Dr. Angela MacKay was given a choice between braces and horses as a teenager. It was no contest on which option she chose.
Dr. Douglas Freeman, dean of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), will step down on June 30 and go on administrative leave from the University of Saskatchewan (USask).
An innovative triage program at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) is providing timely information and guidance to anxious owners who are seeking emergency help for their pets.
Veterinary surgeon Dr. Cindy Shmon hopes to help her students see grey in a world that isn’t just black and white.
It may seem unusual to walk away questioning your own judgments and biases after a conversation with a veterinary pharmacologist, but this is exactly the type of deep thinking Dr. Trish Dowling inspires.
Potentially toxic chemicals from LCDs in nearly half of household dust samples tested: USask-led study
Chemicals commonly used in smartphone, television, and computer displays were found to be potentially toxic and present in nearly half of dozens of samples of household dust collected by a team of toxicologists led by the University of Saskatchewan (USask).
Researchers hope to extend the golden years for beloved pets by addressing a condition causing blindness in senior dogs.
Two hours can make a big difference in one’s understanding of the role all Canadians play in building reconciliation with Indigenous people in Canada.
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.
October is national Registered Veterinary Technologist and Technician (RVT) month in Canada.
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.
The Green & White asked three top USask researchers to recall that special eureka moment when they knew where their career path was taking them.
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.
The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) honoured outstanding students and faculty at its annual fall awards banquet on Sept. 20.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The future of diagnostic testing for livestock disease could fit into the palm of your hand.
It’s a life she hadn’t imagined when she was a young student.
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.
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?
As more vegetarian kibble shows up in pet stores, switching Fido and Fluffy to plant-based nutrition may seem like a good idea.
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Several members of the University of Saskatchewan (USask) community are set to receive the province's highest honour.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was a chance encounter with a University of Saskatchewan professor that first brought Dr. Chris Clark to Saskatchewan.
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.
Dr. Douglas Freeman is set to serve a one-year term as president of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).
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.
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.
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).
Dr. Baljit Singh has been appointed as dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary (UCVM).
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.
The University of Saskatchewan Students' Union (USSU) asks students each year to nominate professors and staff in an effort to recognize excellence across campus.
What does the shape of a molecule have to do with behaviour?
Early in her academic career Yolande Seddon realized she'd need to specialize if she wanted to make a difference.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On a recent veterinary call to a nearby farm, social worker Erin Wasson found herself pushing a sheep through a chute.
Dr. Murray Jelinski is the 2015 recipient of the Canadian Animal Health Institute's (CAHI) Industry Leadership 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Six University of Saskatchewan researchers will share a total of $557,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for their research projects.
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.
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.