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Veterinary Innovation

The Animal Health Partners Research Chair in Veterinary Medical Innovation

The Animal Health Partners Research Chair in Veterinary Medical Innovation is a unique and exciting partnership between the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) at the University of Guelph and the Animal Health Partners (AHP), a veterinary emergency and specialty hospital in Toronto, Ontario. This partnership aims to facilitate a One Health approach to advancing medical diagnoses and therapies in companion animal health and translate this knowledge to accelerate human medical discoveries. In creating this collaborative approach, the AHP Research Chair in Veterinary Medical Innovation expands how the human and veterinary medical communities work together and will create a framework for discovery.

The Research Chair is an OVC faculty member who will act to facilitate and coordinate a range of research activities between partners within the OVC and AHP with a focus on the use of technology for improving diagnosis and intervention. The Chair will organize and catalyze the sharing of clinical case material, expertise and specialized equipment, and generate new opportunities for ground-breaking and novel approaches to comparative medical research and training. This work has been made possible by a generous contribution by Animal Health Partners.

Objectives of the Research Chair

  • To promote clinical and biomedical research​ with a focus on veterinary clinical trials to facilitate medical discovery
  • To facilitate collaborative research programs​ between veterinary and human clinicians
  • To improve patient recruitment into veterinary clinical trials ​by utilizing clinical patients from the OVC and AHP
  • To disseminate findings to the veterinary & human medical community​