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University of Guelph strengthens and grows partnerships in veterinary medicine and one health with top Indian institutions

University of Guelph has strengthened its role as a global leader in veterinary medicine and one health by reinforcing and expanding formal partnerships in research, education, and outreach with premier veterinary universities in India.

U of G renewed its formal relationship with Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), which was originally established by President Vaccarino in 2016.

U of G also established a new formal partnership with Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (LUVAS). U of G has long had informal ties with LUVAS, but groundwork laid by Ontario Veterinary College Dean Jeff Wichtel and Prof. Pavneesh Madan, in March of 2018 led to the creation of a more formalised relationship with the university.

The two Memoranda of Understanding were signed in separate ceremonies in India involving the partner institutions by U of G Vice-President Research, Malcolm Campbell.

Vice-President Campbell noted the phenomenal opportunities afforded by the two partnerships.

“The partnerships with these two outstanding Indian institutions will catalyse the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and people, thereby powering critical discoveries, fuelling innovation, and training the next generation of thought leaders in veterinary medicine and one health. There is a tremendous amount we will learn from each other, and we will be able to capitalise on our unique research environments and facilities, and our distinct regional perspectives.”

“Crucially, by growing our existing formal partnership with GADVASU, and establishing a new one with LUVAS, U of G will be positioned to capitalise on our strengths in veterinary medicine and one health to make positive impacts that span from the local to the global. Many of the world’s greatest challenges, all related to animal, human, and animal health, are experienced acutely in India. By partnering with these leading Indian universities, U of G can help make a difference that improves lives on a global scale.”

Vice-President Campbell acknowledged the key leadership roles played by GADVASU Vice-Chancellor Dr. A. S. Nanda, Director of Research, Dr. JPS Gill, LUVAS Vice-Chancellor Dr. Gurdial Singh, LUVAS Director of Research, Dr. Parveen Goel, as well as OVC Dean Wichtel and Professor Madan in creating these powerful partnerships.

This story is part one of a three-part series on how University of Guelph strengthens and grows partnerships in India. The U of G has signed four partnership agreements with major post-secondary institutions in India. They include formal agreements in research, education and outreach, strengthening U of G’s role as a global leader in veterinary medicine, one health and agriculture.