Lambs and calves help prepare students for practice

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.

Vet student joins parents’ alma mater

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).

Vet school facilitates friendship

Brigitte Hautcouer of Regina, Sask. and Robyn Trischuk, of Prince Albert, Sask. became fast friends at veterinary school.

What I learned during my summer research

As a second-year veterinary student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), I found that I had quite a few options available in both clinical and research settings when it came time to search for summer employment.

Parents inspire student to attend WCVM

Jane Westendorf grew up in Mission, B.C., where she got an early start on her veterinary education helping her mother and father – who are both veterinarians – at their private practices

Mentorship helps student realize love for veterinary medicine

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.

Science background provides perfect basis for veterinary medicine

Bonnie Chu of Vancouver, B.C., has put her curious mind to use conducting research during veterinary school.

Veterinary career natural progression for Manitoba student

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.

Childhood goal becomes reality for Sask. student

Courtney Orsen was only three years old when she told her parents that she wanted to be a veterinarian, but she has never wavered from that aspiration.

B.C. student finds reward in vet school

Josh Cousins of Kelowna, B.C., is making the most of both the challenges and the rewards of being a veterinary student.

Possibilities take flight for WCVM student

Calgary student Nicole Sereda has made the most of opportunities available outside the classroom as a student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

First-year student to become third-generation vet in family

As far back as he can remember, Austin Jacobson has wanted to be a veterinarian – just like two other key people in his life.

Volunteering leads Manitoba student to vet school

Chris Rampersad of Winnipeg, Man., always knew he wanted a career in a caring profession. By volunteering and working with a variety of institutions and initiatives in Canada and overseas, he thinks he’s found what he was looking for.

Island upbringing inspired student's love of animals

First-year veterinary student Reina Fennell grew up surrounded by trees and ocean on an island in Haida Gwaii, a remote chain of islands on the British Columbia coast.

A love for nature led student to veterinary medicine

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.

Cowan takes road less taken toward veterinary career

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.

Vet student goes from backcountry to books

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.

Giving back is vet student's goal

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.

Veterinary surgery life-long calling

Like many veterinarians, Dr. Koji Aoki always knew what career path he wanted to follow.

Aussie vet excels in prairie research

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.

Student spreads passion for zoo animals

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.

SK student trades volleyball for vet med

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.

Global volunteering motivates B.C. student

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.

Manitoba student role model for community

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.

SPCA clinic spurred N.W.T. student's passion

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.

Alberta student’s career takes flight

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.

Students give back with Vetavision

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.

Research the focus of student poster day

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.

Project offers unique support to horses

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).

Redefining what it means to be a vet

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.

Feral horses focus of Sable Island study

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.

Students research antibiotic alternatives

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.

Gold Medal recipient heads for horses

Horses have played an important role in Elisabeth van Veggel's life since she was a little girl.

Summer research photo contest

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.

Vetavision award recognizes students’ work

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).

Vet students help empower Ugandan women

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.

Hard work reaps rewards for WCVM student

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.

4-H comes in handy for Manitoba vet student

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.

WCVM student receives bovine award

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).

WCVM welcomes 50th class to college

Ian Niu was nine years old and a budding veterinarian when his family decided to leave Vancouver and return to their home in Taiwan.

Poster days celebrate student research

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.

One Health conference nurtures careers

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.

New program blends business, animal health

When Elad Ben-Ezra put his veterinary studies on hold last year, he didn't stray far from his chosen career.

Double-degree student wins Merck award

Serena Caunce is working on not one but two degrees at the same time.

Poster days highlight graduate research

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.

Bailee Stanton receives AAEP-Markel award

University of Saskatchewan student Bailee Stanton of Kananaskis, Alta., is a 2014 recipient of an American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation-Markel award.

Volunteer work prepped Yukon vet student

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.

Farm crisis sparked student's vet aspirations

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.

Student trades business for veterinary career

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.

Poster day celebrates undergrad research

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.

Calgary student aspires to be "fish vet"

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.

Dr. Matthew Links wins prestigious award

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.

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).

Grad students shine at poster day

What exactly do graduate students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) investigate in their research programs?

WCVM students win ultrasound machine

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.

WCVM video finalist in ultrasound contest

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.

Montréal, rats and blue-footed boobies

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.

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).

Student follows sheep to veterinary career

Sheep led Cordell Young to his career choice of veterinary medicine.

Manitoba student nets veterinary goal

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.

PhD piqued Figley's interest in animal health

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.

Dr. Manuel Palomino, bison superhero

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.

Students put their best research forward

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.

WCVM distributes over $104,000 in awards

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.

Vet student chases dream across continents

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.

Zoo keeping kick-starts vet student's career

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.

CAHF fellow helps fungus-filled dogs

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.

The great defence

Dr. Jamie Rothenburger tells us more about the world of a veterinary pathology graduate student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

WCVM students go wild for wildlife

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.

Student enjoys vet profession’s wild side

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.

Surgical resident’s career goes cross country

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.

New vet passionate about northern life

When it comes to veterinary medicine, Dr. Carla Baker has taken the road less travelled.

Dr. Claire Beneke receives Faculty Gold Medal

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.

Goat project passes on skills to students

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.

Pawsitive Practice helps students de-stress

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 slice of life

A window into the world of a pathology graduate student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine

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 student makes vital links at NAVC

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.

Joining the rat race

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.

Finding the next generation of vets

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.

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.

B.C. student hooked on aquatic vet medicine

While growing up on Canada's West Coast, Darius Khambatta of Vancouver, B.C., was fascinated with the local aquatic wildlife and with the wide variety of species found in the aquatic world.

The class that keeps on giving

After their graduation banquet expenses had all been paid, members of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Class of 2010 put their heads together one more time to decide where they wanted their collected surplus of $2,840 to go.

Résumé includes salmon, bison and horses

Nicholas Hawkins was born and raised in Humboldt, Sask., just one hour from Saskatoon. But his journey into the veterinary medicine program at the University of Saskatchewan was a much longer trip than 100 kilometres down the highway.

Love of horses leads student to vet program

Renae Zook has loved animals of all kinds from the time that she could talk, so a career in veterinary medicine just seemed like a natural progression for the Alberta student.

Job shadowing led student to vet career

Veterinary medicine has been Jon Katzman's career choice since he was a young boy, but an opportunity to job shadow a veterinarian really sealed the deal for the Saskatoon, Sask., resident.

Students excel at WCVM awards night

More than 400 people — including many proud parents and families — gathered in Saskatoon for the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's 2012 Fall Awards Program and White Coat Ceremony on September 28.

Draft horses prepared Manitoba vet student

While growing up on her family's farm near Grosse Isle, Man., Kara Rutherford had lots of opportunity to gain confidence around animals of all shapes and sizes — the ideal experience for an aspiring veterinarian.

U of S students earn kudos for research

Seven University of Saskatchewan students earned recognition for their summer research efforts during the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's 2012 Undergraduate Research Student Poster Days on September 4 and 5.

Clinical pathology career a custom fit

Originally from Spruce Grove, Alta., Dr. Melissa Meachem grew up among all kinds of animals ranging from the family dog to the cows, horses and sheep at her grandparents' farm.

Redford studies disease trends in B.C. wildlife

From working with white sturgeon in an aquatic toxicology lab to capturing mule deer fawns for chronic wasting disease monitoring, Tony Redford had already gained valuable experience with multiple species before he began his veterinary degree in 2010.

Small animal surgery clicked with Plesman

Dr. Rhea Plesman developed her keen interest in veterinary medicine while growing up on a feedlot operation in Coaldale, Alta.

Cancer research piques clinician's curiosity

When Dr. Kirsty Elliot decided to return to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) for specialized training, the veterinary oncology resident initially thought her focus would be on clinical research.

Influenza study sticks to mucus production

Cracking open a bottle of champagne was the first thing Tara Guinn of Winnipeg, Man., did after receiving her acceptance letter to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Dairy medicine is veterinary student's passion

Brittany Wheler felt a mix of emotions the moment she learned that she had been accepted to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Student takes closer look at blastomycosis

With a strong interest in internal medicine, Susan Mehain of North Vancouver, B.C., has been thoroughly enjoying her experience at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Vet student focuses on spinal cord research

When Devon Wilson's horse was treated for colic at the Veterinary Medical Centre in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), she knew immediately that she wanted to work in the field of veterinary medicine.