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One Health Student Mentorship

One Health Student Mentorship

September – November 2021 | Wednesdays 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM (EST) | Virtual

The Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses (CPHAZ) is hosting a One Health Student Mentorship event throughout the fall semester months from September to November 2021. This is an opportunity for any University of Guelph students to interact with different One Health professionals working in academia, public health, and research sectors. This virtual event will last one hour, starting with the mentor using the first 15-20 minutes to talk about their career path, and the remaining 40-45 minutes will be an open discussion format allowing students to ask questions and participate in active dialogue.

When? Ongoing, every other Wednesday throughout the fall semester.

Time? 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Where? Virtually using Microsoft Teams

Who can attend? Any undergraduate or graduate students from UofG

Cost? It’s FREE, but there will be limited enrollment!

How do I enroll? Please fill out this survey to enroll. You can sign up for as many mentors as you’d like.

Fall 2021 Schedule

  • September 15, 2021 – Dr. Sue Kilborn | DVM, DVSc, DACVIM (SAIM)
  • September 29, 2021 – Dr. Devon Metcalf | MSc, PhD, CIC
  • October 13, 2021 – Dr. Heather Murphy | PhD
  • October 27, 2021 – Dr. Shannon Majowicz | MSc, PhD
  • November 10, 2021 – Dr. Kelsey Spence | PhD
  • November 24, 2021 – Dr. Mackenzie Slifierz | MSc, PhD

Mentor Bios

Dr. Susan Kilborn received her DVM degree  from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, a DVSc degree in clinical studies from the University of Guelph, and became board certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1995. Dr Kilborn currently sees referral internal medicine cases at Orleans Veterinary Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and consults (internal medicine and nutrition) for Antech Diagnostic Laboratories.  She has been Ottawa region and One Health director for Community Veterinary Outreach since 2008 and is passionate about expanding the One Health concept in vulnerable populations.

Dr. Devon Metcalf received her PhD from the Department of Pathobiology under the supervision of Dr. Scott Weese.  She has applied her training in microbiology to the field of infection prevention and control first working a hospital setting and now in public health as an Infection Prevention and Control Specialist with Public Health Ontario.  She is also the Chair of an education committee for the national professional organization IPAC Canada and the Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Infection Control.

Dr. Heather Murphy recently joined the department of Pathobiology in September 2020 as a Canada Research Chair in One Health. She is an environmental engineer by training and has over 16 years of experience working in developed and developing countries on waterborne diseases. After her doctoral degree, she left academia and worked for UNICEF and the Public Health Agency of Canada before joining Temple University in 2015 as an Assistant Professor in their College of Public Health.

Dr. Shannon Majowicz is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health Sciences, University of Waterloo. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences, Master of Science and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Guelph. Her research focus is the epidemiology of foodborne and enteric infections, including disease burden, long-term sequelae, risk factors, vulnerabilities, and effective interventions, and systems and scenario approaches to food and health. Prior to joining academia, she was an epidemiologist with the Canadian federal government (Health Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada), where she investigated the burden of foodborne and diarrheal disease in the Canadian population.

Dr. Kelsey Spence is an Assistant Professor in Epidemiology and One Health in the Department of Population Medicine. She is an infectious disease epidemiologist with an interest in how disease dynamics are influenced by societal factors, such as how people perceive and respond to health threats. Prior to (re)joining OVC, she held positions as a postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Veterinary College in the UK and a mathematical modeller at the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Dr. Mackenzie Slifierz is an epidemiologist with Hamilton Public Health Services and an Assistant Professor (part-time) in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University. He also serves on a Board of Directors for a local healthcare system. His interests and experiences include infectious disease epidemiology and infection prevention and control practices.

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