Whether you’re a tourist who is planning a cross-country camping trip or a trucker hauling freight from Toronto to Vancouver, you can help slow the spread of a devastating wildlife disease called white-nose syndrome (WNS) by checking to ensure that you’re not giving a bat a free ride.
In the past 40 years, research into wolverine parasites has been as elusive as the animals themselves. Fortunately, that situation is changing, and PhD candidate Rajnish Sharma is the latest researcher to turn his sights on parasites affecting these carnivorous mammals.
Habitat loss, changes in weather, food scarcity, predator-versus-prey situations – each day wild animals are faced with these potential stressors. But what’s the cost?
Like most veterinarians, I spent many hours embroiled in an assortment of volunteer work prior to acceptance into vet school. In particular, I enjoyed discovering the medicine and rehabilitation of birds of prey through the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (OWL) in Delta, B.C.
Straddling the boundary between northern Alberta and the southernmost tip of the Northwest Territories lies Wood Buffalo National Park, the widest-reaching patch of federally-protected wilderness in all of Canada.
It's a rare person who looks upon research on rats – the unwelcome kind – as the study of urban wildlife.
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.
When a large bird fell from the sky in front of a woman walking in downtown Saskatoon, the quick thinking citizen brought it directly to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).
While populations of moose have been declining in much of their North American range, research from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) shows how these icons of the northern boreal forest are finding success by moving south into farmers' fields.
The fate of the world's richest biodiversity of salamanders and newts is in the hands of pet owners across North America, said Natacha Hogan, an environmental toxicologist specializing in amphibians at the University of Saskatchewan.
Until recently, veterinarians removed tumours, installed prosthetic eyes and performed other painful medical procedures on beloved pets as well as on animals in zoos and aquariums without providing their patients with any painkilling drugs.
On a normal summer day at Buffalo Pound Lake, beachgoers bask in the sun to the soothing sound of waves lapping onto the beach – and the hum of mosquitoes. But for 11 straight days in June 2012, this southern Saskatchewan paradise was disrupted by waves of dead and dying yellow perch washing onto shore.
Dr. Brandy Kragness let go of the wild bird she had cared for all winter and watched "Bolt" swiftly launch himself into the wind, flying strong and sure across the stubble field.
Bird health and the conservation of declining bird species are unifying themes for a new avian research centre on campus.
It is high noon on the ice shelf off Ross Island — it is always high noon in February in Antarctica — and Dr. Rob McCorkell, Dr. Gregg Adams and Michelle Shero are clustered around the south end of a northbound Weddell seal, trying to determine if she is pregnant.
Phoenix the red panda recently visited the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) for a check-up and received a clean bill of health from wildlife veterinarians.
Noise from motorboat traffic makes some fish more than two and a half times more likely to be eaten by predators, according to an international team of researchers including biologists from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).
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.
How do you take ultrasound images of a fish?
Most people living in developed countries like Canada don't think of tapeworms as a threat to human health, but a recent discovery in British Columbia may eventually change that perception.
The wolverine is an animal so elusive that even some wolverine biologists have never seen one alive in the wild.
When Dr. Frederick A. (Ted) Leighton stepped down from his role as executive director of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) on July 1, he left behind a vital, successful organization that's the envy of other countries.
Endless skies, wild bison and real cowboys – all are a part of life in Grasslands National Park. My summer research has brought me to southwestern Saskatchewan, an area harbouring some of the only native prairie left in Canada — and potentially, plague.
The bison come charging into the building, and I quietly shut the hydraulic gate behind them. This is a favourite part of my day in my job as a summer research student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). The strength and power of these wild animals fill the entire room with energy.
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.
The Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative's new director — Dr. Craig Stephen — is someone whose lifelong commitment to wildlife mirrors that of his new colleagues at the CWHC.
The Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) has selected Dr. Craig Stephen, a wildlife health specialist and a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), as its new executive director.
Rural residents who spot a low-flying helicopter south of Saskatoon, including areas near Dundurn, Outlook, Tuxford, Watrous and Chamberlain, need not be alarmed – it's just a University of Saskatchewan research team catching moose with a net gun.
When you meet Dr. Manuel Palomino of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), it's hard to imagine the small, five-foot-three Peruvian PhD student in superhero spandex and flowing cape.
University of Saskatchewan biology student David Johns has spent two summers scouring southern Saskatchewan for northern pintail ducks, a species whose numbers have declined due to land use changes.
In May, I travelled north of the Arctic Circle and scoured the tundra for fox feces — part of my job as a research student with Dr. Emily Jenkins, an associate professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).
Crouched in the dust beside a prairie dog burrow in southwestern Saskatchewan's Grasslands National Park, I'm trying to capture fleas that may carry the bacteria that causes plague — yes, the same disease that caused the devastating "Black Death" in medieval Europe.
Fish are probably not the first wild creatures that come to mind when you think of Saskatchewan wildlife — but the province actually has a diverse aquatic culture in its lakes, rivers and streams.
Veterinary pathologist Dr. Ted Leighton was one of four Canadian representatives who recently travelled to Sri Lanka for the launch of a research and development project that marks a significant step forward in the Asian country's endeavours to manage its wildlife health issues.
Environment Canada is providing the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre (CCWHC) with an additional $330,000 in funding over the next four years to respond to the threat of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that is threatening bat species in North America.
As more animals are calling Saskatchewan's prairie fields home, one U of S researcher is paying special attention to two in particular: moose and wild boars.
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.
A veterinarian, to most people, means someone with a white lab coat and a stethoscope treating pets in a clinic, or pulling calves on a farm in the middle of the night.
University of Saskatchewan graduate student Dr. Naomi Jane Harms has received the W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research (Doctorate) – a $40,000 award which will support her study of avian cholera in northern Canada for the next two years.
Two representatives from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre were presenters at a workshop on wildlife disease surveillance in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from April 23 to 26.
Sri Lanka and Canada are a world apart, but thanks to the efforts of veterinary pathologist Dr. Ted Leighton, the two countries share a common goal of managing wildlife health in their regions.
Results from an experiment conducted in a University of Saskatchewan bio-safety lab suggest that bats in North America are dying from a European strain of fungus recently introduced to Canada and the United States.
What's it like to be a graduate student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine? Dr. Jamie Rothenburger describes her view from the field.
We know that our pets can get stressed out, but what about wild animals? What would they have to worry about?
Mexico's National Council for Science and Technology has awarded a high-profile scholarship to a Western College of Veterinary Medicine PhD student whose research focuses on chronic wasting disease (CWD).
WCVM graduate student Dr. Maria Fernanda Mejia-Salazar writes about looking behind the camera to untangle chronic wasting disease (CWD) transmission.