The WCVM's new PET-CT unit will serve as a hub for interdisciplinary research at the University of Saskatchewan. Photo by Christina Weese.

WCVM Today’s most-read links of 2019

As the calendar year draws to a close at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), we’re celebrating the holiday season by highlighting some of the most-read college articles posted on WCVM Today in 2019.

  1. Small deadly parasite emerging in Canada’s North

Harsh terrain and brutally cold temperatures are not the only dilemmas that Arctic dwellers face. Dr. Emily Jenkins and her team of researchers at the WCVM have identified parasites in the gastrointestinal tract of carnivores from northern Canada as Echinococcus spp., a small tapeworm no larger than a mustard seed. Despite its miniscule size, this parasite is extremely dangerous.

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  1. WCVM grad awarded for animal welfare work

Manitoba veterinarian Dr. Jonas Watson (WCVM ’06) has made philanthropy a priority throughout his veterinary career, and these acts of service earned him the World Veterinary Association’s 2019 Animal Welfare Award.

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  1. Fund receives legacy gift from Saskatoon vet

The WCVM’s Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) received a significant legacy gift from the estate of Dr. Michael Powell, a beloved small animal veterinarian who served the Saskatoon community for 35 years.

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  1. First veterinary class celebrates 50 years

This spring, members of the WCVM Class of 1969 celebrated the 50th anniversary of their graduation with a class reunion. The veterinary alumni were special guests at this spring’s University of Saskatchewan convocation ceremonies and participated in the WCVM evening awards banquet where the Class of 2019 — members of the college’s 50th class — celebrated their own graduation.

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  1. WCVM opens Canada’s first PET-CT unit for animals

This year Western Canada’s regional veterinary college became home to Canada’s only PET-CT unit dedicated to clinical use in animals as well as for animal-human research studies. The WCVM celebrated the official opening of the Allard-Roozen Imaging Suite on June 7, 2019. The suite’s construction and purchase of the PET-CT scanner was made possible by a $2.5-million donation from Cathy Roozen, an Alberta businesswoman and philanthropist.   

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