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Terence Connor McCorkell

Position/Title: M.Sc. (Thesis) Candidate

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Education: H.B.Sc. ANSC, M.Sc. Companion Animal Nutrition Student


Growing up in small-town rural Canada, Connor's love of animals began early in life.  His childhood was spent surrounded by a variety of family pets including, dogs, cats, and horses. Like many young animal lovers, he aspired to become a veterinarian one day and used to pretend to heal his family pets when they became "sick". Following graduation from high school, Connor decided to take a year off before furthering his education to run the family horse farm. It was during this time that Connor became certain that he wanted a career in the animal health industry, thanks to his experiences on the farm and through his time working with a local veterinary clinic. He later attended the University of Guelph where he studied Animal Sciences. During his 3rd and 4th year, Connor took a few courses in animal nutrition and metabolism, one of which being horse nutrition taught by Dr. Anna Kate Shoveller. It was during this time that Connor discovered his passion for nutrition and just how important it is for optimal animal health and wellbeing. After graduation, he decided to continue his education at the University of Guelph with the Department of Animal Biosciences through their Master of Science in Animal Nutrition program, where he currently is today. His research focuses on mineral and electrolyte metabolism in equines and canines with the Shoveller Laboratory.