1. Skull surgery a success for Toby
Norma and Kelly Tait of White Fox, Sask., brought their dog Toby, a shih-tzu-Yorkshire terrier cross, to the WCVM because of a large, grapefruit-sized mass on their pet’s head. After the WCVM’s clinical team diagnosed the mass as a rare type of tumour, the Taits agreed to have Toby undergo surgery. Dr. Danielle Zwueste, the WCVM’s board-certified neurology specialist, successfully removed the tumour and little Toby made a full recovery.
2. WCVM to operate Canada’s first PET-CT unit for animals
Thanks to an Alberta donor, whose $2.5
3. WCVM maintains international accreditation
After undergoing intensive review in 2017, the WCVM successfully maintained its accreditation with the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Council on Education. “Our team works very hard to maintain the high quality of our veterinary college’s academic programs, facilities and clinical services, so it’s gratifying to receive this international confirmation that our efforts are successful,” said WCVM Dean Dr. Douglas Freeman.
4. Vet’s world built on community connections
WCVM graduate Dr. Tom Schmidt has been a trusted clinician, adviser and friend to his clients in the North Battleford, Sask., area for almost two decades. He has built his practice, Battlefords Animal Hospital, on his two core values: relationships and trust. A former president of the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association (SVMA) and a staunch supporter of the WCVM, Schmidt believes the future of veterinary medicine in Saskatchewan depends on the WCVM remaining strong. “The backstop they provide, the support and the services that the veterinary school provides to practicing veterinarians help us to do a better job for our clients, and I think they make a difference economically for the province for agriculture and food animal production.”
5. Injured turtle on a roll with Lego wheelchair
In July 2018, WCVM veterinary student Garret Fraess was completing an externship at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Md., when a zoo employee brought in an injured wild eastern box turtle. The bottom part of the turtle’s shell had multiple fractures, and the zoo’s veterinary team had to perform surgery to stabilize the broken shell. To allow time for the turtle’s shell to heal properly, the resourceful Fraess worked with a friend in Denmark to design and build a one-of-a-kind wheelchair out of colourful Lego bricks, plastic wheels and some putty.Check out the full story and video.