2021 Networking Brunch
What is our annual Networking Brunch? This event gathers veterinarians from an array of specialties to meet with students to discuss their career path and what a typical day in their work is like. It is a chance for you to ask questions, in a speed-dating fashion, pertaining to a wide variety of issues that veterinarians face in their daily lives, giving you insight to a particular path that you may choose to pursue in the future. This year, we are featuring an extremely diverse and highly anticipated group of specialties! These individuals are eager to provide invaluable expertise and perspective from their extraordinary fields of study, so be sure to prepare your questions ahead of time. This event is one of our club's most educative and memorable experiences!
Our W21 Networking "Brunch" event will be held over two dates via Microsoft Teams: Sunday, January 17th and Sunday, January 24th, both from 11:00am - 12:30pm EST. Each date will feature a different group of specialties. To sign up and choose your date/specialty preferences, please access our Google form
As of January 5th, 1:40 pm EST, all minor problems have been fixed on the Google form - please resubmit your preferences if a certain option was not available prior
Some details to note:
- You are permitted to attend one or both of these weekends but if these dates reach their max capacity of 25 students per veterinarian, then you will be registered for the day that you indicated a preference for
- You will be seeing three vets for each Sunday that you attend in a breakout group with up to 24 other students
- You will have a designated time of 30 minutes with each veterinarian that you are scheduled for
- Please indicate the vet that you would most like to see for each day that you can attend and we will try to place everyone with their first choices
- Please note that this event is first come first serve, so if you would like to increase your chances of being placed with the vet that you would most like to see, register as early as possible
- The last day that you are permitted to register for this event is January 13th at 11:59pm EST (UPDATE: Signup for the 24th date will remain open)
- On January 16th you will receive an email from us with the date(s) you are registered for, the vets that you are scheduled to see, and instructions on how to enter your breakout groups
Take a look below and see this year's amazing lineup!
Dr. Martin Haulena
Dr. Martin Haulena graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 1993. He completed a clinical internship in aquatic animal medicine at Mystic Aquarium in 1996 and a Master’s degree in pathobiology from the University of Guelph in 1999. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine in 2007. Dr. Haulena was the Staff Veterinarian at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California for 9 years and has been Head Veterinarian & Director, Animal Health at the Vancouver Aquarium since 2006. His special interests are in the medical management of aquatic animals, particularly marine mammals, with emphasis on innovative diagnostic methods, developing safe anaesthetic protocols and improving surgical techniques. Veterinary students and veterinarians from around the world study aquatic animal medicine each year under the direction of Dr. Haulena. He serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University and Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre. His professional affiliations include the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine for which he is past President, Wildlife Disease Association and the American Association of Zoological Veterinarians. He has authored over 80 scientific journal articles and book chapters.
"Our family enjoys skiing, diving, and traveling. For COVID I decided I wanted to learn to play my electric guitar really loud to annoy my teenagers and dog as much as possible. I currently live with my two teenagers, my best friend Trevor-the-rescue-dog, two horses, 4 ducks, a bunch of fish and a lizard or two."
Dr. Hugues Beaufrère
Specialty: Zoological Medicine
Dr. Beaufrère received his veterinary degree from the University of Lyon, France in 2006. He completed a small animal internship in a private practice in Belgium in 2007 followed by an avian and exotic medicine internship at the Ontario Veterinary College the following year. Following his internships, Dr. Beaufrère completed a combined PhD and Zoological Medicine Residency program at the School of Veterinary Medicine - Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA and the Audubon Nature Institute, New Orleans, USA. Dr. Beaufrère is currently an assistant professor in avian and exotic medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College – University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Jackie Parr
Dr. Parr graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2009 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN) in 2015. In June 2016, she was awarded with the OVC Young Alumnus Award. Also known as “The Kibble Queen”, she is a veterinary clinical nutritionist and adjunct professor at OVC. She is one of 4 small animal board-certified veterinary clinical nutritionists in Canada and is passionate about teaching veterinary professionals, pet owners, and student veterinarians about how to keep cats and dogs in the best health possible through a nutritious and balanced diet. As part of OVC’s Clinical Nutrition team, Dr. Parr helps prepare the next generation of veterinary leaders through the 4th year Clinical Nutrition Rotation elective where she equips students with the diet and nutritional knowledge they will need once in practice.