Samantha Allen | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

Samantha Allen

Portrait of graduate student Samantha Allen

2021 PhD Pathobiology

Advice for Prospective Grad Students...

Do your research: on the lab, on the faculty, on the department and on the city itself. There are so many different programs/departments and it's imperative you know what you're getting into. Speak to students that are currently in the lab or have recently graduated to get an idea of how things work. There are going to be some tough times in your program and you want to make sure you're surrounded by people that want to support you and help you get through, to be successful.


PhD. Pathobiology

Why I chose Guelph...

I graduated from veterinary school and went right into practising clinical medicine. While I enjoyed my time, I also had a passion for wildlife disease ecology and wanted to gain additional training/experience to help me grow in that area. When looking for a program, I needed a university that would help me focus on my areas of interest - wildlife disease (specifically vector-borne and wildlife/livestock interface diseases). Guelph was the ideal University for me to attend because of their strong animal health programs and close relationships with other groups that promote animal health (like the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC)).​

How will my work Improve Life...

No one wants to be caught of guard and not having a plan can be devastating when dealing with emerging infectious diseases. My research helped identify the presence of certain viruses and their distribution, which in turn can help producers (of cattle and sheep) and wildlife management groups when developing policies/tools to protect their populations.

My Future Plans...

The ideal job for me is one where I can mix field work with office time. The University of Guelph helped by providing me with opportunities for additional funding, and allowed me to have access to collaborators (i.e. CWHC, OMAFRA, CFIA) that are interested in my research areas.