2019 Fall Convocation award recipients

More than 900 degrees, diplomas and certificates will be awarded to University of Saskatchewan (USask) students at the annual Fall Convocation ceremonies on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Merlis Belsher Place.

Celebrating RVT month at the WCVM

October is national Registered Veterinary Technologist and Technician (RVT) month in Canada.

Cow-calf survey shows successful move to spring calving

Results of the Western Canadian Cow-Calf Surveillance Network study led by researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have shown producers are increasingly moving to a later calving season as a means of expanding herds.

A researcher's curiosity

The Green & White asked three top USask researchers to recall that special eureka moment when they knew where their career path was taking them.

Chris Clark: The recipe for teaching success

Teaching was not a profession that Dr. Chris Clark (MVetSc) envisioned for himself when he first came to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) as an intern.

Autumn awards celebrate excellence

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) honoured outstanding students and faculty at its annual fall awards banquet on Sept. 20.

WCVM researchers part of polar report

A federal science report describing field research in Canada’s Arctic features the work of veterinary parasitologist Dr. Emily Jenkins, a professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) and University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher.

WCVM internship primes vet for large animal practice

Dr. Robin (Rob) Stevens had been a practicing physiotherapist for several years when he decided to adopt Cola, a rescue dog from Taiwan. Although Stevens knew he could provide a better life for Cola, he had no idea that his new pet would ultimately lead him to a new path in life as well.

Researcher inspired by memory of beloved horse

Samantha Steinke is a biomedical engineering master’s student, but her love for horses is what led her to apply her expertise to a research project at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Watching for wild carriers of avian influenza

Most people who see a flock of wild ducks flying over a lake don’t automatically think about the diseases these birds could be carrying, but for many chicken and turkey producers, the threat of wild birds spreading disease to their flocks is all too real.

Ecologist’s work targets what makes Lyme disease tick

Dr. Maarten Voordouw and his wife Anne enjoy being outdoors, especially with their young daughters, Naia and Margot. But after any outing, particularly if the girls have been playing in the grass or leaves, the couple are diligent about checking for ticks.

WCVM researchers receive $5.6-million for advanced diagnostics research

The future of diagnostic testing for livestock disease could fit into the palm of your hand.

USask researcher recognized for work on predator-prey relationships

It’s a life she hadn’t imagined when she was a young student.

Veterinarian looking at ways to manage TB in northern bison herd

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.

Does Fido really need that antibiotic?

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?

Want your pet to go vegetarian? Be cautious, warns USask expert

As more vegetarian kibble shows up in pet stores, switching Fido and Fluffy to plant-based nutrition may seem like a good idea.

Dipping into mare’s milk

Milk samples are providing vital information about iodine levels in western Canadian brood mares — the focus of a recent study led by theriogenology specialist Dr. Claire Card of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

WCVM scientists awarded nearly $1.5 million in research funding

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.

Therapy may reduce muscle atrophy in spinal cord injury patients

A team of researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is investigating a therapy for spinal cord injuries that could potentially increase patients’ motor function and decrease muscle atrophy at the same time.

USask researchers awarded nearly $11 M in natural sciences, engineering grants

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.

Turning the tide for the bigmouth buffalo fish

The bigmouth buffalo fish, or Ictiobus cyprinellus, is one of 67 fish species found in Saskatchewan waters, but it is also one of the six fish species currently at risk of extirpation (gone from a once-populated area) in the province.

$1.25M awarded to innovative USask early career researchers

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.

USask ecologist receives prestigious Steacie Fellowship

Maud Ferrari, an exceptional University of Saskatchewan (USask) behavioural ecologist who studies predator-prey interactions, has received one of Canada’s most prestigious awards for young scientists.

USask community honoured with Saskatchewan Order of Merit

Several members of the University of Saskatchewan (USask) community are set to receive the province's highest honour.

WCVM: The animal side of critical care

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.

WCVM grad returns as emergency and critical care specialist

Becoming a veterinarian was never a question for Dr. Jennifer Loewen, who had her career planned out since she was attending elementary school in her hometown of Winnipeg, Man.

RVT Month highlights ‘behind-the-scenes’ profession

Registered veterinary technologists or technicians (RVTs) have been an integral part of animal health care for over 50 years, but their profession is still a mystery for many people.

From brain teasers to brain specialist

Dr. Danielle Zwueste has been hooked on veterinary medicine since she was a teenager, but it was her affinity for solving puzzles that inspired her to become a veterinary neurologist.

Stressed bats can increase spread of deadly viruses

Bats are responding to stress from such things as habitat destruction, lack of nutrition and infections by increasing the production and shedding of viruses that cause serious and often fatal diseases in humans and other animals.

WCVM practicum highlights animal side of social work

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).

U of S researchers awarded $8M to tackle social, climate issues

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.

WCVM awards night honours high achievers

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) paid tribute to nearly 60 of the college’s outstanding students, faculty and staff during its annual fall awards evening on September 21.

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.

A life infused with horses

Dr. Steve Manning has enjoyed being around horses since he was a kid riding with the local Pony Club branch in his southern Ontario hometown. That interest prompted him to apply for a summer job with a local equine veterinarian – a move that led to his career choice.

One very determined dentist

Dr. Candace Lowe, a member of the Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba, is a role model on many fronts: she’s female, Indigenous and an example of what’s possible when a person finds her passion.

Hamilton selected as FEI official for Games

Dr. Don Hamilton, professor emeritus of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), is one of four Canadians who have been selected as officials for the 2018 Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) World Equestrian Games this fall.

Understanding bacteria’s “blueprint” could improve women’s health

The bacterial population or microbiome of the human vagina could provide answers to some important questions about women’s health, and researchers are exploring the genetic material within one specific type of bacteria in order to determine some of these answers.

Scientist searches for best behaviour in bacteria

What do a colony of fungus-farming ants and a herd of milk-producing cows have in common? In Tony Ruzzini’s eyes, both have much to teach us about the behaviour of bacteria — and how it may be turned to good use.

Lungs prove to be elusive subject for imaging chair

The eyes may be the window to the soul, but for Dr. Gurpreet Aulakh, the lungs are the window to disease. What happens inside these spongy, air-filled organs may be key to unravelling the mysteries of a wide array of illnesses.

Moya targets better welfare, productivity balance for beef cattle

In early January, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) welcomed its new beef cattle ethologist — Dr. Diego Moya — to the college’s team of large animal specialists.

U of S researchers named fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Three University of Saskatchewan researchers have been appointed fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS), one of the highest honours in Canada’s health sciences community.

One very fine bovine vet

A well-known veterinarian whose passion for his work has inspired generations of veterinary students is the 2017 Boehringer Ingelheim WCABP Veterinarian of the Year.

Anesthesiologists essential to patient care

Rounds, where each patient's plan for the day is reviewed, begin at 8 a.m. The room is full of scrubs and sneakers and coffees.

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.

New role pins Thomas to WCVM

Her surgical residency as the Townsend Equine Health Research Fund (TEHRF) fellow has wrapped up, but Dr. Keri Thomas is staying put — and she couldn't be happier about it.

WCVM dean to serve as AAVMC president

Dr. Douglas Freeman is set to serve a one-year term as president of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).

Former WCVM dean receives national honour

Veterinary educator, researcher and leader Dr. Ole Nielsen has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada — one of the country's highest civilian honours.

Muir recognized for outstanding teaching

Neuroscience can be a daunting subject for first-year veterinary students, but with Dr. Gillian Muir at the front of the class, students have nothing to fear.

New prof builds animal nutrition program

Dr. Tammy Owens jokes that she has almost enough cats at home – seven – to run a valid feeding study, something entirely appropriate for someone who specializes in animal nutrition at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Singh to lead Calgary vet school

Dr. Baljit Singh has been appointed as dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary (UCVM).

Meet the seal team

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.

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.

Linking behaviour with molecular structure

What does the shape of a molecule have to do with behaviour?

Pig proponent joins U of S

Early in her academic career Yolande Seddon realized she'd need to specialize if she wanted to make a difference.

New WCVM professor brings bovine expertise

When Dr. Fabienne Uehlinger set her sights on becoming a veterinarian, it wasn't to treat pets or companion animals such as horses. Instead, she chose cattle.

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.

An accidental scientist

It is sometimes easy, considering how relatively common-place contraception and fertility treatments are now, to forget the research that went into making them effective is only several decades old—and no small part of this body of work has been affected by Dr. Roger Pierson, who has helped change the lives of countless women across the globe.

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.

Veterinary social work comes to the WCVM

On a recent veterinary call to a nearby farm, social worker Erin Wasson found herself pushing a sheep through a chute.

Jelinski receives CAHI leadership award

Dr. Murray Jelinski is the 2015 recipient of the Canadian Animal Health Institute's (CAHI) Industry Leadership Award.

WCVM professor earns teaching award

If you walk by Dr. Cheryl Waldner's office door on any given day, you're likely to see the respected researcher and professor working patiently with a student.

Smart blazed trail for female veterinarians

Dr. Marion (Meg) Smart wanted to be a veterinarian from the time she was nine years old, but it wasn't a popular career for girls in the 1960s.

WCVM's first dean shaped college's future

When the University of Saskatchewan's Board of Governors began searching for the first dean of Western Canada's veterinary college in 1963, their list of criteria was long.

In memoriam: Dr. Robert H. Dunlop

Dr. Robert Hugh Dunlop, a well-known veterinary leader and one of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's (WCVM) first faculty members, died at the age of 85 on Dec. 18, 2014.

Pets get physical

In the basement of the Small Animal Clinic in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), Dr. Romany Pinto is working with Kaibo, a brown toy poodle with hip and knee problems.

Stookey receives bovine welfare award

WCVM professor Dr. Joe Stookey has received the 2014 Metacam® 20 Bovine Welfare Award in recognition of his outstanding efforts to advance the welfare of cattle in Canada and the U.S.

Doctor of Science degree a "personal honour"

Dr. Ted Leighton's latest university degree is one that took him nearly 35 years to earn — and one that he never expected to receive.

Leighton's legacy is strong CWHC

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.

New director committed to wildlife health

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.

Half-century links Hamilton and WCVM

For nearly half a century, Dr. Don Hamilton's life stories have been entwined with the history of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

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.

CFI awards $500,000 to U of S researchers

Six University of Saskatchewan researchers will share a total of $557,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for their research projects.

WCVM people: in memoriam

Sisodia joined the WCVM faculty in 1968, and he taught pharmacology and toxicology until his retirement in 2001. In addition to serving as department head for six years, he was a founding member of the Toxicology Group and Toxicology graduate program.

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.

Interview with a vampire (bat)

Rough-hewn stone walls and old bricks line the stairwell downward to a traditional public room in the basement of Winston's English Pub and Grill. It was the perfect venue for the pre-Halloween Interview with the Vampire (Bat) café scientifique event—or rather, an interview with the bats' spokesperson, Vikram Misra.

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.

Medical imaging career demanded change

Veterinary radiologist Dr. John Pharr has always embraced change and the opportunity to learn — and that thirst for knowledge has defined his career at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

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.

Taylor and Candy bring home some treats

Veterinarian Dr. Susan (Sue) Taylor definitely loves her Candy — that is, the four-legged variety.

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.

Fishing for answers

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.

A life with horses

It takes a special kind of person to love large animal field service duty — a job that's notorious for difficult patients, all-night hours, and physical exhaustion.

Mapletoft a "victim of serendipity"

Around the world, generations of cattle have been born in the past 40 years — thanks to a career choice that Dr. Reuben Mapletoft made when he was seven years old.

Curiosity led Forsyth into four-decade career

Whether it's focusing on a genetic eye condition that has plagued horses for thousands of years or scouring the age-old problem of diarrhea, Dr. George Forsyth of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) has always enjoyed figuring out why things happen.

Working with bulls lifeblood of Barth's career

Dr. Albert Barth has worked around cattle since he was a kid growing up on his family's farm near Radisson, Sask.