I feel like a predator. Only my target isn’t a blood meal – it is something far more precious.
Supporting Indigenous individuals and their communities to drive Indigenous health research is a key goal of the new five-year plan of the national Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH), a Canadian Institutes of Health Research institute based at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).
A Parks Canada scientist is conducting research on bovine tuberculosis in bison to improve diagnosis of the disease and to develop better vaccines. This research is conducted in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Bison Association.
Western Canada’s regional veterinary college, based on the University of Saskatchewan (USask) campus, is now home to Canada’s only PET-CT unit dedicated to clinical use in animals as well as for animal-human research studies.
The new technology has only been operating for two months, but Canada’s only PET-CT unit dedicated to clinical use in animals is already improving the care of patients at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).
Most people know the dangers of taking antibiotic drugs for a flu or cold that doesn’t require treatment, but do pet owners understand that the same rules apply for their beloved dogs and cats?
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.
Researchers linked to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have been awarded $1,495,000 to address a wide range of issues including preventing pregnancy loss in horses, evaluating tick-borne diseases, and protecting pigs from influenza A infection.
University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded nearly $11 million to tackle wide-ranging and critically important issues including cannabis, water quality, and swine flu.
The University of Saskatchewan today announced details of a 10-year, $250,000 investment from Merck Animal Health for its Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) – a visionary research facility located southeast of Saskatoon.
A University of Saskatchewan research team has found that some food imported to Saskatoon from certain Asian countries has tested positive for “superbugs”—strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria— but immediate health concerns are likely low.
Five University of Saskatchewan early career researchers have each been awarded $250,000 over two years by the New Frontiers in Research Fund, a new federal fund designed to promote exploratory research that crosses disciplinary boundaries and enables researchers to take risks and be innovative.
Wild pigs—a mix of wild boar and domestic swine—are spreading rapidly across Canada, threatening native species such as nesting birds, deer, agricultural crops, and farm livestock, research by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) shows.
A visit from a dog can reduce the distress of patients waiting for emergency treatment in hospital, a study by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) shows.
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.
Two University of Saskatchewan (USask) research centres—the Canadian Light Source and VIDO-InterVac—will receive a total $13.4-million increase in operating support over two years from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)—one third of the total $39 million awarded nationally to seven facilities.
Several members of the University of Saskatchewan (USask) community are set to receive the province's highest honour.
The statistics are staggering: preterm or premature birth affects 15 million babies worldwide. These infants, born at fewer than 37 weeks of pregnancy, are at a greater risk for complications such as cerebral palsy, development delays and sight or hearing problems.
Fish warn each other about danger by releasing chemicals into the water as a signal, research by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has found.
This spring, students from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) visited Saskatoon’s Remai Modern to help deepen their observational skills.
The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is embracing new technology.
USask research has shown that beef cows that ate ergot-contaminated feed showed signs of poisoning even at concentrations deemed safe by Canadian livestock guidelines, and after a short-term exposure to the toxin.
University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers are working with RMD Engineering Inc. of Saskatoon to create a unique harness designed to help in the recovery and rehabilitation of horses from limb injuries. Such injuries are often fatal because currently available equipment is inadequate for proper treatment.
SASKATOON – Two researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) have been awarded a total of $274,119 by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to buy equipment crucial to studies into antibiotics and novel food products.
It wasn’t quite the Dragon’s Den, but beef and forage scientists participated in a day-long pitch party with funding agencies this week.
Dogs can help children with cerebral palsy walk and gain self-confidence and independence, according to new research by the University of Saskatchewan (USask).
Faculty and researchers based at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) received funding through Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) and the Strategic Field Program (SFP) that totalled more than $1.5 million.
Teenagers and pet dogs stand to benefit from a novel therapy for bone cancer being developed at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).
The first scientific study in the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Metabolism Barn at the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence will identify how different levels of sulphates in water affect beef cattle.
A University of Saskatchewan medical research team has made a groundbreaking finding with potential to lead to more effective, longer-lasting and better-tolerated treatments for cystic fibrosis (CF).
One early Monday morning last October, the clinical team at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) was preparing for rounds when an emergency patient was brought in to the hospital.
The University of Saskatchewan has announced a five-year partnership and $250,000 contribution from research-driven pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. that will support advancements in innovation and leadership at the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE).
When it’s feeding time in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Small Animal Clinic, all food for hospitalized pets now comes from one spot: the new Nestlé Purina Inpatient Feeding Centre.
Following an international search, Dr. Volker Gerdts has been selected to lead the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre, a world leader in infectious disease research and vaccine development.
The newest kid on the block for researchers at the University of Saskatchewan is a world-class facility that brings together under one roof all aspects of raising livestock in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner.
They are both passionate about animal welfare and about research advancements to improve the agriculture industry.
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.
Veterinary social work is a relatively new field in Canada, but Erin Wasson has made it a staple at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).
On Oct. 9, the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and its partners launched the $38-million Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE), a world-class complex of field and science laboratories that will be a powerhouse for innovative research, teaching and industry engagement in all aspects of livestock and forage production.
It is an innovative and inspirational document designed to shape the future of the University of Saskatchewan over the next seven years.
University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researchers have been awarded more than $8 million for projects ranging from designing videogames that promote social bonding to safeguarding Indigenous people from the northward spread of a nasty parasite, to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the cattle industry.
The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has appointed Kris Ringwall as the new director of its Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE), a powerhouse for innovative research, teaching and industry engagement in all aspects of livestock and forage production.
University of Saskatchewan veterinary biomedical scientist Dr. Maud Ferrari has earned a spot in the prestigious Royal Society of Canada’s (RSC) College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, which celebrates research excellence at an early career stage.
The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the U of S will soon be home to Canada’s first PET-CT unit dedicated to animals—thanks to an Alberta donor whose $2.5-million gift is the largest private donation in WCVM’s history.
The 2018 One Health Leadership Experience, which takes place in Saskatoon from Aug. 24 to 26, features speakers from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences in One Health. Here’s more information about this year’s guest lecturers and One Health leaders:
A University of Saskatchewan PhD student in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine is one of five recipients worldwide of the inaugural BioOne Ambassador Award announced today.
A recent funding announcement by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) includes nearly $540,000 in financial support for four research projects that will be conducted by researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).
The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) is set to welcome nearly 700 visitors to Saskatoon for the International One Health Congress, the premier conference in the world of One Health.
Expose patient to low oxygen levels intermittently for short time periods. Combine with rehabilitative training. Repeat. They’re simple instructions for treating people and animals with spinal cord injuries, but the results have proven to be breathtaking.
Even though it was closed decades ago, the Giant Mine on the outskirts of Yellowknife has left a long environmental legacy.
Samantha Steinke was born to ride. In fact, the University of Saskatchewan student essentially rode her first horse before she was even born.
On June 4, University of Saskatchewan professor H.A. (Bart) Lardner received the Extension Award from the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS).
With renewed global interest in Arctic resource extraction opportunities, transportation and tourism, tackling issues such as climate change, sustainable development and social and health impacts on Indigenous residents is becoming important for Arctic nations.
The University of Saskatchewan’s annual Life and Health Sciences Research Expo was held on May 3, with many of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) students clinching top honours in the event’s categories.
After undergoing intensive review in 2017, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan has successfully maintained its accreditation with the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Council on Education.
Five researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) have been awarded a total of $625,000 by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for state-of-the-art equipment that advances leading-edge work in precision medicine, water research and swine welfare.
When the famous explorer Jacques Cousteau released The Silent World, a documentary of his underwater adventures in 1953, he inspired generations of scientists to study the world’s oceans.
Last November, Saskatchewan’s chief veterinary officer Dr. Betty Althouse was recognized for her outstanding contributions with the Saskatchewan Premier’s Award for Excellence in Public Service.
Hallie MacLachlan learned first-hand the value of teamwork in the complex and challenging field of health care, when she competed in the Health Care Team Challenge back in 2016.
Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has committed $100,000 toward the construction of the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) – a world-class facility that will unite livestock and forage research, and allow for enhanced teaching and outreach.
Fusarium fungus contamination in wheat caused more than $1 billion in economic losses in Canada in 2016, affecting almost 80 per cent of Saskatchewan and Manitoba cereal crops and leaving farmers scratching their heads on how to dispose of tonnes of worthless wheat.
Hearing Steven Jones describe his time working with highly contagious deadly diseases, it almost sounds like he’s walking you through a scene from a blockbuster film.
Researchers and staff members from the U of S College of Agriculture and Bioresources will be named to the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame (SAHF) later this year.
A $4.47-million investment by the Government of Canada was announced on May 26 at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) to support the planned construction of the university's Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE).
A University of Saskatchewan PhD student in veterinary biomedical sciences has been named one of 20 finalists in a nationwide showcase of scientific research images.
Three Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) students are winners in the University of Saskatchewan's (U of S) annual Images of Research competition.
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.
A University of Saskatchewan (U of S) research team has found that the woodland caribou population in the Boreal Shield region of Saskatchewan has been slightly increasing over the past two years and currently exists at a high density for the species in Canada.
A trip to the emergency room can often be incredibly stressful for patients as well as their families. Waiting rooms, the constant movement of doctors, nurses and fellow patients, on top of the medical worry that brings people in to the hospital, can take a toll.
It was a chance encounter with a University of Saskatchewan professor that first brought Dr. Chris Clark to Saskatchewan.
Growing up on a mixed farm outside of Regina, Sask. inspired a passion for agriculture in Janna Moats at an early age.
Jennifer Town's PhD thesis on a better, more reliable way to produce green energy from manure has earned her the University of Saskatchewan's Harry Toop Memorial Prize in Scientific Writing.
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).
Ask Dr. Vikram Misra about who should come up with solutions to global health issues and the virologist's answer may surprise you.
Bird health and the conservation of declining bird species are unifying themes for a new avian research centre on campus.
The University of Saskatchewan Students' Union (USSU) asks students each year to nominate professors and staff in an effort to recognize excellence across campus.
Where most people see a field of manure, Jennifer Town sees the future of green energy.
The Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) has recruited Tim Sharbel as its first research leader, an internationally renowned plant scientist from Germany whose research into a cost-effective way to produce seeds without pollination could improve agriculture and help combat global hunger.
Since 2013, you've likely seen one or more therapy dogs on campus, bringing puppy peace to stressed students during exam season.
Four University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researchers have been awarded $393,000 to support projects to develop high-capacity mobile telecommunications devices, bacteria-based cleanup of petroleum contamination, a mobile lab to study and treat lung health in horses, and equipment to catalogue the trillions of microorganisms that live within us.
Genome Canada has awarded three of its 11 projects in the national Genomics and Feeding the Future competition to innovative agri-food research led by University of Saskatchewan (U of S) scientists.
A University of Saskatchewan cancer research study gives new meaning to dogs being "man's best friend."
From access to drinking water in Tanzania, to a synchrotron cross-section of a hockey stick, members of the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) community have been showing what research looks like to them.
What's one thing that makes four videos about managing dog populations in the Battle River Treaty 6 area distinct?
University of Saskatchewan researchers will share a total of $844,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for wide-ranging projects that will explore potential health benefits of using pulse crops in pet and fish feeds, energy-efficient technology for removing water from biofuels, catalysts to clean up air and water, and genetic and environmental factors underlying diseases such as cancer and osteoarthritis.
A research team led by Dr. Valerie Verge at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has discovered an important molecular worker in the repair shop of the body's nervous system, a finding that brings them a step closer to new treatments for debilitating nerve injuries.
When Dr. Joe Rubin went shopping for squid in Saskatoon, he found something sinister lurking in the calamari—bacteria that were resistant to "last line of defense" antibiotics.
Once again, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has renewed accreditation of primary and referral hospital services at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) for the next three years.
Newly hatched baby turtles on Florida's coast have been known to rush away from the ocean, rather than toward it as they normally would do.
For the past decade, Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz has taken a leading role in living, practising and teaching the concept of One Health – and her curiosity and expertise continue to contribute to this expanding global initiative.
Most people think doing a PhD program is intense – and it is. So the thought of completing a PhD, being a dad and working full time seems unimaginable.
Dr. Alexander (Alex) Livingston, former dean of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), died on June 7, 2014 — 10 days shy of his 74th birthday.
A British Columbia couple is investing in the future of equine musculoskeletal research by donating $300,000 toward the establishment of the Mark and Pat DuMont Equine Orthopedics Research Fund at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).
Here's a roundup of news covering recent activities and achievements of student, faculty, staff, alumni and others who are linked to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).
Two Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) faculty members are part of a new company that received third place for its horse lift system at the University of Saskatchewan's annual Tech Venture Challenge on May 22.
Fundraising can now begin in earnest for a new $14 million, 2,000-head beef cattle research facility to be located south of Clavet thanks to approval from the U of S board of governors and a $1-million donation from the Saskatchewan Cattlemens' Association (SCA).
Researchers in the College of Medicine are spending time at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), keeping an eye on dogs with cancer in an effort to improve the effectiveness of cancer treatment in humans.