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Students Bolster Wikipedia’s Pet Nutrition Content with Science

Wikipedia’s reputation as a go-to source for information is clear in the English site’s statistics; it receives 7.7 billion page views per month, but is it a reputable source for information?

The information on pet nutrition is certainly much more credible today, thanks to Prof. Kate Shoveller’s pet nutrition class that gathered reputable information on 32 different pet nutrition topics for submission to the site.

Research Aims to Make Fish Farming More Energy Efficient

More sustainable aquaculture in Canada and abroad is the goal of a novel research project at the University of Guelph that brings together experts in fish nutrition and engineering. The researchers aim to make fish farming more energy efficient, saving money for producers in Canada’s nearly $1 billion aquaculture industry and producing more healthy fish for consumers.

Agricultural Research, Health Studies Receive Provincial Funding

Genetics, stem cells and back pain are among University of Guelph research projects awarded funding by the provincial government at the end of August. Prof. Filippo Miglior of the Department of Animal Biosciences received $390,258 toward his genomics research to improve feed efficiency and reduce methane emissions in livestock, such as dairy cows.

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Feline Fine: Looking After Aging Cats

Canadians are living much longer lives than they did 100, or even 50 years ago, thanks to advances in health care and research.

The same trend is true for the feline population, shares Kate Shoveller, a comparative nutritionist and assistant professor in the Department of Animal Biosciences.

Similar to the human population, advances in animal health and nutrition have enabled cats to live longer lives.

“Just like humans, we have a very large aging population of cats,” she notes.

Krysta holds a white hen.

Developing Practice to Support Policy

It’s a long way from Scarborough, Ontario to Auchincruive, Scotland - over 5,000 km. For Krysta Morrissey, a PhD candidate in the Department of Animal Biosciences, not only was it a long journey, but it was also a long time in the making.

Unbeknownst to Krysta, she set out on a path to Scotland, several years prior to her travel dates, when she began working in Prof. Tina Widowski’s lab as an undergrad.

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Tour de France: Equine Style

Cette dernière Juin, treize étudiants en gestion Equine dirigés vers la France pour une visite d'étude équine de dix jours. Did you get that? Maybe it’s time to brush up on your French.

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.

Consumer Demand Hatches Poultry Nutrition Research

A growing number of farmers, grocery stores and restaurants are offering antibiotic-free poultry in response to consumer demand for more naturally-raised meat. Animal biosciences professor Elijah Kiarie, who holds the McIntosh Family Professorship in Poultry Nutrition, is looking at ways to raise healthier poultry by improving their diets and reducing the use of antibiotics.

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.

PhD candidate Meagan King stands with two dairy cows.

Harnessing Data for Healthier Dairy Cows

Dairy farmers, veterinarians and researchers work tirelessly to ensure their dairy herds are kept happy and healthy. Meagan King, a PhD candidate in the Department of Animal Biosciences, is one such researcher working to continually improve the health and welfare of dairy herds across Canada. Her research focuses on dairy cow behaviour and welfare in robotic milking systems.

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