The Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) has hired Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton as OVC director of well-being programming.

In this newly-created position, Jones-Bitton will provide well-being expertise founded on an understanding of current literature, focused training, and knowledge of emerging trends.

“Andria brings a depth of knowledge and expertise in mental health and well-being research, particularly surrounding veterinarians, student veterinarians, and our farming community. I look forward to working with Andria as she develops and expands this important portfolio,” says Jeffrey Wichtel, dean of the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College.

As a member of the Associate Dean, Students, and Academic (ADSA) team, Jones-Bitton will serve a leadership role in the mapping, planning, and delivery of well-being and resilience training to undergraduate DVM students, sharing resources in a collaborative manner with those supporting graduate students across all departments of the OVC, and supporting the advancement of research in well-being and resilience.

Dr. Jones-Bitton graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College DVM program in 2000 and subsequently completed a PhD in Epidemiology at the OVC in 2005. She is a tenured faculty member at the University of Guelph’s Department of Population Medicine, with a strong research platform focused on the mental health of veterinarians, veterinary students, and farmers in Canada.

She has also done extensive outreach regarding mental health initiatives and was recently invited as a key witness in Canada’s House of Common’s Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food’s study of farmer mental health. She was also awarded the 2020 Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s Brigid Rivoire Award for Champions in Agricultural Mental Health.

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