The wet sand squishes beneath my gumboots as I walk along a beach near Tofino, on the western edge of Vancouver Island, B.C. Last night’s storm has strewn bull kelp and broken shells across the beach. It has also landed a true ocean oddity: a mermaid’s purse.
It may seem unusual to walk away questioning your own judgments and biases after a conversation with a veterinary pharmacologist, but this is exactly the type of deep thinking Dr. Trish Dowling inspires.
Researchers hope to extend the golden years for beloved pets by addressing a condition causing blindness in senior dogs.
WCVM student Jennifer Michaud was the first student to complete the Hill's Scholar program at Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), an external rotation available at the college's Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC).
Two hours can make a big difference in one’s understanding of the role all Canadians play in building reconciliation with Indigenous people in Canada.
If you’ve never had the chance to see or assist in a calving, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) and the Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) are hoping to change that.
Meet Womble. He’s part of the “PAWS Your Stress” therapy dog program at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).
Carina Beeksma of Edmonton, Alta., has worked in the veterinary profession for nearly 10 years, but she didn’t realize she was also working in One Health until she started studying at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) three years ago.
There are potentially two million hoarders in Canada, and while scientists have gained a better understanding of people who excessively collect objects, research and awareness of animal hoarding is still limited.
After months of rehabilitation, a great horned owl named Newman is enjoying a second chance at life in the wild — thanks to the hard work of a dedicated team of clinicians, students and staff at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).
On Sept. 27 and 28 the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) opened its doors to thousands of visitors during its popular student-run open house.
When Emma Thomson adopted Asha from a local shelter, she wasn’t expecting to come home with a dog that day — let alone one that would become a life-saving support for other animals.
Dr. Robin (Rob) Stevens had been a practicing physiotherapist for several years when he decided to adopt Cola, a rescue dog from Taiwan. Although Stevens knew he could provide a better life for Cola, he had no idea that his new pet would ultimately lead him to a new path in life as well.
As more vegetarian kibble shows up in pet stores, switching Fido and Fluffy to plant-based nutrition may seem like a good idea.
The Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF), a veterinary research fund at the University of Saskatchewan, has 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.
Manitoba veterinarian Dr. Jonas Watson has made philanthropy a priority throughout his veterinary career, and these acts of service have earned him a major international award.
One WCVM-trained veterinarian is at the forefront of caring for caribou and other wildlife as the official wildlife veterinarian for British Columbia’s Ministry of Forests.
Several members of the University of Saskatchewan (USask) community are set to receive the province's highest honour.
This spring, students from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) visited Saskatoon’s Remai Modern to help deepen their observational skills.
To say third-year veterinary student Molly-Rae Walker keeps busy would be an understatement. In addition to her studies at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), she takes part in a myriad of extra-curricular and volunteer activities. But one of the causes closest to her heart is taking care of Broccoli, her 16-month-old foster dog.
Three senior veterinary students at the University of Saskatchewan will gain hands-on experience as well as academic credit during this year’s Canadian Challenge Sled Dog Race, which takes place in northern Saskatchewan from Feb. 19 to 23.
If you live with a pet, there is a good chance you consider it to be a member of your family. It is well established that companion animals, ranging from cats and dogs through to birds and rodents, can have a positive health benefit in our lives.
Members of Saskatchewan's horse community will have the opportunity to learn from an international expert in infection control and biosecurity about how they can better protect the health of their horses.
Curious about how veterinarians identify a lameness problem or a reproductive issue in a horse? Want to learn more about the tools that equine specialists use to diagnose and treat lameness, colic, infectious diseases and more?
The Veterinary Education Today (VET) Conference and Medical Exposition brings together veterinary professionals from across Canada for high-quality continuing education — and it’s happening right now at Toronto’s International Centre from Sept. 27 to 29.
One of the biggest lessons Dr. Alex Muzzin has learned as a small animal veterinarian is to pay almost as much attention to the people walking through her doors as she does to the pets they bring with them.
For many people, poultry is simply another option in a long line of dinner ideas. But for Dr. Stewart J. Ritchie, president of Canadian Poultry Consultants Ltd. and S.J. Ritchie Research Farms Ltd., chickens (feathers) are a way of life.
If you’re looking to feed a lot of people, and feed them well, it only seems sensible to look for the largest beast on four legs you can find. Cows, pigs or even goats should fit the bill, right?
When most people think of veterinarians, it’s likely that their first thoughts include a dog or cat — maybe even a horse — being nursed back to health and returned to its relieved owner.
Dr. Terri Chotowetz, a 1990 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) and the University of Saskatchewan, is the new president of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) during its 70th year of existence.
There’s never been a time in Dr. Chris Bell’s life that he wasn’t surrounded by horses.
When Dr. Blaine Tully graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), it was a given that he would return to his home province of Manitoba. Home and family beckoned.
Dr. Allan Preston believes in giving back to society – that guiding principle prompted him to get involved in student politics during high school, and it has continued to inspire him throughout a veterinary career that’s spanned four decades.
When Dr. Jenn Nyhof finished her veterinary degree at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in 2016, she was offered the chance to conduct graduate studies in global health at Duke University which would send her travelling between North Carolina and Mongolia.
Whether you’re a tourist who is planning a cross-country camping trip or a trucker hauling freight from Toronto to Vancouver, you can help slow the spread of a devastating wildlife disease called white-nose syndrome (WNS) by checking to ensure that you’re not giving a bat a free ride.
Vera Rosin has had an important connection with dogs since she was a child.
Saskatchewan will soon join six other Canadian provinces that require veterinarians to report suspected animal neglect or abuse to animal protection agencies.
Students, staff and faculty at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) will be wearing their commitment to reconciliation this fall.
As mushers pulled their teams into checkpoints along the 394-kilometre course of this year's Canadian Challenge Sled Dog Race in northern Saskatchewan, one group they could always count on for help and advice was a small team of veterinarians and students.
Roberta Charles stands behind the dog house she built and painted by hand in her Grade 10 carpentry course at Senator Myles Venne School in La Ronge, Sask.
The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is dedicated to making a difference for animals and their owners in a community where the closest veterinarian is 250 kilometres away.
It's a rare person who looks upon research on rats – the unwelcome kind – as the study of urban wildlife.
A new centre that will allow equine specialists to provide the best possible care for mares and foals and other sick horses is now open at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).
High school students Trinity Johnson and Taylon Chaboyer travelled over 400 kilometres to visit the labs and clinics of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) as part of the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education program from May 8 to 12.
An ethereal landscape fills a first-floor hallway at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).
How can One Health be part of a student's life?
When it comes to the equine care available at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), clinicians have access to many advanced technologies and tools that allow them to provide cutting edge care.
When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its final report in 2015, Canadians were presented with a series of calls to action for creating healing and harmonious relations between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous citizens of Canada.
What do two board members of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization–International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac), a student leader from the University of California, Davis, and a therapy dog named Subie all have in common?
Saskatoon has won the bid, led by the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), to host the 2018 International One Health Congress, an event that is expected to bring more than 1,000 researchers and health professionals from around the world to share their work and create new research collaborations.
As part of National Philanthropy Day celebrations, the Saskatoon chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals awarded Jacqui Shumiatcher for her decades of generosity to the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and its students.
The Veterinary Education Today (VET) conference and medical exposition is off to a promising start with the success of its first event.
The Western College of Veterinary Medicine's (WCVM) veterinary oncology team is hosting a free, public education event to talk about animal cancer.
If balancing a heavy course load wasn't daunting enough, students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) also dedicate a significant amount of time to volunteering and giving back to their community.
Have you ever looked in the mirror while brushing your teeth at night and asked yourself if you did the best you could do that day?
After 9/11 occurred in 2001, food protection and biosecurity became major concerns for everyone in the United States.
In May 2016, students from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM)—along with their supervisors and volunteers from across Saskatchewan—spent a weekend in La Ronge, Sask., conducting wellness clinics and spaying and neutering pets in the community.
Veterinary educator, researcher and leader Dr. Ole Nielsen has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada — one of the country's highest civilian honours.
Watching a parrot receive acupuncture, learning about equine artificial insemination and visiting with a pot-bellied pig were highlights of Rachel Hageman and Hannah Dumont's week-long visit to the University of Saskatchewan's Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).
Veterinary professionals across Canada have a new option for gaining low-cost, high-quality continuing education.
When you spend a lifetime studying a single discipline, it can become a challenge to effectively communicate with those from other fields.
It was hard to tell by the way he squirmed and wagged his tail in the arms of the veterinarian holding him, but one young puppy recently faced a difficult journey to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre.
Are you a veterinarian or a goat or sheep producer looking for more information on herd health?
The Western College of Veterinary Medicine's (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre will host a free, public awareness session to discuss equine herpes virus-1 (EHV-1) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 24.
Experts from across the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) campus will come together to examine the links between Indigenous populations and the health of wildlife and environment in an upcoming panel discussion from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10.
An annual educational opportunity at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) has become a favourite event for young horse enthusiasts.
After half a decade, organizers of the annual Saskatchewan Equine Expo know just what makes horse lovers trot to the entrance gates each year.
The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is partnering with University of Saskatchewan (U of S) experts from across campus to present a panel discussion on international One Health initiatives.
The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is partnering with University of Saskatchewan experts from across campus to present a panel discussion on antimicrobial resistance.
Dr. Kathleen Anderson, a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, will serve as the president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in 2016.
Representatives from the regional veterinary college will be at Agribition from Nov. 23-28 in Regina, Sask.
Students working at the WCVM over the summer gained plenty of experience — and took some great photos of the fields, labs and barns they spent their time in.
In late September, fourth-year veterinary student Kayla Bilsborrow went from putting in 16 hour days during her clinical rotations to sleepless nights in the week leading up to Vetavision, the public open house at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).
The goat pass-on project started in 2006 with the goal to help alleviate poverty in rural Uganda by providing impoverished women with small-scale business opportunities. Each summer, the Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontières (VWB-VSF) selects students to volunteer on the project for three months. In 2015, the organization selected me — along with fellow WCVM student Brittany Smith and University of Montréal veterinary student Lena Kheirkhah — for the job.
Whether their patient is a high performance equine athlete or a beloved pony, veterinarians at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have access to a full range of technologies that can help diagnose equine lameness and pinpoint problems.
What is one suggestion or leadership lesson you've learned in your career? Guest speakers at the 2015 One Health Leadership Experience took turns answering that question during a panel session on Sunday morning, Aug. 23.
The first time Laci Schmidt stepped foot in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) was to attend Vetavision — the college's student-run open house.
One year after the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's new building officially opened in 1969, veterinary students were eager to open the college's doors to the public and share information about their new profession.
Randi Roberts knew something had to be done about the overpopulation of stray and feral cats in the north end of her hometown of Winnipeg, so she took action.
Jenn Nyhof of Thompson, Man., is a fourth-year veterinary student, president of the University of Saskatchewan's One Health Club and a veteran participant of the university's One Health Leadership Experience conference.
When a growing number of wildfires forced thousands of people in La Ronge and other northern Saskatchewan communities to evacuate in early July, they had to leave behind their pets.
As thousands of northern Saskatchewan residents flee their homes to avoid encroaching forest fires, pets have been left behind.
Two western Canadian veterinarians recently earned their places in the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame, and their portraits now hang with other members of the country's "agricultural royalty."
When high school students Keshay Mitsuing and Sommer Benjamin spent a week at the University of Saskatchewan, they ended up surprised at just how diverse the practice of veterinary medicine can be.
While the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is widely recognized for its role in educating veterinary students, the college has also played a part in ensuring that Western Canada's practicing veterinarians continue to enhance their training throughout their careers.
As Western Canada's new veterinary college came to life in the mid-1960s, a critical consideration was ensuring that future veterinary students had exposure to hands-on clinical experience with a diverse range of animals and cases.
To mark the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's 50-year anniversary, some of the college's best and brightest graduates are returning to Saskatoon and sharing their expertise during the 2015 WCVM June Conference, June 11-13.
Scientists, veterinarians and senior executives from around the globe will meet in Saskatoon from June 15 to 18 for the XVII International Symposium of the World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (WAVLD).
When members of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Class of 2015 receive their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degrees this spring, they'll join a group of nearly 3,000 people who have completed the college's challenging veterinary program.
The First International Symposium on Bison Health, to be held in Saskatoon from June 24-26, will offer attendees presentations from local, national and international bison experts as well as a tour of the University of Saskatchewan's Specialized Livestock Facility.
Nearly 40 University of Saskatchewan graduate students participated in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's annual Graduate Student Research Poster Days from March 17-18.
By September 1965, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) had its first class of veterinary students, its first faculty members and its first dean — but it was still waiting for its own permanent building at the University of Saskatchewan.
When Dr. Joe Stookey thought about who would be the ideal person to launch a new animal welfare fund at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), his friend Dr. Temple Grandin immediately came to mind.
When the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's first class of 33 students met for the first time in September 1965, it was the fulfilment of a dream that was decades in the making.
What's one thing that makes four videos about managing dog populations in the Battle River Treaty 6 area distinct?
The University of Saskatchewan officially became home to a college of veterinary medicine in August 1963 — but the university's close links with animal health and veterinary science began much earlier in its 108-year history.
The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan is hosting a special evening with Temple Grandin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, in Saskatoon.