Manitoba vet looks back at career of giving back

Dr. Allan Preston believes in giving back to society – that guiding principle prompted him to get involved in student politics during high school, and it has continued to inspire him throughout a veterinary career that’s spanned four decades.

Veterinarian’s career path full of interesting curves

When people picture a career as a veterinarian, most probably think of the traditional veterinary clinic where practitioners care for a mix of large and small animal patients.

Saskatchewan’s veterinarian

Much like a trek across the prairie, the career of Saskatchewan’s chief veterinary officer Dr. Betty Althouse has been a journey from one horizon to the next. Beyond each horizon, she has arrived at a new experience and a chance to gain knowledge.

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.

WCVM graduate selected as top bovine vet

Dr. Oliver Schunicht, a 1994 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), was recently selected as the 2018 Boehringer Ingelheim-Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners (WCABP) Veterinarian of the Year.

Healer of the Prairies

It’s not uncommon for veterinarians to have visits from students, young and old, looking to soak up some of their carefully-accrued experience through on-site, experiential learning.

The vet behind the PowerFloat

Ask any horse owner or equine veterinarian about the PowerFloat, and they’ll tell you that the rotary dental instrument is synonymous with equine dental care — an essential tool that’s well known in the horse community.

Sask. SPCA recognizes WCVM alumnus

At The Link Conference on September 21, 2017, the Saskatchewan SPCA presented the Phil and Muriel Baines Humanitarian Award to Dr. Ernest Olfert. He was recognized for his contributions to animal welfare in Saskatchewan and across Canada.

Long ride fulfils lasting dream

They call it “The Ride” – a horseback adventure across Western Canada that began with David Nahachewsky’s bucket list, written after his run-in with cancer in 2001.

Northern B.C. clinic home for WCVM graduates

The Dawson Creek Veterinary Clinic is a busy mixed animal practice in British Columbia’s northeast Peace River region, just across the provincial boundary from Alberta.

WCVM alumna to lead AAEP

Dr. Kathleen Anderson, a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, will serve as the president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in 2016.

EHRF renamed to honour first fellow

A chance conversation with Dr. Hugh Townsend outside the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) led Dr. Joe Bracamonte to focus his career on equine health.

Magic moment at college’s first Vetavision

When Hugh Townsend showed up to work his shift at Vetavision one chilly day in November 1970, the second-year veterinary student had no way of knowing that his life was about to change forever.

Ag industry honours WCVM alumni

Two western Canadian veterinarians recently earned their places in the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame, and their portraits now hang with other members of the country's "agricultural royalty."

Vets find opportunities in entrepreneurship

From veterinarians and award-winning entrepreneurs to land developers and corporate practitioners, Drs. Zenon and Lorraine Forster of Humboldt, Sask., have travelled distinctive career paths since earning their veterinary degrees.

June Conference showcases WCVM alumni

To mark the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's 50-year anniversary, some of the college's best and brightest graduates are returning to Saskatoon and sharing their expertise during the 2015 WCVM June Conference, June 11-13.

Vets for Pets good medicine for everyone

The man standing in front of Dr. Jane Vermeulen was well groomed, neatly dressed and articulate. When he asked her for a specific flea treatment for his two cats, she assumed he was a staff member from Our Place — an inner-city transition shelter in Victoria, B.C.

Alberta horse industry honours Burwash

Dr. Wayne Burwash, a 1969 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), is the 2015 recipient of the Horse Industry Association of Alberta's (HIAA) Distinguished Service Award.

Focus on quality care, balance breeds success

"Since I was eight years old, surrounded by barn cats, being a vet was all I wanted to be."

Ukrainian-Canadian vets YouTube sensations

It started with an online friendship between two cattle veterinarians, and blossomed into a worldwide, viral campaign.

Pets bond Gibbs’ work and life

Dr. Brian Gibbs' decision to become a veterinarian was greatly influenced by one person: his grandmother.

WCVM grad's book recounts cancer battle

Dr. Sarah Boston, a graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), is returning to her former hometown of Saskatoon and her alma mater to talk about her new book — Lucky Dog: How Being a Veterinarian Saved My Life.

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).

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 alumna new AAEP vice president

The American Association of Equine Practitioners has named Kathleen Anderson, DVM, owner of Equine Veterinary Care PC in Elkton, Md., as its 2014 vice president.

Meet the newest Dr. Lawrence, DVM

When Dr. Eric Lawrence donned a cap and gown to receive his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Saskatchewan's 2013 Spring Convocation on June 6, he was carrying on a family tradition that began in 1978 – the year that his father Dr. Jim Lawrence graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Dr. Michael Jelinski: WCABP Vet of the Year

Dr. Michael Jelinski of Airdrie, Alta. — an alumnus of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) — is the 2013 recipient of the Boehringer Ingelheim WCABP Veterinarian of the Year award.

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.

Former grad student will lead Genome Prairie

A former Western College of Veterinary Medicine graduate student will become the new president and chief executive officer of Genome Prairie on April 1.

WCVM alumnus advocates One Health

As dean of the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Trevor Ames is a compelling advocate for the concept of One Health and for the pivotal role of veterinarians in implementing One Health initiatives.

Prairie roots helped Ames build career

Dr. Trevor Ames hasn't lived on the Canadian Prairies since he graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. But he's built a successful career by applying many of the lessons he learned as a Saskatchewan farm boy growing up on the family farm near Milestone, Sask.

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.

My three sons, veterinary style

When a young Eric Lawrence heard his father — veterinarian Dr. Jim Lawrence — get called in the middle of the night to handle an animal health emergency, Eric remembers that his dad never seemed to get grumpy about losing a good night's sleep.

Veterinarian's gift supports profession's future

When Dr. James (Jim) Mailer of Stettler, Alta., passed away on July 20, 2011, he left a generous gift of $200,000 to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). The legacy was his way of giving back to the institution that had laid the foundation for his successful and rewarding career as a veterinarian.

Vet/author featured speaker at Vetavision

Veterinarian and author Dr. David Perrin of Creston, B.C., will share stories and sign books for visitors during Vetavision 2012 — the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's public open house.

Specialist returns to WCVM roots

Thirty-one years after graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), Dr. Gregory Starrak is glad to be back as a new addition to the veterinary college's faculty.

Bovine immunity expert part of conference

Dr. Amelia Woolums will give three presentations on different aspects of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) at the 2012 June Conference, June 7-9, in Saskatoon, Sask.

Paton: ”It’s not just treating horses”

Dr. David Paton always enjoyed working around large animals while growing up on the family dairy farm in Ladner, B.C. But it was the influence of their local veterinarian, Dr. Gordon Davis, that sparked his interest in veterinary medicine and developed his focus on horses.

Vet of the year honour for WCVM graduate

Western College of Veterinary Medicine alumnus Dr. Tye Perrett of Okotoks, Alta., is the Boehringer Ingelheim WCABP Veterinarian of the Year for 2012.

Veterinary medicine a family passion

"Veterinary medicine is a passion for me: my work makes my life whole and gives me purpose," says Dr. Eiltie (Elly) Holowaychuk. "I like nothing better than making a client's day – having that miracle that we're always looking for actually happen."

Vetset Kate Winsit . . . wins it!

For Alberta veterinarian Dr. Elly Holowaychuk, it was a complete surprise to hear that her "little Canuck" — Vetset Kate Winsit — had won Best of Variety: Poodle (Standard) at this year's prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City's Madison Square Gardens.

Chalack receives Diamond Jubilee medal

Exactly three months after being inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame, Western College of Veterinary Medicine graduate Dr. David Chalack (WCVM '75) earned another prestigious honour for his contributions to Canadian agriculture and animal care.