Ferrari earns spot in Royal Society of Canada college

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.

WCVM to operate Canada’s first PET-CT unit for animals

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.

Conference features range of One Health speakers

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:

U of S student receives prestigious international award

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.

WCVM scientists gain support for biomedical research studies

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).

One Health Congress vital source of energy and ideas

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.

Low oxygen therapy has high potential for spinal cord patients

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.

Toxic leftovers from Giant Mine found in snowshoe hares

Even though it was closed decades ago, the Giant Mine on the outskirts of Yellowknife has left a long environmental legacy.

Innovation in horse rehabilitation

Samantha Steinke was born to ride. In fact, the University of Saskatchewan student essentially rode her first horse before she was even born.

U of S prof receives prominent international animal science award

On June 4, University of Saskatchewan professor H.A. (Bart) Lardner received the Extension Award from the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS).

U of S researchers named to Arctic groups

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.

WCVM students excel at annual U of S research expo

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.

WCVM maintains international accreditation

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.

CFI funds high-tech tools at U of S for cancer, water and food security research

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.

The fishy problem of underwater noise pollution

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.

Public service award “good fit” for Althouse

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.

Health care students put teamwork to the test

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 makes investment in the future of agriculture

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.

Mealworms may turn infected wheat into cash

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.

From epidemics to Olympics

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.

Ag honours

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.

Federal funds for livestock research centre

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).

WCVM student finalist in NSERC contest

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.

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.

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.

U of S research finds good news for caribou

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.

Paws-ing ER stress

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.

Dr. Clark committed to class and clinic

It was a chance encounter with a University of Saskatchewan professor that first brought Dr. Chris Clark to Saskatchewan.

Farm-to-fork link changes face of dairy

Growing up on a mixed farm outside of Regina, Sask. inspired a passion for agriculture in Janna Moats at an early age.

Town’s PhD thesis wins Toop writing prize

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.

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).

One Health: collaboration is key

Ask Dr. Vikram Misra about who should come up with solutions to global health issues and the virologist's answer may surprise you.

The birds next door

Bird health and the conservation of declining bird species are unifying themes for a new avian research centre on campus.

Students award WCVM faculty and staff

The University of Saskatchewan Students' Union (USSU) asks students each year to nominate professors and staff in an effort to recognize excellence across campus.

Student turns manure into green energy

Where most people see a field of manure, Jennifer Town sees the future of green energy.

World leader in crop research joins U of S

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.

Canine care on campus

Since 2013, you've likely seen one or more therapy dogs on campus, bringing puppy peace to stressed students during exam season.

CFI funds four U of S research projects

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.

Genomics key to U of S agri-food projects

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.

Brain tumour study depends on dogs

A University of Saskatchewan cancer research study gives new meaning to dogs being "man's best friend."

Photo contest features U of S research

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.

Digital storytelling nurtures knowledge

What's one thing that makes four videos about managing dog populations in the Battle River Treaty 6 area distinct?

CFI invests in U of S projects

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.

U of S study links Luman to nerve repair

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.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria discovered

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.

VMC achieves double AAHA accreditation

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.

Fish behaviour flags environmental change

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.

Zoobiquity author at U of S One Health event

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.

Dr. Matthew Links wins prestigious award

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.

A vet's life: Dr. Alex Livingston

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.

Couple donates $300,000 to equine research

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).

Around the WCVM: May 2014

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).

WCVM profs help win third at tech challenge

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.

U of S beef cattle research facility to move

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).

Dogs good models for cancer research

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.

Agreement promotes more MBA students

The University of Saskatchewan's Edwards School of Business and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) signed a five-year agreement on January 27, 2014, aiming at facilitating top students in the WCVM to pursue the Edwards Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.

One Health initiatives at U of S

A growing awareness that the health of humans, animals and the environment are inextricably linked has sparked a flurry of activity in one of the University of Saskatchewan's signature areas of research.

Saskatchewan funds livestock research

Ten research teams from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have received more than $950,000 in funding from Saskatchewan Agriculture for livestock-related research projects.

CFI awards include WCVM scientists

Three Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) researchers are among the 10 University of Saskatchewan (U of S) research teams that have been awarded more than $3 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund.

Around the WCVM: December 2013

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).

WCVM faculty among finalists for tech award

Two Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) faculty members are part of a team that's aiming to win the $50,000 grand prize in the 2014 Tech Venture Challenge.

U of S Rayner dairy facility officially opens

The University of Saskatchewan officially opened its new Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility October 15 with the daughter of its namesake on hand to cut the ribbon.

SHRF funds four WCVM scientists

The college's grant recipients include assistant professor Dr. Marko Kryworuchko and post-doctoral fellow Dr. John Schellenberg who are both part of the WCVM's Department of Veterinary Microbiology. Drs. Azadeh Hatef and Edward Narayan are postdoctoral fellows in the college's Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences.

U of S researchers elected CAHS fellows

Two University of Saskatchewan researchers – clinical neurologist Dr. Ali Rajput and veterinary pathologist Frederick (Ted) Leighton – have been elected fellows in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

U of S awarded $3.6-million poultry chair

University of Saskatchewan researcher Hank Classen will lead a five-year $3.6-million research program aimed at helping the poultry industry meet its biggest challenges: feed costs, bird health and welfare, and food safety.

Giesy receives national honour

University of Saskatchewan toxicologist John Giesy has been awarded one of Canada's top honours for contributions to environmental science.

New dairy facility opens at U of S

Early on the morning of July 22, a stock trailer backed up to the Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility. The trailer door swung open and, under the watchful eye of dairy unit manager Marlene Fehr and her staff, the first dozen of the university's 70-plus dairy cows stepped tentatively into their new home.

Health science students unite for One Health

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) is hosting the second annual One Health Leadership Experience for health science students from August 16 to 18.

Medical imaging experts brainstorm at U of S

Medical imaging experts from around the globe gathered at the University of Saskatchewan on May 16 to discuss and develop new ways to improve health care for people and animals.

Dr. Claire Beneke receives Faculty Gold Medal

Veterinary graduate Claire (nee Miles) Beneke received the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's highest honour during the University of Saskatchewan's Spring Convocation in Saskatoon on June 6.

WCVM scientists among CFI grant recipients

Two Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) scientists are among the 12 University of Saskatchewan research leaders who have received more than $2.2 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for their research projects.

Detmer brings PRRS award to Canada

Veterinary pathologist Dr. Susan Detmer recently received Boehringer Ingelheim's Advancement in Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) Research Award in support of her ongoing investigations of the disease.

Lohmann is students' choice for award

Dr. Katharina Lohmann likes all aspects of her work, but what the associate professor enjoys most about her job at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is teaching and being with her students.

VIDO's InterVac earns final certification

New vaccine research and development against existing and emerging diseases can now proceed thanks to final certification of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization's International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan.

Around the WCVM: April 2013

Here's a roundup of news briefs covering recent activities and achievements of faculty, staff, students, alumni and others who are linked to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

WCVM alumnus returns as VMC director

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) has selected Dr. Duncan Hockley, a veterinarian and University of Saskatchewan alumnus, as the new director of its Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) on the university's Saskatoon campus.

Power of words key to crisis communication

"The right words at the right time can save lives."

U of S study examines moose in rural areas

The University of Saskatchewan, with the support of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, is initiating a new research program on moose in rural Saskatchewan.

Synchrotron receives $67-million grant

Canada's national synchrotron, the Canadian Light Source (CLS) at the University of Saskatchewan, has been awarded up to $67 million over five years toward operating and maintenance costs through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

Dubé appointed to U of S Board of Governors

The Government of Saskatchewan has appointed four new members to the University of Saskatchewan's Board of Governors, effective Jan. 17, 2013, for three-year terms.

Beachy becomes founding leader of GIFS

The recently established Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) has appointed Roger Beachy as its founding executive director and chief executive officer effective January 1, 2013.

$50 million for food security institute

The Province of Saskatchewan, the University of Saskatchewan, and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (PotashCorp) have formally launched the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) to develop Saskatchewan-led solutions to feed a growing world population.

WCVM faculty present research in Turkey

Two medical imaging specialists from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) travelled to Turkey to present some of their latest research at an international veterinary radiology conference in late August.

Around the WCVM: December 2012

Here's a roundup of news briefs covering recent activities and achievements of faculty, staff, students, alumni and others who are linked to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

New chair to lead infectious disease research

The University of Saskatchewan is one of eight universities in the country awarded $10-million Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERCs) through a highly competitive federal program aimed at attracting the world's best researchers to help build successful research teams in areas of importance to Canada.

Giesy earns lifetime achievement award

John Giesy, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Saskatchewan, has been awarded the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Paris-based Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) and China's Zhongyu Environmental Technologies Corporation.

Mapletoft: U of S Distinguished Chair

Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Dr. Reuben Mapletoft is one of three individuals who have been selected as University of Saskatchewan Distinguished Chairs in 2012.

In memoriam: Dr. Robert L. Rausch

Dr. Robert L. Rausch, a former professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) and a world-renowned parasitologist, died on Saturday, October 6, in Washington.

Singh receives international teaching award

A Western College of Veterinary Medicine professor who is well known for his teaching and research expertise was one of 11 individuals to receive an international award that celebrates contributions to teaching, learning and technology.

Tailored SVMA conference offers "little gems"

Thanks to an online member survey, participants at this year's annual conference of the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association (SVMA) will get the program that they truly asked for from September 19-22.

Workshop fosters future One Health leaders

One Health is becoming increasingly important across health science disciplines, but for many new students entering the health profession, it's still an unknown concept.

Montalván to feature animals' health benefits

Meet Tuesday, a charismatic golden retriever that sports expressive eyebrows, a goofy smile — and a serious K-9 service dog vest.

NSERC funds public health training

A new University of Saskatchewan training program that will produce future leaders in food safety, infectious disease control and public policy has been awarded $1.65 million over six years through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council's Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program.

Clark enjoys “lighting that spark”

For Dr. Chris Clark of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, one of teaching's best rewards is seeing the light come on in his students' eyes when they understand and then become interested in a subject.

Special dinner puts One Health first

One Health was the number one dinner topic at a unique University of Saskatchewan event on May 2 that brought together more than 50 representatives of research, industry and government in Western Canada.