With a Bachelor
of Science in Agriculture [With Honours] in Animal Sciences, from the University
of Guelph, Michelle majored in animal production systems. Her
Master of Science degree from the same Institution, majored in Animal Nutrition,
research in canine nutrition [The Incidence of Osteochondral Disease in
Golden Retriever Puppies Related to Dietary Protein Intake]. She
has received research funding from major pet food companies. She
is registered in the Province of Ontario as a Professional Agronomist [P.Ag].
is computer and Internet literate. Her
people' skills include working as a Teaching Assistant at the University,
and more distant work in office management in both the health and transportation
She has had practical
experience in managing a small farm while attending university, and has
taken the farm management course from The Ontario Agricultural Training
Institute [OATI] via the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural
Affairs [OMAFRA]. Other
interests include Quackerbox Farms (Muscovy Duck) and Silmaril Farms
[Orchards & Purebred Sheep].
She works as an independent consultant in research & technology application in Agribusiness for VISTA.
With an undergraduate
degree in Zoology with an Applied Mathematics minor [With Honours] from
the University of Guelph, Rick continued into a Doctor of Medicine program
at McMaster University. Following
completion of specialty training [in Obstetrics & Gynecology] He has
become a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons [Canada] and of the Society
of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada. As
a tenured, part-time Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
at McMaster University, he has been recognized for clinical skills &
teaching [H.R. Morgan Award for excellence in Teaching Surgical Skills
and the National Teaching Award from the Council on Resident Education
in Obstetrics & Gynaecology], and research contributions. As
a private practitioner in a surgical specialty, in a highly government
regulated profession, Rick has experience in corporate hospital settings
in continuous quality assurance, audit and utilization and team leading
and building. His private practice
of more than 25+ years has provided practical small business' experience
and is computer networked. Past
experience included employment as a computer programmer/analyst in statistics.
Interests include the application of advanced reproductive
technologies to canines [Gamete cryobanking, embryo transplant, intrauterine
insemination and reproductive ultrasound use] through the Canadian Canine
Cryobank. Other interests
include Silmaril Farms.
The Kennel is permanently registered with the Canadian Kennel Club [based on years of membership & numbers of champions from our own breed stock] and is owned by the corporation Silmaril Kennels  Limited.
The company is registered in the Province of Ontario. While the legal structure is corporate, the kennel is directed by the husband and wife team of Rick and Michelle. The kennel is physically situated in the "Golden Horseshoe" area of southern Ontario, with excellent access to both the Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, and also the International Airport in Buffalo, New York. Located on our home farm, our animals are exercised daily in our orchards. Our dogs are exposed to horses, sheep, chickens, turkeys, ducks and three barn cats "Tigger" , "Shadow" and "Patches"!
Our animals are well socialized, with visiting families, prospective customers, farm and kennel help, and of course with ourselves and families including grandchildren! While the structure is corporate, the planning and love of all of our animals are an integral part of whom we are as people.
Our mission statement is to produce healthy, well socialized, well-rounded Golden Retrievers equally capable of work in the conformation and obedience rings or field. Of course they are well rounded as pet and companion animals and sometimes as special needs animals.
We aim to apply recognized scientific breeding principles to the improvement of our chosen and only breed. We consider the tools of advanced reproductive technology, as offering both a blessing and a curse. These tools must be used prudently in an established husbandry program.
We have been licenced as an independent research facility for a number of years, under provincial legislation supervised by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs [OMAFRA]; We have our own Independent Animal Care Committee [including 'community' representation] .
We have been described as - "As good as any, better than most ...".
We meet or exceed the standards of both :
We attempt to stimulate discussion towards improved canine care in breeding, including published articles both in the print media and on the web. These articles have included general interest articles on Golden Retrievers, and more specific "how to" articles on Kennel Surveys of Previous Puppy Owners [Alternately at] and A Standardized Approach to Objective Kennel Inspections. A new article has recently been published [February 2000] : Dogs in the Information Age - Using Computers to Improve Our Kenneling.
We have developed a series of referenced monographs for common problems in Goldens.
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