When an eight-year-old Labrador retriever named Ruby was brought to the Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in 2016, her owner reported symptoms that had started with the loss of sensation in her back legs, followed by the loss of bladder control and eventually her ability to walk.
If your dog enjoys a meal of raw organs and considers feces a delicacy, you may want to rethink trading kisses with them – and not just because of bad breath and bad bacteria.
The statistics are staggering: preterm or premature birth affects 15 million babies worldwide. These infants, born at fewer than 37 weeks of pregnancy, are at a greater risk for complications such as cerebral palsy, development delays and sight or hearing problems.
This spring, students from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) visited Saskatoon’s Remai Modern to help deepen their observational skills.
Even if your dog is perfectly healthy, there’s a chance that it could be at risk of developing an infection caused by bacteria with superbug bacteria – and treatment options are decreasing.
To say third-year veterinary student Molly-Rae Walker keeps busy would be an understatement. In addition to her studies at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), she takes part in a myriad of extra-curricular and volunteer activities. But one of the causes closest to her heart is taking care of Broccoli, her 16-month-old foster dog.
Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are taking tips from the field of human medicine and rehabilitation to develop a technique to help detect and diagnose injuries in dogs.
Harsh terrain and brutally cold temperatures are not the only dilemmas Arctic dwellers face. Dr. Emily Jenkins and her team of researchers at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have identified parasites in the gastrointestinal tract of carnivores from northern Canada as Echinococcus spp, a small tapeworm no larger than a mustard seed. Despite its miniscule size, Echinococcusis is extremely dangerous.
All it took was one ultrasound image to change all of our plans. I was part of a research team from the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) investigating how llamas ovulate. The season was just gearing up and we were doing the usual reproductive-function exams on the 25 research llamas at the college’s llama and alpaca farm near Saskatoon.
Taking your adorable new puppy to play at the dog park: priceless. Potential cost of not fully vaccinating your puppy first: several days in the veterinary hospital, thousands of dollars in intensive-care fees … and still no guarantee your puppy will survive.
As I walk down the halls at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), I pass by walls lined with graduation portraits dating back to the first students in the 1960s. From a then-majority of sepia-toned moustaches to today’s colour photos featuring predominantly female students, we can spot the faces of our mentors, many of our teachers, and for some, even family members.
Jude Morton was only five years old when she told her mother that she wanted to be a veterinarian. It seemed like the ideal career for Morton, who grew up surrounded by pets and farm animals on her family’s home in Scotland. The daughter of a shepherd, she helped her father with lambing, feeding the lambs and ewes, and many other jobs.
First-year veterinary student Chris Jermey has been shadowing a veterinarian since he was a baby. Early pictures show him sitting in a stroller watching his mother, Dr. Helen Metner-Jermey, at work on farm calls for her large animal ambulatory practice in Moosehorn, Man.
While growing up in northern British Columbia, first-year veterinary student Alannah Friedlund’s life revolved around sled dog racing and working with her family to maintain their kennel of Alaskan huskies. She was six years old when she ran her first race.
Pets of all shapes and sizes have always been part of Katie Radcliffe’s life, but the first-year veterinary student’s favourite animals aren’t the soft and cuddly kind.
Kaitlyn Denroche is a product of the North, shaped by her experiences growing up in Yellowknife, NWT – a city of about 20,000 residents that offered her access to various animals including dog teams, horses, house pets and city wildlife.
First-year veterinary student Marianne Sytnyk has always been happy living the farming lifestyle — even when it meant working all night or spending hours outside in -40 degree Celsius weather, she enjoyed every minute of it.
For the third time in her academic career, University of Saskatchewan veterinary student Kendra Elliott of Cromer, Man., has received the Weston Family 4-H Agricultural Scholarship offered through 4-H Canada.
Cameron Hughes grew up on Denman Island, a small rural community in the Georgia Strait that provided him with incredible access to the amazing opportunities, sights and beauty of the B.C. coast.
This summer, Chantel Dunlop of Seven Sisters Falls, Man., was standing in a warm-up ring at Calgary’s Spruce Meadows when she read an email message confirming her acceptance into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).
Matt Woodman of Calgary, Alta., was volunteering on a friend’s farm during calving season when he had an unforgettable experience.
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.
Kari Kondratowicz still recalls the excitement of her high school work placement at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) veterinary teaching hospital.
A new program through the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association (SVMA) is giving third-year veterinary students an opportunity to gain more hands-on experience before starting their final year at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).
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:
When Dr. Jessica Paravicini returned home to Vancouver Island after the University of Saskatchewan’s Convocation in early June, the newly-minted veterinarian brought back more than memories of her graduation.
Fourth-year veterinary students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have many different options when choosing their clinical rotations, and with each rotation, they gain valuable hands-on experience. But WCVM reproduction specialists Drs. Colin Palmer and Dinesh Dadarwal thought something was missing from the list: a neonatal rotation focusing on ruminants.
Heather Waddell was working at the Shoal Lake Veterinary Clinic when she learned she’d been accepted to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).
As a kid growing up in Radville, Sask., Brendan Loewen gained lots of experience with family pets and wildlife, but he didn’t decide to pursue veterinary medicine as a career until he spent a couple of days shadowing Dr. Rebecca Corrigan (WCVM ’03) at Prairie Veterinary Clinic in Saskatoon, Sask.
Bonnie Chu of Vancouver, B.C., has put her curious mind to use conducting research during veterinary school.
Although Laura Ferguson had always enjoyed being around animals, she was looking at a career in human medicine when she had an “aha moment” that changed her focus.
Madison Logan grew up surrounded by the beauty of Yukon and spent hours with her family enjoying outdoor activities such as snowshoeing, kayaking and playing in glacier-fed lakes.
While most prospective veterinary students feel acceptance into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is an offer that they dare not put off, Vanessa Cowan felt it was an offer she had to delay.
When Mattie Smith opened her letter of acceptance from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in June, she was fencing on her boss’s farm – just another day in the office for a wrangler at Tonquin Valley Backcountry Lodge near Jasper, Alta.
Manraj Sidhu of Mackenzie, B.C., has spent a large part of his life helping others, and that background was a key factor in his decision to pursue a veterinary career.
Like many veterinarians, Dr. Koji Aoki always knew what career path he wanted to follow.
Felicity Wills first fell in love with agriculture and its way of life as a young girl growing up on her family's commercial beef cattle farm near the east coast of Australia.
Handling a four-foot-long African tree python, working with a red-tailed hawk and fielding kids' questions about a tortoise's bodily functions were all in a day's work for Garrett Fraess this summer.
Michal Pokraka was living the dream in 2013. After years of training camps and practices, he'd been chosen to play volleyball for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. But at the end of his first year with the team, he was forced to make a tough choice.
A trip to Bali opened Adam Lichtensteiger's eyes to the distressing number of stray dogs that were fending for their lives on the Indonesian island. Disturbed by what he had witnessed, Lichtensteiger decided to help.
When Samantha Bray found out that she'd been accepted as a veterinary student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), her students at Winnipeg's Neeginan Learning and Literacy Centre celebrated along with her.
For as long as she can remember, Sasha Ross of Yellowknife, N.W.T., has been preparing herself for a career as a veterinarian. And while she was volunteering at Great Slave Animal Hospital, she was given a chance to focus her love for animals on a cause that was close to home.
Thanks to her father's allergies to cats and dogs, Alice Liboiron grew up with an unconventional array of family pets that may have sparked her enduring interest in wildlife — particularly birds.
If balancing a heavy course load wasn't daunting enough, students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) also dedicate a significant amount of time to volunteering and giving back to their community.
For the undergraduate students who spend their summers in the laboratory or out in field, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's annual poster day event gives them a chance to bring their research to a broader audience.
In August 2015, I left the comfort of my English village and headed out to Canada to join a unique research team at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).
Being a veterinarian for most people means saving the lives of animals that are sick or in distress. For Dr. Brittany Wiese, being a veterinarian is that and so much more.
My feet and back are aching, my boots are filled with sand, and I have horse manure all over my hands after a day of collecting fecal samples.
When Thushari Gunawardana and Kalhari Goonewardene were university classmates back in Sri Lanka, they never imagined they'd meet again in the same veterinary school in Canada.
Horses have played an important role in Elisabeth van Veggel's life since she was a little girl.
Students working at the WCVM over the summer gained plenty of experience — and took some great photos of the fields, labs and barns they spent their time in.
In late September, fourth-year veterinary student Kayla Bilsborrow went from putting in 16 hour days during her clinical rotations to sleepless nights in the week leading up to Vetavision, the public open house at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).
The goat pass-on project started in 2006 with the goal to help alleviate poverty in rural Uganda by providing impoverished women with small-scale business opportunities. Each summer, the Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontières (VWB-VSF) selects students to volunteer on the project for three months. In 2015, the organization selected me — along with fellow WCVM student Brittany Smith and University of Montréal veterinary student Lena Kheirkhah — for the job.
Garrett Oetelaar didn't always want to become a veterinarian – but once he got started, his passion for the field put him at the top of his class.
Kendra Elliott was about eight years old when she knew she wanted to grow up and be just like the veterinarians who visited her family's cattle farm near Cromer, Man.
Veterinary student Tyson Buyer has turned his interest in cattle into extra cash thanks to an award from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP).
Ian Niu was nine years old and a budding veterinarian when his family decided to leave Vancouver and return to their home in Taiwan.
Students at the University of Saskatchewan had a chance to share their summer research findings at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's annual Undergraduate Poster competition.
Jenn Nyhof of Thompson, Man., is a fourth-year veterinary student, president of the University of Saskatchewan's One Health Club and a veteran participant of the university's One Health Leadership Experience conference.
When Elad Ben-Ezra put his veterinary studies on hold last year, he didn't stray far from his chosen career.
Serena Caunce is working on not one but two degrees at the same time.
Nearly 40 University of Saskatchewan graduate students participated in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's annual Graduate Student Research Poster Days from March 17-18.
University of Saskatchewan student Bailee Stanton of Kananaskis, Alta., is a 2014 recipient of an American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation-Markel award.
Jacqueline Harrison has always been intrigued by wildlife — an attraction that she attributes to her experiences growing up in Whitehorse as well as working at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve.
When Shannon Palmer of Port Alberni, B.C., was 16, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency quarantined her family's sheep flock for eight months because of possible exposure to scrapie — a fatal disease in sheep and goats.
Danica Schous was a business student at the University of Regina and heading toward a job in human resource management when she suddenly realized she was on the wrong career path.
More than 40 students participated in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's 2014 undergraduate research student poster days that were held at the college on Sept. 9-10.
When Jake Graas of Calgary, Alta., was 10 years old, his father let him lie about his age so he could try scuba diving for the first time.
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.
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).
What exactly do graduate students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) investigate in their research programs?
A group of University of Saskatchewan veterinary students has been rewarded for their creativity with a large animal ultrasound machine – first prize in a North American university video contest sponsored by BCF Technology.
After taking a magic school bus ride through a cow's reproductive system, a group of veterinary students from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) are among five team finalists vying for a large animal ultrasound machine in a North American contest.
The delectable combination of Dijon mustard, Havarti cheese and crunchy bread is tickling my taste buds. I'm sitting in Olive et Gourmando on rue Saint Paul Ouest in Old Montréal, having my first meal in this bustling yet intimate bistro restaurant.
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).
Sheep led Cordell Young to his career choice of veterinary medicine.
Celine Ward of Winnipeg, Man., is no stranger to goals. As a talented and skilled hockey player for many years, she learned the importance not only of scoring goals but also of setting them to achieve success.
Sarah Figley of Saskatoon, Sask., had already decided on her next career goal before she'd even completed her first one – a PhD degree in neuroscience.
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.
More than 30 University of Saskatchewan students put their research projects on public display during the WCVM's annual Undergraduate Student Poster Days in early September.
More than 450 people gathered together in downtown Saskatoon to celebrate the achievements of students, faculty and staff during the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's 2013 Fall Awards program and White Coat Ceremony on September 27.
Gigi Lin of Vancouver, B.C., decided that she wanted to become a veterinarian when she was 15 years old and helping out at the animal adoption program which her family had established in Hong Kong.
Daren Mandrusiak was walking an elephant when he heard he'd been accepted into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan.
Physicians use the drug voriconazole in their human patients to cure fungal infections in difficult-to-treat sites and to combat fungal diseases such as systemic aspergillosis.
Dr. Jamie Rothenburger tells us more about the world of a veterinary pathology graduate student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
Walk into the ward of the Wild and Exotic Animal Medicine Society (WEAMS) and you're instantly greeted by a blast of hoots, screeches and tweets from the many patients that are recuperating in their temporary homes at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
Michelle Whitehead recalls the summer of 2012 when she took care of a menagerie of wild birds and exotic pets in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's wildlife, exotics and zoological medicine ward.
Dr. Amanda Tallant's passion for veterinary medicine has led the small animal surgical resident to travel across North America — and even to an island in the Caribbean — in pursuit of her goals.
When it comes to veterinary medicine, Dr. Carla Baker has taken the road less travelled.
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.
By the time Ilse Dedden and Katie Nicol return to their classes at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine this August, the third-year veterinary students should be experts when it comes to working with and caring for goats.
Dressed in sarongs and sandals, a group of veterinary students spend their lunch hour practising their tropical dance moves and relaxing. There's not an animal in sight nor any talk about anatomy, physiology or clinical rotations. For the moment, dancing is all that matters to these students.
A window into the world of a pathology graduate student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine
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.
As the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) OnCampus® representative at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, I had the pleasure of spending a week in Orlando, Fla., from January 18-23 for the international event.
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.
As manager of admissions and recruitment at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Heather Mandeville is used to answering hundreds of questions from prospective students.