#viewsfromagryph: Adriana

AdriannaName: Adriana Bianco

Program: Master of Science, Clinical Science; Bachelor of Science, Animal Biology

Class: 2019

Hometown: Grimsby






What attracted you to the University of Guelph?

I found the proximity to the Ontario Veterinary College attractive because in high school it was my goal to attend veterinary school right after my bachelor's degree, and I wanted to take advantage of any opportunities to get involved in OVC as an undergrad.

I was also fascinated by the University of Guelph's commitment to environmental sustainability. I have always been interested in the environment and helping my parents make our home as eco-friendly as possible, so I was happy to learn that the U of G shares this value.

What attracted you to your program at U of G?

I've always loved animals, and from a young age knew I wanted to work with animals as career so the Animal Biology program at U of G felt like a perfect fit for me!

Following the completion of my Bachelor's, I knew that I wanted to pursue higher education. I didn't feel ready to leave the University of Guelph just yet, so when my application to vet school didn't work out I explored other options at the Ontario Veterinary College. I found a Master's program that was interesting and an advisor willing to mentor me through a thesis based master's project so I decided to go to grad school.

What is something COOL that you’ve learned from your program/studies so far?

During a field course I took called International Agriculture (AGR*2500), I had the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica to learn all about how bananas, pineapple, palm oil, coffee, sugar cane and chocolate are grown sustainably; as well as how livestock are raised in a tropical climate. I could probably fill several pages with all the cool things I learned during this short 10 day trip, but one fact that stuck with me is that conventionally grown bananas are sprayed with pesticides 52 times per year (once per week!) which is insanely high compared to other crops, and has a negative environmental impact on the surrounding ecosystems. Moral of the story = buy organic bananas!

What has been (or is) your favourite course in your program?

My favourite course I've taken while at U of G was Pet Nutrition (ANSC*4560). Through this course I connected with my advisor for my masters and I really enjoyed that the course was more applied and focused on projects instead of exams.

What are you most excited about this year?

I am excited to be starting my own research project and conducting experiments!

What are your (current) post-graduate plans, or goals?

Currently, the plan is to finish my thesis in 2 years, then reapply to vet school as a graduate student. I am also open to taking advantage of any career opportunities that may come my way in the pet food industry, or in a lab and having a more research focused career.

Best piece of advice you wish you could have given yourself in Grade 12.

"There's something you can learn from everyone."

#FunFact About Yourself.

I love birds! I volunteer with birds of prey on campus at the University of Guelph through Wild Ontario and I own 2 pet budgies named Matcha and Pickles.

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