved at the University of Guelph. Now a third-year ecology major, Joshua has been an environmental advocate, a volunteer in on-campus laboratories and an active member of the Environmental Science Student Executive. Inspired by his experiences both in-class and in the field, Joshua plans to further his knowledge of plant ecology in a graduate program before entering the field as a professional ecologist.

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The Maxwell Family: Investing in Agriculture

For some, farming is in their genes and every career path seems to always end up leading back to the land. Joe Maxwell comes from a long line of farmers who immigrated to Canada from England in 1854. He grew up working on his parents’ farm in Bruce County and in 1947 he left to attend the Ontario Agricultural College. By the time he graduated in 1951, he wanted to go his own way and had no desire to return to the farm.

New Director Named for the School of Environmental Sciences

Prof. Jon Warland has been appointed as the new director of the School of Environmental Sciences (SES).

“It is an honour to have the chance to help SES move forward,” shares Warland. “We are surrounded by transition, and this is an exciting time to work with the school, and the rest of the college, to continue our reputation for excellence.  Many opportunities are before us, and it is a pleasure to engage with all of the amazing work going on throughout SES.”

Two New Profs for Animal Biosciences

The Department of Animal Biosciences is pleased to announce two new faculty appointments. Drs. Eduardo Ribeiro and Katharine Wood will join the department in January 2016 and April 2016, respectively. Ribeiro joins as an assistant professor in mammalian reproductive physiology and Wood joins the department as an assistant professor in beef cattle nutrition.

New Assistant Prof in Companion Animal Nutrition

The Department of Animal and Poultry Science (APS) is pleased to welcome Dr. Kate Shoveller as an Assistant Professor in Companion Animal Nutrition. Shoveller joined the department on August 4, 2015. “We are very pleased to have Kate join our department,” says Jim Squires, chair of APS. “This is a critical role for both APS and the University. Her research expertise in amino acid metabolism, behaviour and nutrition will bolster our focus in companion animal nutrition and directly benefit our students in the animal biology program.”

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