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Canadian Bovine Mastitis Research Network

CBMRN Students

Testimonials of Our Students

Kristen Reyher, DMV, Ph.D. Candidate

 “Being involved in the CBMRN has taught me a great deal in an applied setting, as well as allowed me to connect with a wide array of researchers and gain a perspective of the broad panorama of epidemiology and mastitis research worldwide. I have been fortunate to be able to present an overview of the Core Research Platform and to generate interest in the superb and epidemiologically-relevant dataset we have amassed and made available to collaborators worldwide. In my mind, and the minds of many others, we have laid down the gauntlet in mastitis research, and I look forward to seeing what collaborations stem from our data, allowing them to be used to the fullest!” 

Jennifer McCarron, DMV


“One of the most important things that I have learned by being part of this Network is the importance of transfer of knowledge and dissemination of information and research findings. I know that these important aspects of research will continue to play an important part of my career in the future.”

Marianne Allard, M.Sc. & Ph.D. Candidate

“I was able to start a Ph.D. program after my master degree because CBMRN funding permitted me to extend my S. aureus virulence gene expression work in the mouse model to the cow level” Marianne Allard, CBMRN student (December 2007).

Now that she has research experience in bovine mastitis, Marianne wants to continue her studies in this area, applying her molecular biology skills in bovine disease. This is a great example of how our multidisciplinary training program provides incentives and challenges to continue research on bovine health.

Céline Ster, Ph.D. & Postdoctoral Researcher


"I'm PhD (post doc) engaged since July 2004 in Pierre Lacasse's team (Dairy and Swine Research and Development centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lennoxville, Québec). I arrived more or less when the Network had officially begun. I think this network is a big advantage for our research: its links a group of scientists working in the same area. It's a great opportunity for us to meet many scientists and so to create our web of contacts that will help us in our subject of investigation, or in the development of new ones and also, for our future, for the search of new labs.

The Network meets regularly and I went to one of those meetings. It was very instructive. It was the best place to make contacts, to better know each team and so eventually to ask help or prepare possible new collaborations. The Network also helps to the diffusion of our results. Thanks to the Network, I went to an international congress during winter 2005. I think that the web site gathers the different presentations done in congress so if you want to see my presentation.

It seems to me that the Network is a great advantage for us. If you want to discuss more about it, do not hesitate to contact me."

Richard Olde Riekerink, DVM, Ph.D.

"I had the honour to be the first PhD student within the Network. It has been a tremendous experience for me. The members of the Network are extremely friendly and helpful, which was important since my study was titled “The assessment of the mastitis situation in Canada.” I needed contacts and help all over the country, for which the Network is a perfect base. Also, the opportunity to work with and in a network of this magnitude, involving so many universities and disciplines within mastitis research is unique in the world."


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