Playing ‘bee’ to study pesticide effects

Pretending to be a honey bee is a lot of work, but researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have proved they’re up for the challenge.

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?

Collaboration helps researchers solve real-world problems

Dr. Arinjay Banerjee (PhD) has always been a gifted student. However, as happens with many graduate students, the way Banerjee thought about his research was flawed at its core. It wasn’t until 2014, when he came to the University of Saskatchewan, that he realized it and changed.

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.

Imported spices and frozen vegetables tested for “superbugs”

A University of Saskatchewan research team has found that some food imported to Saskatoon from certain Asian countries has tested positive for “superbugs”—strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria— but immediate health concerns are likely low.

Investigating tularemia on the Canadian Prairies

Between June 29 and July 19, 1978, a group of seven monkeys at Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo mysteriously fell ill.

Shining a new light on old cases: looking to the past to improve cancer care

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.

Let the kisses spread love, not worms

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.

HSPB1: small protein a potential pregnancy powerhouse

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.

When vet med meets fine art

This spring, students from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) visited Saskatoon’s Remai Modern to help deepen their observational skills.

Understanding the patterns of superbug resistance in dogs

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.

Vet student’s best soul-food is Broccoli

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.

Ramp walking helps diagnose lameness in dogs

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.

Small, deadly parasite emerging in Canada’s North

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.

Llama drama: Research into the mechanics of llama ovulation reveals a rare tumour

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.

Researchers seek clues to better treatment for deadly dog disease

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.

Leading by example

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.

Alberta student happy to return to her ‘Plan A’

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.

Manitoba vet student following in mother’s footsteps

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.

Sled dog racing roots drive student’s vet career

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.

Falconry helped vet student’s career take flight

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.

Northern experiences benefited first-year veterinary student

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.

Rural roots run deep for Manitoba vet student

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.

U of S veterinary student earns national 4-H award times three

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.

Island life shaped B.C. vet student’s career path

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.

Equine job groomed Manitoba student for vet school

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).

‘Veterinary immersion’ helped prepare Alberta student for career

Matt Woodman of Calgary, Alta., was volunteering on a friend’s farm during calving season when he had an unforgettable experience.

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.

Veterinary student in her ‘happy place’ with animals

Kari Kondratowicz still recalls the excitement of her high school work placement at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) veterinary teaching hospital.

New program brings vet students into rural Saskatchewan

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).

Conference features range of One Health speakers

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:

A gold medal performance

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.

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).

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.

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.