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WCVM people: in memoriam

Sisodia joined the WCVM faculty in 1968, and he taught pharmacology and toxicology until his retirement in 2001. In addition to serving as department head for six years, he was a founding member of the Toxicology Group and Toxicology graduate program.

Sisodia leaves behind a legacy that includes a graduate program in toxicology which is recognized throughout the world. His passion for education and his commitment to the students impressed everyone with whom he worked.

The Dr. C.S. Sisodia Graduate Fund has been established in his honour and will help graduate students to cover expenses for thesis publication and research travel. Donations can be sent to the fund care of Adriana Brown, Toxicology Centre, 44 Campus Drive, University of Saskatchewan, S7N 5B3.

Dr. Paul Benns (WCVM '79) of High River, Alta., died on May 15, 2014, at the age of 67 years. Benns moved to Alberta from Ontario when he was 11 years old and attended school in the Atlee-Jenner area. He went on to work as a groom for the Canadian Olympic dressage team alongside Barbie Simpson and travelled to Europe.

Benns attended Olds College, the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta before attending the WCVM at the University of Saskatchewan. After receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 1979, he began practising at the Okotoks Animal Clinic and then worked at the Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver and Northlands Park in Edmonton. Benns settled into a local area practising with Dr. Pete Farran before he joined Province Livestock and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Benns was recognized for his 35 years of active service in veterinary medicine this year. His career as a veterinarian led him across the world to Australia, the United States, Japan, Nunavut, Africa and other locations. Benns is survived by his daughter Nevada, his son Tanner and his wife Sherrill. To send condolences and view Benns' tribute page please visit www.lylereeves.com.


Dr. Milton Ness (WCVM '82) of Edmonton, Alta., died on May 2, 2014. After graduating from the veterinary college, Ness began practising at the Ottewell Animal Clinic in 1986 and the Capilano Animal Clinic once it opened in 1987. He was the owner of both Edmonton veterinary clinics.

Experienced in exotic animal medicine and surgery, Ness became the City of Edmonton's zoo veterinarian in 2007 and oversaw the care and health of more than 350 animals at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. In his role as zoo veterinarian, Ness also became the key spokesperson for Lucy, the aged elephant who has lived in Edmonton for most of her 37 years of life.

Ness was well known for his willingness to share his knowledge and served as mentor for a number of Western Canada's veterinary students who completed externships and summer jobs at the Edmonton Valley Zoo.

Ness is survived by his wife Kathleen and his two children, Erik and Kristen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Edmonton Humane Society or Valley Zoo Development Society. Click here for more information.
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