Student's background helps her take vet school in stride

Maggie Omer-Canitz has been riding horses for as long as she can remember. Her siblings first sat her on a horse when she was a year old, and she’s been a non-stop horse lover ever since.

Bruce Coulman selected as LFCE's interim director

Renowned University of Saskatchewan (USask) forage breeder Bruce Coulman has been selected to lead the university’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) as interim director, effective Oct. 19.

WCVM graduates part of USask Fall Convocation

A group of 13 graduate students from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) will be part of the University of Saskatchewan's Fall Convocation celebrations in November 2020.

Animal health career clicks for vet student

Hope Skorlatowski had always been involved with the dogs on her family’s acreage in Cold Lake, Alta., but once she enrolled in canine agility classes at the age of 11, she began to view dogs differently.

Dean's role natural progression for WCVM graduate

After 25 years, Dr. Gillian Muir is ready and well prepared for her newest role — acting dean of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Northern roots lead Ashley to veterinary medicine

Kiri Ashley is a child of the North. Born and raised in Yellowknife, N.W.T., and surrounded by a family of biologists, she grew up spending time in the outdoors — camping, fishing, hunting and boating or canoeing.

VIDO-InterVac to test antiviral compounds against COVID-19

The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has been awarded a grant of almost $830,000 from the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator to determine the effectiveness of several antiviral compounds against COVID-19.

WCVM team researching hormones for better health

A high school biology class sparked a lifelong passion for University of Saskatchewan (USask) scientist Dr. Suraj Unniappan (PhD).

The art of veterinary medicine

There is an art to deciphering the meaning behind the dots, squiggles and blobs of a magnified urine or blood sample, and it is a skill that can not only be a struggle to learn, but to teach.

Jacobson ideal candidate for bovine award

Caring for cattle has been part of Austin Jacobson’s life since he was old enough to help on his family’s cow-calf operation and to assist at his father’s mixed animal veterinary clinic in Ponoka, Alta. 

Emily and the whale: close encounter inspires career

First-year veterinary student Emily Holmes bears a tattoo of GPS co-ordinates that symbolizes a turning point in her life — an amazing encounter that inspired her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

Making virtual connections

When the University of Saskatchewan (USask) transitioned most of its teaching and learning activities to remote delivery this past spring, many university systems and processes needed to quickly adapt in order to support the vital academic and administrative activities.

SaskTel and USask team up in support of ag innovation

Today SaskTel and the University of Saskatchewan (USask) announced that they are partnering to launch a “living laboratory” at the university’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) to test, develop and demonstrate world-class agricultural technologies.

Polar disease research merits award

Insects are a great resource in learning how climate change affects diseases that are transmitted in the Arctic, which is warming at two to three times faster than other parts of the world.

In vitro fertilization successful with baby bison

It’s a rare privilege to welcome newborn bison calves into the world. It’s even more rare when those calves are the fruit of your labour.

Innovation Saskatchewan awards $1M to USask research

Dr. Michael Wu of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is among a handful of University of Saskatchewan researchers who received new funding support from Innovation Saskatchewan’s Innovation and Science Fund (ISF).

Bedard-Haughn excited to take leadership role

Despite beginning her term as dean of the College of Agriculture and Bioresources (AgBio) during a global pandemic, Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn (PhD) is looking forward to the challenges of the fall semester.

Partnership empowers veterinary college

The Governments of Manitoba, British Columbia and Saskatchewan have renewed their financial commitment to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine on the University of Saskatchewan campus for the next five years.

Veterinary scientist selected as university's new VP research

Following an extensive national and international search, veterinary researcher Dr. Baljit Singh will join University of Saskatchewan (USask) President Peter Stoicheff’s leadership team as vice-president research, effective February 1, 2021.

Cancer therapies connect dogs and people

Dogs may hold the key to uncovering novel cancer therapy targets and treatments that will benefit domestic animals and their owners, as well as human cancer patients.

Timing is everything, but when is the time right?

What if there was a reliable way of knowing whether a pregnant woman’s contractions mean “Go home and relax,” or “The baby is on its way”?

Keeping microbiology education alive in midst of pandemic

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) veterinary microbiologist has co-authored two editorials in the Canadian Journal of Microbiology that highlight the challenges and opportunities of teaching and learning undergraduate microbiology courses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

USask alumna new dean of Tennessee vet college

Dr. Stacy (Thacker) Anderson, an alumna of the University of Saskatchewan (USask), is the new dean of Lincoln Memorial University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) in Harrogate, Tenn.

Putting shock wave therapy to the test

Dr. Angela MacKay’s passion is solving equine lameness.

MacKay driven by helping horses

Dr. Angela MacKay was given a choice between braces and horses as a teenager. It was no contest on which option she chose.

Bruce’s happy before and after

Dennis Fehr brought his dog Bruce to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) in December 2018 because of a clunking noise in his pet’s hip.

Federal dollars for WCVM-based research and training

Two of Canada’s top research granting agencies have provided funding to support the research efforts of faculty members and graduate students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Velez broadens research through postdoctoral fellowship

University of Saskatchewan researcher Dr. Emilio Velez has received a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Teaming up for COVID-19 challenge

Infectious disease experts from across Canada are teaming up to advance research and development against COVID-19.

Top award for Takada

Dr. Kanae Takada, a small animal internal medicine resident and graduate student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), is the first recipient of the Dr. Michael Powell Award of Excellence.

Big attitude helps little horse survive

Jennifer Leier knew her latest purchase, a four-year-old miniature horse named Kimchi, had an attitude — his sassy personality and his champagne grullo colour were why she brought him home to her hobby farm near Prince Albert, Sask.

Guarding animal health on the Prairies

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

Can your pet get sunburned?

As summer continues, people and pets alike flock outdoors to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine. We take along sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and clothes to protect our skin from the damaging ultraviolet (UV) light of the sun — but what do we do to protect our pets?

Book combines photos with pup talks

If you hold regular tête-à-têtes with your pets, Dogversations is a book that gets you.

Province's health fund supports WCVM herpes virus research

Dr. Kristen Conn, a virologist at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), has received $120,000 from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) in support of her work targeting a herpes virus protein for new antiviral drugs.

Detecting bird flu before it's ready to take off

What did you eat for breakfast this morning? What about for lunch and dinner? Chances are you ate eggs or chicken for at least one of those meals. In Canada, poultry products are the most commonly consumed animal protein source; the average Canadian eats 242 eggs and 79 pounds of chicken each year.

Burglar bees help spread of honey bee infection

It may sound like a tall tale, but burglar honey bees raiding nearby hives is contributing to the spread of a disease called American foulbrood (AFB) in Saskatchewan.

One lucky kitty

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

Gold medal completes student's four-year academic set

Dr. Gillian Davies has earned her place in the history books.

Dean steps down from USask veterinary college

Dr. Douglas Freeman, dean of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), will step down on June 30 and go on administrative leave from the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

‘Good samaritans’ give $1 million to animal care fund

Leslie (Les) and Irene Dubé will have an enduring effect on the lives of many pets and people, thanks to their gift of $1 million to the Good Samaritan Fund at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Fish give clues about oil contamination

“Why do you ultrasound fish?” That question often came up while I conducted research at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) during the summer of 2019.

Hospital's triage service offers stress relief

An innovative triage program at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) is providing timely information and guidance to anxious owners who are seeking emergency help for their pets.

Scientists search for ‘pregnancy dipstick’ to predict labour

WCVM researchers are working to develop a test that could help give expectant mothers and their physicians more notice of an impending delivery.

WCVM research targets deadly PRRS virus

Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have been making headway in their investigation of a disease that has a huge economic impact on swine producers worldwide.

Promising pre-clinical results for COVID-19 vaccine

A COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) has cleared another major milestone in moving towards human clinical trials: the novel vaccine has proven highly effective in ferrets, one of the commonly used animal models for COVID-19.

Study focuses on ‘incredibly wormy’ Sable Island horses

As you breathe in the crisp ocean air and follow hoofprints down the sandy beaches of Sable Island, you can see a band of the island’s iconic horses grazing in the distance.

USask appoints new dean in College of Agriculture and Bioresources

Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn (PhD) has been appointed the new dean of the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

Veterinary students learn from afar to finish year

In late April, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) wrapped up an academic year that won’t be easy to forget.

Remote learning main approach for USask fall term

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) is planning for a primarily remote approach to program delivery this fall.

Vets' work with food animals vital during pandemic

Veterinarians play a vital role in maintaining the health of Canadian food animals and keeping the food supply chain running smoothly.

Shmon recognized for outstanding teaching

Veterinary surgeon Dr. Cindy Shmon hopes to help her students see grey in a world that isn’t just black and white.

Communication breakdown results in early pregnancy loss

Even before birth, extensive communication occurs between an infant mammal and its mother — not through speech or body language, but through chemical interaction inside the uterus.

VIDO-InterVac making progress on vaccine

There are some promising early signs as researchers at the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) develop a vaccine for COVID-19.

'Super immunity' may explain how bats carry coronaviruses

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team has uncovered how bats can carry the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus without getting sick — research that could shed light on how coronaviruses make the jump to humans and other animals.

Infection control ingrained in equine team's work

Dr. Lea Riddell and her team members at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are usually gearing up for a busy spring.

Sask. Health and USask scientists launch online tick surveillance program

The arrival of spring brings warmer weather and longer days, but also increased risk of tick bites for humans and animals.

VIDO-InterVac awarded $23M for COVID-19 vaccine research

The Government of Canada has awarded $23 million to the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) so the facility can fast-track its efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Keri goes back to school

Manitoba veterinarian Dr. Keri Hudson-Reykdal highlights Western Canada's regional veterinary college and her alma mater in the May 1 episode of her veterinary reality television show.

European foulbrood 'disease of opportunity'

Although pesticides are important for increasing crop production, they may be interfering with the immunity of an important animal pollinator — the honey bee.

Mapping metals in feathers

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have mapped metals in bird feathers, a technique that could help make environmental monitoring less destructive.

Bats’ immune systems key to understanding global epidemic diseases

Why is it that bats don’t get sick when infected with viruses that can be deadly in humans?

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.

Reversing the irreversible: a second chance with fertility

Veterinary researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) have recently unveiled a new field of study that’s focused on reversing and safeguarding against the loss of fertility in young males.

WCVM students among USask Images of Research winners

Organized by USask Research Profile and Impact, the sixth annual edition of the University of Saskatchewan (USask) Images of Research Photo and Imaging Competition highlighted beautiful images — including several taken by members of the WCVM community.

SHA and USask’s VIDO-InterVac partner to help ensure supply of N95 respirator masks

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) are partnering on a way to safely decontaminate and reuse N95 respiratory masks that are normally thrown away after each use.

Time is of the essence

USask alumnus Dr. Arinjay Banerjee, who completed his PhD degree in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Veterinary Microbiology, works to understand human immunology amid crisis

USask drinking water study shows beef cattle can tolerate high levels of sulphates

Scientists at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) have published a study that shows beef cattle can tolerate higher concentrations of sulphates in drinking water than previously believed.

Grad students compete in virtual poster competition

In the middle of a global pandemic, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) found a virtual way to celebrate the research work of its graduate students.

Canada backs VIDO-InterVac's COVID-19 research

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to rapidly evolve, the federal government is announcing $23.3 million in total support for the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac), one of the largest and most advanced infectious disease research facilities in the world.

VIDO-InterVac team tackles coronavirus

As the world deals with the new pandemic, coronavirus has become the No.1 priority for researchers at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

VIDO-InterVac-led team receives almost $1M for coronavirus research

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team and collaborating scientists from across the country have been awarded almost $1 million over two years to develop animal models and test vaccine candidates for effectiveness and safety against the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

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.

New drug protocol may reduce pain during castration

A Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) researcher and his team are looking into new options for pain management during castration of beef calves.

Dr. Charlotte Williams: a passion for pets and people

Growing up in North Battleford, Dr. Charlotte Williams (DVM) always had animals.

USask veterinary student exemplifies balance and perseverance

A passion for animals and a thirst for knowledge are at the heart of Coral Williams’ mission to succeed.

Drug could offer single-shot solution to breeding issues

Breeding horses is often a numbers game: owners and veterinarians alike want improved success rates at lower costs, but some mares have more trouble than others.

Research chair targets better health, productivity in beef herds

With $2.35 million from the federal government and the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC), veterinary researcher Dr. Cheryl Waldner will undertake a major five-year research program to advance beef cattle health and productivity, helping to sustain the profitability and competitiveness of Canada’s $17-billion-a-year beef industry.

USask livestock researchers awarded nearly $7 million

Twenty University of Saskatchewan (USask) projects have been awarded nearly $7 million through a joint federal-provincial government funding program to advance cattle, swine and poultry research.

New reproductive tool may help meet consumer demand for ‘natural’ food

Today’s consumers want more from their food, and the beef and dairy industries are constantly striving to meet these demands. As more companies market their food as “natural” — raised without additional use of hormones, steroids, and antibiotics — concerns regarding steroid use in food production have multiplied.

USask’s VIDO-InterVac approved to work on Wuhan coronavirus

University of Saskatchewan researchers have received permission from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to start working on a vaccine for the coronavirus recently discovered in China, and they hope to have first candidates for testing in an animal model in six to eight weeks.

'No bad horse'

Unlike many who spend their careers working with horses, Dr. Sue McDonnell wasn’t always so keen on the equine species.

This worm may be a dog’s best friend

Most pet owners want nothing but the best for their furry mates. They go to great lengths to make sure their pets are living happy and healthy lives. But good intentions do not always protect pets from unknown ingredients in pet food.

New parasite species found in northern wildlife

University of Saskatchewan researchers are part of an international team that has discovered a new species of a parasite, nicknamed “Oddball,” in northern Canada’s wolverines.                  

Every breath we take

Our lungs face a never-ending battle. With every breath, we inhale millions of airborne particles, including many that are potentially harmful. Our bodies must be prepared to defend us from these invaders.

Tiny parasite could lead to big health problems

A tiny parasite with a long name has the potential to cause some very big health problems for Canadians and their pets in the future.

Purebred bison revival

WCVM researcher Dr. Gregg Adams is part of the research team that is featured in a Globe and Mail article on reviving the purebred bison population. Adams' reproductive research studies are taking place at the University of Saskatchewan's new Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence.

VIDO-InterVac to conduct African swine fever research

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced that the University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) will work with African swine fever (ASF). This move further supports Canada’s preparedness strategy by increasing the country's research capacity.

EHV-1 confirmed in Saskatoon horse

Diagnostic tests have confirmed that a Saskatoon-area horse with neurologic disease is a positive case of equine herpes virus 1 (EHV-1) — a common virus that causes respiratory disease as well as outbreaks of neurologic disease and abortions in horse populations worldwide.

Watch for holiday dangers to family pets

While the holidays are a joyous time for many people, the extra hustle and bustle of large gatherings can make it easy for household pets to get into trouble unnoticed.

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.

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.

Potentially toxic chemicals from LCDs in nearly half of household dust samples tested: USask-led study

Chemicals commonly used in smartphone, television, and computer displays were found to be potentially toxic and present in nearly half of dozens of samples of household dust collected by a team of toxicologists led by the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

‘Vet for a day’ led to student’s career choice

Emmalyn Elgersma can still pinpoint the actual day in Grade 9 when she knew veterinary medicine was the right career for her.

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).

From ‘wallflower cats’ to racehorses, Fong cares for them all

The American Kennel Club’s Breed Identification Guide isn’t a common bestseller in the kids’ book section, but for Kiran Fong, memorizing the guide’s contents was something that occupied her for hours while growing up in Calgary, Alta.