CVER News 2020

September – October 2020

  • Congratulations to Peter Kimeli who has successfully defended his PhD Examinations;
    • Supervisor: J. VanLeeuwen
  • Welcome to new epidemiology graduate students:
    • Rasaq Ojasanya supervised by K. Thakur
    • Svenja Köpper supervised by K. Thakur & C. Revie
    • Simon Bourassi supervised by J. T. McClure

July – August 2020

  • Epi on the Island 2020: Due to COVID-19, the scheduled three Epi on the Island 2020 summer courses were reduced to one: Introduction to Multilevel Modelling, instructed by Drs. Ian Dohoo and Henrik Stryhn of the AVC. The course was held from Aug 17 to 28 both with in-class and online participation, where the former was restricted to local participants and a limitation was set for the number of online participants. In total, 17 participants from Australia, Ethiopia, Japan, Kenya, South Africa, the USA and across Canada took part in the course.
  • Congratulations to Danielle Burnett who has successfully defended her PhD Examination;
    • Supervisors: C. Revie and J. Grant
  • Congratulations to Daniel Muasya for successfully passing the comprehensive exams for his PhD program at UPEI.
    • Supervisor: J. VanLeeuwen
  • Welcome Dr. Caroline Ritter as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management. Dr. Ritter completed a PhD at the University of Calgary and held a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship with the University of British Columbia’s Animal Welfare Program before joining CVER. As part of her research, Dr. Ritter explores the potential of improving animal health and welfare through a better understanding of the decisions made by animal owners and custodians. Her work will combine social science, veterinary epidemiology, and animal welfare research to bring forth new advancements in animal care best practice.

April – June 2020

  • Nora Biermann (Supervisors: Aimie Dyle and J McClure) has won the Governor General’s Award for best PhD thesis in 2020. Her thesis title is: Investigation into various risk factors associated with surgical site infection in large animals. Congratulations, Nora!
  • Dr. John VanLeeuwen won the UPEI Faculty Association Merit Award of Scholarly Achievement in 2020. The award is given to faculty members who possess clear evidence of significant scholarly achievements in their field of study in the last five years. Congratulations, John!
  • Congratulations to Emily John who has successfully defended her PhD Examination;
    • Supervisors: J. McClure and M. Cameron
  • Congratulations to Jamye Rouette who has successfully defended her MSc Examination;
    • Supervisors: Kathleen MacMillan, Michael Cockram and Javier Sanchez

January – March 2020

  • Welcome Dr. Katy Proudfoot as an Associate Professor and Director of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre. After completing her MSc and PhD at the University of British Columbia’s Animal Welfare Program, Dr. Proudfoot was a faculty member at the Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Her research focuses on the behaviour and welfare of dairy cattle, with a specific emphasis on understanding maternal behavior of cows before giving birth. She is also interested in creating sustainable solutions to surplus male calves from the dairy industry, and conducting scholarly work around teaching animal welfare to veterinary students. 
  • Welcome to visiting graduate students:
    • Passawat Thammahakin and Thitiwich Changtes from Kasetsart University in Thailand
      • Local supervisor: Javier Sanchez

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