Tag: Jeff Wichtel

No kidding: small ruminants are coming on big

Ontario’s veterinary community is responding to the rise in goat and sheep production with new education and research initiatives. Jeff Wichtel, dean of the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), says since September, his school’s curriculum has expanded teaching to include more information on small ruminants, and is conducting several new research projects to build up health… Read more »

Producers warned about veterinarian shortage

If you have a sick animal, there’s no such thing as a “timely” veterinarian shortage. But the current situation, which is seeing fewer veterinary service hours available and much more demand expected, is particularly worrisome. It’s raising caution flags in the veterinary sector, and has a leading veterinary educator searching for solutions. Here’s the situation…. Read more »

These New Vets See Their Future in the Swine Sector

You can measure the pork industry’s development in Ontario in some obvious ways, such as sales and the size of the herd across the province. But Prof. Bob Friendship at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, says another strong indicator of the sector’s vitality is the number of veterinary students who are choosing it… Read more »

New Dean Says Team Approach Working for Rural Vets

Keeping livestock healthy in ways that consumers endorse isn’t getting any easier for producers or veterinarians, neither of whom particularly need another challenge right now. New campaigns by fast-food outlets to stop using meat from animals that have been treated with antibiotics are raising all kinds of questions in consumers’ minds about modern production practices…. Read more »

University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College Appoints New Dean

The University of Guelph has named Jeff Wichtel of the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), University of Prince Edward Island as the new dean of the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). Wichtel begins a five-year term October 1, 2015, and replaces outgoing dean Elizabeth Stone, who has served as dean for a decade. Wichtel will also hold… Read more »