‘Mom, the Vet’

First-year veterinary student Charlene (Charlie) Swain grew up in a family that surrounded themselves with animals, so a job with Fort McMurray’s SPCA seemed like a good fit for her after high school.

Small, deadly parasite emerging in Canada’s North

Harsh terrain and brutally cold temperatures are not the only dilemmas Arctic dwellers face. Dr. Emily Jenkins and her team of researchers at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (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, Echinococcusis is extremely dangerous.

One very determined dentist

Dr. Candace Lowe, a member of the Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba, is a role model on many fronts: she’s female, Indigenous and an example of what’s possible when a person finds her passion.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Tales from the tundra: research in Nunavut

On an island in the middle of Karrak Lake in northern Nunavut, there's a small field camp located 300 kilometres from the nearest civilization. It's a spectacular place where you can experience three seasons in two months and never see the sun set the entire time.

Manitoba student role model for community

When Samantha Bray found out that she'd been accepted as a veterinary student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), her students at Winnipeg's Neeginan Learning and Literacy Centre celebrated along with her.

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).

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.

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.