Guarding animal health on the Prairies

Dr. Yanyun Huang has ambitious goals for Prairie Diagnostic Services (PDS).

One lucky kitty

Eight months ago, luck had run out for a severely injured kitten found crawling outside a group home in Nipawin, Sask.

VMC provides essential animal care during pandemic

As the global coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, the way people perform normal, everyday tasks has changed everywhere — including veterinary clinics.

Windows into local waters

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.

Dowling masters the art of change

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.

Sights set on genetic test for eye disease

Researchers hope to extend the golden years for beloved pets by addressing a condition causing blindness in senior dogs.

Partnership provides primary healthcare experience

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).

Blanket exercise builds understanding at the WCVM

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.

Unique agriculture collaboration founded on four legs

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.

Therapy dogs give One Health benefits

Meet Womble. He’s part of the “PAWS Your Stress” therapy dog program at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

International experience gives One Health perspective

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.

Multi-disciplinary intervention critical for animal hoarding cases

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.

Injured owl flies free

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).

Vetavision brings veterinary medicine to the community

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.

Blood donation program for pets seeks volunteers

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.

WCVM internship primes vet for large animal practice

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.

Want your pet to go vegetarian? Be cautious, warns USask expert

As more vegetarian kibble shows up in pet stores, switching Fido and Fluffy to plant-based nutrition may seem like a good idea.

Fund receives legacy gift from Saskatoon vet

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.

WCVM grad recognized for animal welfare work

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.

WCVM alumna cares for calving caribou

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.

USask community honoured with Saskatchewan Order of Merit

Several members of the University of Saskatchewan (USask) community are set to receive the province's highest honour.

When vet med meets fine art

This spring, students from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) visited Saskatoon’s Remai Modern to help deepen their observational skills.

Vet student’s best soul-food is Broccoli

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.

WCVM teams up with Canadian Challenge for unique learning experience

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.

How to keep your pets safe from marijuana poisoning

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.

WCVM hosts biosecurity seminar at Equine Expo

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.

Clinic tour part of 2019 Equine Expo

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? 

WCVM part of national vet conference

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.

Dual degree sets up veterinarian for lifelong learning

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.

Poultry powers B.C. vet’s career

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.

Veterinarian’s work supports growing aquaculture industry

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?

Safeguarding food supply key part of B.C. vet’s role

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.

WCVM graduate heads national veterinary organization

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.

Vet school prepared equine surgeon for his life’s work

There’s never been a time in Dr. Chris Bell’s life that he wasn’t surrounded by horses.

Pigs came calling for WCVM graduate

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.

Manitoba vet looks back at career of giving back

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.

Home is where One Health happens

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.

No free rides for bats slows spread of white-nose syndrome

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.

Hearing ear dog helped by aquatic therapy

Vera Rosin has had an important connection with dogs since she was a child.

Animal protection act change will clarify veterinarian’s role

Saskatchewan will soon join six other Canadian provinces that require veterinarians to report suspected animal neglect or abuse to animal protection agencies.

WCVM embraces Orange Shirt Day

Students, staff and faculty at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) will be wearing their commitment to reconciliation this fall.

Veterinary team key at Canadian Challenge

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.

Students build community with dog houses

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.

La Ronge veterinary clinic a success

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.

Co-operation key to CWHC’s 25-year success

It's a rare person who looks upon research on rats – the unwelcome kind – as the study of urban wildlife.

WCVM opens new equine ICU and foal centre

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).

Program links Indigenous students to science

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.

Artists bring Indigenous knowledge to WCVM

An ethereal landscape fills a first-floor hallway at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

One Health student advocate to visit U of S

How can One Health be part of a student's life?

Vet students help Equine Expo gallop along

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.

Speakers to examine Indigenous issues

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.

One Health talks connect students, research

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 set for One Health conference

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.

WCVM donor receives philanthropy award

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.

Attendees enjoy new veterinary conference

The Veterinary Education Today (VET) conference and medical exposition is off to a promising start with the success of its first event.

Animal cancer event aimed at owners

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine's (WCVM) veterinary oncology team is hosting a free, public education event to talk about animal cancer.

Students give back with Vetavision

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.

Leadership lessons at the OHLE

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?

One Health spans spectrum of healthcare

After 9/11 occurred in 2001, food protection and biosecurity became major concerns for everyone in the United States.

Photo essay: Veterinarians in the North

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.

Former WCVM dean receives national honour

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.

Kirkness program promotes learning

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).

VET fresh approach to continuing education

Veterinary professionals across Canada have a new option for gaining low-cost, high-quality continuing education.

Bringing the U of S together with One Health

When you spend a lifetime studying a single discipline, it can become a challenge to effectively communicate with those from other fields.

Injured puppy gets second chance

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.

Get a leg up on goat and sheep health

Are you a veterinarian or a goat or sheep producer looking for more information on herd health?

Educational event focuses on EHV-1

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.

Panel to explore environmental health

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.

Equine Ed Day attracts eager participants

An annual educational opportunity at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) has become a favourite event for young horse enthusiasts.

Equine Expo entices 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.

Panel to discuss One Health on a global level

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.

One Health panel kicks off winter semester

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.

WCVM alumna to lead AAEP

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.

Visit WCVM at Agribition

Representatives from the regional veterinary college will be at Agribition from Nov. 23-28 in Regina, Sask.

Summer research photo contest

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.

Vetavision award recognizes students’ work

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).

Vet students help empower Ugandan women

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.

New tool homes in on equine lameness

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.

One Health experts share leadership wisdom

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.

Vetavision inspires students

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.

Vetavision a 45-year tradition at WCVM

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.

Clinic curbs Winnipeg’s feral cat population

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.

One Health conference nurtures careers

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.

WCVM assists animal rescue efforts

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.

Help WCVM with northern animal rescue

As thousands of northern Saskatchewan residents flee their homes to avoid encroaching forest fires, pets have been left behind.

Ag industry honours WCVM alumni

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."

Science program provides head start

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.

College centre of lifelong training for vets

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.

WCVM teaching hospital's humble roots

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.

June Conference showcases WCVM alumni

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.

Global diagnostic experts visit Saskatoon

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).

Top graduates constant result of curriculum

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.

International symposium targets bison health

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.

Poster days highlight graduate research

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.

Home sweet home for new vet college

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.

Animal welfare's "credible voice" unveils fund

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.

"Vet college of the West" decades in making

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.