Graduate Student and Resident Day

A pre-conference graduate student and resident day will be held on Tuesday, August 11th, 2020.  Workshops will be focused on a variety of topics related to life as a nutrition graduate student or resident including; the importance of a balanced breakfast, smart stress management, having a healthy relationship with your computer, management of large data sets, communicating research scientifically and to the lay public, mentorship and finally how to give and receive feedback. 

This event will be open to any graduate student (MSc and PhD) as well as residents of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN) and the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ECVCN) registering for the full conference. Registration for this event is free. If you plan to attend, don’t forget to register for this event with conference registration.

Calling all animal photography enthusiasts!  

As a way to get to know you a little better during the virtual Graduate Student and Resident Day of the Global Animal Nutrition Summit, we invite you to submit a photo to any one of the following categories:  

  1. Funny Animal  
  2. Wildlife  
  3. Health & Nutrition  

Whether it’s a lizard, dog or horse, all animals are welcome! We also encourage you to submit a photo of yourself and a bit about your research so we can virtually meet you! Please include: 

  1. What category you are submitting to  
  2. Your name  
  3. Where you’re from 
  4. Where you are studying 
  5. What program you’re in 
  6. Topic of research 
  7. Fun fact about yourself 

Submissions are due on August 5, 2020 by 8:00pm EST to and virtual voting will take place during the Graduate Student and Resident Day. The contest is open to any graduate student or resident who is registered for the Graduate Student and Resident Day. First place winners will receive a $50.00 Amazon gift-card and second place winners will receive a $25.00 Amazon gift-card! 

We look forward to seeing your submissions!  

Time Slot Topic SpeakerDescription of Program

Welcome and Introduction

Alison Ferguson,  BSc, DVM, CCRP
Professional Consulting Veterinarian Central Canada, Hill’s Pet Nutrition Canada Inc.

8:30-9:30Balanced Nutrition for a Busy Life

Lindzie O’Reilly
MAN Registered Dietitian
Student Wellness University of Guelph

Join Lindzie O’Reilly, on-campus registered dietitian from University of Guelph’s Student Wellness Services, to learn nutrition strategies to support your physical and mental well-being. While nutrition is a very important part of self-care, implementing sound nutrition strategies can often feel impossible. This session will include easy to implement tips to help you establish regular and balanced meals, all while juggling a busy grad student schedule.

9:30-10:30What Can Modelling and Big Data Do For You?

Jennifer Ellis, PhD
Assistant Professor
Animal Systems Modelling
University of Guelph

In this talk, Dr. Jennifer Ellis will introduce students to the topic of biological modelling, big data and machine learning. Discussion will focus on recent trends and future applications within animal sciences, with open discussion of the strengths and pitfalls of various approaches. As well, students will gain insight into how these tools could be applied within their graduate degree program now, and develop high-demand skillsets for the rapidly digitalizing job market.

10:30-10:45COFFEE BREAK
Smart Stress

Kathy Somers. R. Kin
Stress Management & High-Performance Clinic
University of Guelph

Shift gears from stress to performance with brief, powerful brain/body strategies for Smart Stress Management. Kathy Somers from the Stress Management & High Performance Clinic will also share the BMW approach to self-calming and tips on how to be a resilient thinker.

11:45-12:45Having a Healthy Relationship with your Computer

Kathy Somers. R. Kin
Stress Management &
High-Performance Clinic
University of Guelph
Do you have a healthy relationship with your computer / devices? Spending more than 3 – 4 hours a week on a computers / devices increases risk of strain. Identify your personal risk profile (only 1 of the 7 risk factors is ergonomics!) and practice techniques for relaxing the neck, shoulders, back, and eyes, with Kathy Somers of the Stress Management & High Performance Clinic.
1:45-3:15Communicating Research

Elizabeth Shantz
Knowledge Mobilization Manager for the Research and
Innovation Office
University of Guelph

How can your research make a real difference? Estimates suggest that there is a significant gap between what we know (according to the best available science) and what we do (personal, policy and practice decisions) – and this gap is consistent across sectors.

This workshop will help you learn how to share your research with public, policy, and practice audiences. It will teach you the fundamentals of knowledge mobilization, including developing a knowledge mobilization plan, plain language writing, and dissemination strategies. You’ll also have a chance to think about how you can apply these practices to your own research to increase your impact.

Mentorship and Feedback

Dr. Carolyn Kerr, DVM, DVSc, PhD, Diplomate A.C.V.A
Department Chair
Ontario Veterinary College University of Guelph

Feedback has been shown to be one of the most powerful and effective influences on student achievement and yet many instructors are uncomfortable providing feedback. Essential characteristics of feedback that have positive influences on learners as well as strategies to deliver feedback will be discussed. Anticipating learners and our own response to feedback can help build a positive culture towards feedback in our clinical settings.

The Graduate Student and Resident Day is sponsored by

Diamond sponsor