2022 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 W22 Networking "Brunch" event will be held over two dates via Microsoft Teams: Sunday, January 16th and Sunday, January 23rd, both from 11:00am - 1:00pm EST. Each date will feature a different group of specialties. To sign up and choose your date/specialty preferences, please access our Google form
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 6th at 11:59pm EST
- On January 9th or 10th 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. Luis Arroyo Castro
Specialty: Large Animal Medicine
Dr. Arroyo grew up on a rural farm along the pacific coast of Costa Rica. At the Universidad Nacional-Heredia, he trained as a veterinarian until he received his Lic. Med. Vet. in 1994. For the next few years, he practiced mixed animal medicine in rural Costa Rica. After gaining years of clinical experience, Dr. Arroyo decided to attend the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in Guelph, ON where he completed the large animal medicine Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc) program in the Department of Clinical Studies. Following his completion, he furthered his education by working towards a PhD in the Department of Pathobiology at OVC.
Dr. Arroyo is now board certified in large animal medicine with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and has been a faculty member in the Department of Clinical studies since 2009.
His research interest is in large animal gastrointestinal disorders but, more recently, he has grown fond of equine vascular diseases with a focus on arteriosclerosis of the pulmonary artery of racehorses.
Dr. Heather Reid
Dr. Heather Reid is the head veterinarian at Toronto Wildlife Centre, clinical veterinarian at Toronto Zoo and president of Animal Experience International. Dr. Reid graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. Her interest in wildlife conservation led her to TWC where she has been helping sick, injured and orphaned wild animals for 20 years. At TWC Dr. Reid oversees a busy wildlife hospital that admits more than 5,000 patients each year, representing over 240 species of native wildlife. She enjoys helping people travel and get hands-on experience through Animal Experience International, matching people who want to make a difference, with wildlife organizations around the world.
Dr. Sonja Fonfara
Specialty: Clinical Trials / Research
Dr. Sonja Fonfara is a researcher, professor, and board-certified veterinary cardiologist working at the Ontario Veterinary College. Dr. Fonfara’s research focuses on cardiac remodeling related to aging and disease, particularly in cats. Before coming to the OVC, she previously graduated from University of Veterinary Medicine in Hanover, Germany, obtained a doctoral thesis in Veterinary Pathology at the University of Giessen, worked in a first opinion practice next to Frankfurt, and completed a postdoctoral research project in marine mammal immunology at the University of Kiel. Her passion for cardiology led her to a residency in veterinary cardiology at the Small Animal Teaching Hospital at the University of Liverpool, and following that she worked as lecturer at the Universities in Liverpool and Bristol, and obtained a PhD at the University of Helsinki. Since 2016, she has been at the University of Guelph where she works as teacher, clinician and researcher in small animal cardiology.
Dr. Davor Ojkic
Dr. Ojkic worked in swine practice after graduation. As a graduate student he developed a system for production of vectored vaccines. Since 2001 he has worked as a virologist and immunologist at the University of Guelph Animal Health Laboratory, a high throughput veterinary diagnostic laboratory. In his current position he runs a lab with over 20 technicians and students; the lab does over 600,000 molecular and immunological tests per year with rationalized and re-organized testing routines. Dr. Ojkic introduced and developed over 100 state-of the–art tests for detection and characterization of viruses of veterinary importance. He also streamlined laboratory routines resulting in shorter turnaround times in providing results to clients and significantly increased lab revenue and profitability. Dr. Ojkic provides advice to veterinary practitioners, industry representatives and government agencies, has 91 peer-reviewed publications, 107 practical publications and has given presentations at 71 conferences.
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