Peggy A. Pritchard

Peggy Pritchard is a PhD student in the Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She is a member of the research team of Dr. Kelsey Spence and is co-advised by Professor Scott Weese (Pathobiology).

Current research

Therapy Dogs in End-of-Life Care: Preliminary Investigation & Epidemiological Considerations

Peggy's research focuses on the potential for bi-directional pathogen transmission in human-animal interactions in residential hospices, to address the considerable gaps in the existing literature and the dearth of evidence-based policies, guidelines, and best practices for mitigating the disease and welfare risks to animal and human populations. Through this work she hopes to enhance knowledge in the field, bring this discovery to practitioners, and influence policy.

Previous scholarly activity

Since 1995 Peggy has been actively publishing and sharing knowledge with professional and lay audiences in all areas of her braided career. These include: therapy dog service; mentoring of women in STEM; career advising, counselling and consulting; and librarianship. Contributions include: two books, 10 book chapters, and 150 papers, abstracts, and presentations.


University of Guelph Profile: Peggy A. Pritchard


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