Falconry helped vet student’s career take flight

Pets of all shapes and sizes have always been part of Katie Radcliffe’s life, but the first-year veterinary student’s favourite animals aren’t the soft and cuddly kind.

Northern experiences benefited first-year veterinary student

Kaitlyn Denroche is a product of the North, shaped by her experiences growing up in Yellowknife, NWT – a city of about 20,000 residents that offered her access to various animals including dog teams, horses, house pets and city wildlife.

Rural roots run deep for Manitoba vet student

First-year veterinary student Marianne Sytnyk has always been happy living the farming lifestyle — even when it meant working all night or spending hours outside in -40 degree Celsius weather, she enjoyed every minute of it.

Is temperament linked to stress in beef cattle?

Understanding how cattle behaviour relates to productivity, immune status and welfare is a key research focus for Dr. Diego Moya, beef cattle ethologist at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

U of S veterinary student earns national 4-H award times three

For the third time in her academic career, University of Saskatchewan veterinary student Kendra Elliott of Cromer, Man., has received the Weston Family 4-H Agricultural Scholarship offered through 4-H Canada.

Island life shaped B.C. vet student’s career path

Cameron Hughes grew up on Denman Island, a small rural community in the Georgia Strait that provided him with incredible access to the amazing opportunities, sights and beauty of the B.C. coast.

Injured turtle on a roll with Lego wheelchair

A wild eastern box turtle at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Md., is on the mend and on the move — thanks to some plastic Lego bricks and some clever thinking by Garrett Fraess, a veterinary student from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

WCVM admissions team hits the road

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) admissions and recruitment team has been out on the road meeting with pre-veterinary students and talking about the ins and the outs of applying to the WCVM.

New program brings vet students into rural Saskatchewan

A new program through the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association (SVMA) is giving third-year veterinary students an opportunity to gain more hands-on experience before starting their final year at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Bringing mental health awareness to the forefront

Since veterinarians and vet students are in a caring profession that’s so affected by mental illness, I find it important that we also care for ourselves and each other.

Vet school facilitates friendship

Brigitte Hautcouer of Regina, Sask. and Robyn Trischuk, of Prince Albert, Sask. became fast friends at veterinary school.

Science background provides perfect basis for veterinary medicine

Bonnie Chu of Vancouver, B.C., has put her curious mind to use conducting research during veterinary school.

Childhood goal becomes reality for Sask. student

Courtney Orsen was only three years old when she told her parents that she wanted to be a veterinarian, but she has never wavered from that aspiration.

B.C. student finds reward in vet school

Josh Cousins of Kelowna, B.C., is making the most of both the challenges and the rewards of being a veterinary student.

Volunteering leads Manitoba student to vet school

Chris Rampersad of Winnipeg, Man., always knew he wanted a career in a caring profession. By volunteering and working with a variety of institutions and initiatives in Canada and overseas, he thinks he’s found what he was looking for.

Recent veterinary grads find niches in higher learning

Before Dr. Kathleen Ma of Burnaby, B.C., was even aware of it, she was headed for a career in laboratory animal medicine. Now she’s taking the final step of the journey — a tri-institute residency in Manhattan, N.Y., that will eventually lead to board certification in the veterinary specialty.

Research shines at student poster day

For two days each fall, the excitement and enthusiasm of the students who participate in the annual undergraduate research poster day can be heard throughout the second-floor hallways at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Persistence pays off for veterinary student

The day Kaitlyn McIntyre received her acceptance into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) this spring, she faced an excruciating dilemma.

Workshops bring mental health to forefront

While animals are usually the focus at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), students, faculty and staff have also been learning about human health at the college’s new Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) workshops.

Digital access makes textbooks open to all

Dr. Marion Jackson scrolls through digital images of blood, fluids, and fine needle aspirates obtained from clinical cases seen at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Medical Centre and from private practices.

WCVM students top photo competition

Three Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) students are winners in the University of Saskatchewan's (U of S) annual Images of Research competition.

WCVM graduate students showcase research

A record number of students entered the annual Graduate Student Research Poster Days this year, which took place March 8 and 9 at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

Students create WCVM mental health week

From visits with furry friends to a crock pot cook-off, the first ever WCVM mental health week was a ton of fun. But behind the group activities and games lies a serious message – there is a big need for veterinary professionals to prioritize their mental health.

Vet student recognized for community work

First-year veterinary student Samantha Bray's invaluable contributions to her community have earned her an Aboriginal Student Achievement Award at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).

New award recognizes student struggles

This year, students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) had the chance to apply for a unique award that recognizes the struggles many students face in the process of earning their degree.

Student spreads passion for zoo animals

Handling a four-foot-long African tree python, working with a red-tailed hawk and fielding kids' questions about a tortoise's bodily functions were all in a day's work for Garrett Fraess this summer.

Alberta student’s career takes flight

Thanks to her father's allergies to cats and dogs, Alice Liboiron grew up with an unconventional array of family pets that may have sparked her enduring interest in wildlife — particularly birds.

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.

Research the focus of student poster day

For the undergraduate students who spend their summers in the laboratory or out in field, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's annual poster day event gives them a chance to bring their research to a broader audience.

Trading tea towels for high-tech models

Veterinary medical education has relied on models for decades – but a new learning centre at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) will use the latest technology to make those models more realistic than ever.

Conference opens doors to One Health

Are you still wondering what One Health is all about?

Giving out goats and know-how in Uganda

Veterinary student Jamie Neufeld is spending the summer in Uganda, working as an intern with Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontières Canada (VWB/VSF).

Poster competition showcases research

The annual Graduate Student Research Poster Days took place on March 15 and 16 at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Collaboration creates champions

A University of Saskatchewan student team recently won top prize at the National Health Care Team Challenge, a Canada-wide case competition for students in the health sciences.

Students research antibiotic alternatives

When Thushari Gunawardana and Kalhari Goonewardene were university classmates back in Sri Lanka, they never imagined they'd meet again in the same veterinary school in Canada.

3MT competition connects researchers

When Kalhari Goonewardene entered the University of Saskatchewan's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition last spring, she didn't realize her participation would have a major impact on her research project.

Student works on “lung plague” vaccine

Raised on a farm in Kenya, Teresia Maina has seen firsthand the devastating effects of "lung plague" on cattle and the resulting economic hardships for her community.

Student demographics shift at WCVM

As the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) prepared to open its doors in 1965, Dean Larry Smith and his admissions committee pored through 93 applications and chose the WCVM's first class of 33 students.

Gold Medal recipient heads for horses

Horses have played an important role in Elisabeth van Veggel's life since she was a little girl.

Award assists feline-focused student

Most people travel to tropical islands for some relaxation — but Michelle Lange is not like most people.

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.

Hard work reaps rewards for WCVM student

Garrett Oetelaar didn't always want to become a veterinarian – but once he got started, his passion for the field put him at the top of his class.

4-H comes in handy for Manitoba vet student

Kendra Elliott was about eight years old when she knew she wanted to grow up and be just like the veterinarians who visited her family's cattle farm near Cromer, Man.

WCVM student receives bovine award

Veterinary student Tyson Buyer has turned his interest in cattle into extra cash thanks to an award from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP).

WCVM welcomes 50th class to college

Ian Niu was nine years old and a budding veterinarian when his family decided to leave Vancouver and return to their home in Taiwan.

Poster days celebrate student research

Students at the University of Saskatchewan had a chance to share their summer research findings at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's annual Undergraduate Poster competition.

Students key part of One Health event

For Preston O'Brien, attending the annual One Health Leadership Experience provided valuable insight into how he can work with others in his career as a doctor.

New program blends business, animal health

When Elad Ben-Ezra put his veterinary studies on hold last year, he didn't stray far from his chosen career.

Double-degree student wins Merck award

Serena Caunce is working on not one but two degrees at the same time.

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.

Bailee Stanton receives AAEP-Markel award

University of Saskatchewan student Bailee Stanton of Kananaskis, Alta., is a 2014 recipient of an American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation-Markel award.

WCVM host college for student symposium

Veterinary students across Canada are getting ready for the 2015 Students of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA) Symposium that will be held at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) from Jan. 8-10.

Farm crisis sparked student's vet aspirations

When Shannon Palmer of Port Alberni, B.C., was 16, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency quarantined her family's sheep flock for eight months because of possible exposure to scrapie — a fatal disease in sheep and goats.

Poster day celebrates undergrad research

More than 40 students participated in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's 2014 undergraduate research student poster days that were held at the college on Sept. 9-10.

WCVM grad wins equine scholarship

Dr. Becky Gilday, a 2014 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), is one of nine equine-focused veterinarians in North America to receive $4,000 scholarships from Zoetis and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation.

Lameness expert shares tips with students

Whether he's sharing tips on using hoof testers or offering advice on succeeding as a veterinarian, Dr. Marvin Beeman's passion for equine medicine is evident in everything he says and does.

Grad students shine at poster day

What exactly do graduate students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) investigate in their research programs?

WCVM students win ultrasound machine

A group of University of Saskatchewan veterinary students has been rewarded for their creativity with a large animal ultrasound machine – first prize in a North American university video contest sponsored by BCF Technology.

WCVM video finalist in ultrasound contest

After taking a magic school bus ride through a cow's reproductive system, a group of veterinary students from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) are among five team finalists vying for a large animal ultrasound machine in a North American contest.

U of S launches student research journal

Undergraduate students involved in research at the University of Saskatchewan will now have a place to publish their work thanks to a new online, peer-reviewed journal launched today that welcomes submissions of research articles, reviews, and papers.

Becky Gilday receives Markel/AAEP award

Becky Gilday, a fourth-year student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), was one of eight North American veterinary students to receive the 2013 Markel/American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation scholarships in early December.

Students put their best research forward

More than 30 University of Saskatchewan students put their research projects on public display during the WCVM's annual Undergraduate Student Poster Days in early September.

WCVM distributes over $104,000 in awards

More than 450 people gathered together in downtown Saskatoon to celebrate the achievements of students, faculty and staff during the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's 2013 Fall Awards program and White Coat Ceremony on September 27.

A new way to learn about neuroscience

Two professors from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are developing new teaching methods to simplify the daunting subject of neuroscience for veterinary students.

Public health jobs waiting for veterinarians

As more veterinary schools pop up around the world, more and more veterinarians graduate each year. But what employment opportunities are there for these growing numbers of new veterinarians in the workforce?

WCVM students go wild for wildlife

Walk into the ward of the Wild and Exotic Animal Medicine Society (WEAMS) and you're instantly greeted by a blast of hoots, screeches and tweets from the many patients that are recuperating in their temporary homes at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

A portrait of veterinary medicine down under

What's it like to study veterinary medicine down under?

Award takes PhD student to research source

It's a typical scene in comedy shows: a pregnant woman's water breaks early and then there's the mad, zany rush to reach the maternity ward before the baby is born.

Goat project passes on skills to students

By the time Ilse Dedden and Katie Nicol return to their classes at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine this August, the third-year veterinary students should be experts when it comes to working with and caring for goats.

Pawsitive Practice helps students de-stress

Dressed in sarongs and sandals, a group of veterinary students spend their lunch hour practising their tropical dance moves and relaxing. There's not an animal in sight nor any talk about anatomy, physiology or clinical rotations. For the moment, dancing is all that matters to these students.

Finding the next generation of vets

As manager of admissions and recruitment at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Heather Mandeville is used to answering hundreds of questions from prospective students.

U of S students earn kudos for research

Seven University of Saskatchewan students earned recognition for their summer research efforts during the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's 2012 Undergraduate Research Student Poster Days on September 4 and 5.