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Kendra Broadfoot

Kendra Broadfoot

MSc student, Department of Population Medicine

Research Focus: Transmission and effects of bovine leukosis in dairy calves

Kendra Broadfoot grew up in Stratford, Ontario and developed a passion for veterinary medicine at a young age. She completed a high school co-op position at a small animal veterinary hospital, then pursued her Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Animal Science at the University of Guelph.

During her BSc, she completed research courses that sparked her interest , so she applied for a research assistant position in the Department of Population Medicine after completing her degree. In this role, Kendra gained experience collecting data, performing health exams in calves, and learning the ins and outs of a graduate student research project.

Kendra decided to pursue her MSc in the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) after experiencing the community firsthand and working alongside Dr. David Renaud’s research group. She felt there would be many opportunities to learn through her own project and from the people she’d be working with, which would satisfy her goals and interests.

Kendra will be exploring the transmission and effect of bovine leukosis in dairy calves with Dr. Renaud. Prior to this project, this disease has primarily been studied in adult dairy cows. Given that bovine leukosis cannot be treated, or prevented with vaccines, it has substantial economic implications for dairy producers. Working alongside fellow MSc student Francesca Pharo, Kendra will collect blood samples through early life at a calf-raising facility to assess when and how this disease affects young calves. She hopes that this research will bring awareness to leukosis and help guide future research in this area.

Kendra is excited to be a part of dairy research: “I really enjoy the community that is Dairy at Guelph. I didn’t grow up on a farm, so I came into the dairy world without firsthand experience, but everyone has been very welcoming. If you’re willing to show that you can work hard and that you want to learn, there are always people here who are willing to teach you.”

She has started the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at OVC and will continue her MSc around the veterinary program, contributing to both research and veterinary medicine.

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