USask scientists probe tick-borne Lyme disease

While most people dread dealing with ticks, University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers are keen to work with the parasite as they investigate the host-pathogen system responsible for Lyme disease in Canada.

Researchers’ success in replicating poultry disease key to prevention

A research team at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is working to develop new prevention and control strategies for necrotic enteritis, a devastating disease that causes enormous financial losses for poultry producers.

USask Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence hires new director

Scott Wright has been selected to lead the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) as director, effective May 19.

Genome sequencing key to beef cattle specialist's antimicrobial research

Beef cattle specialist Dr. Emily Snyder is applying her expertise to address antimicrobial resistance — one of the most pervasive health issues affecting background and stocker operations in the beef cattle industry.

Research team produces first female bison pregnancy with sex-sorted sperm

When a wood bison cow gives birth at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence later this year, her offspring will be the first bison calf produced with sex-sorted sperm — a significant development in the revitalization of the threatened species.

Unique stem cells hold reproductive potential

Preserving endangered species, curing male infertility, making milk that prevents disease, supplying hospitals with transplantation tissue — all of these accomplishments can be linked to spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) and to important research that’s being carried out at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Federal budget supports USask’s VIDO with $59.2M

Today the Government of Canada announced $59.2 million to the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO). The funding supports the development of its vaccine candidates and the expansion of its research facilities, including a National Centre for Pandemic Research.

Uptick in Canada’s Lyme disease cases: why we should care

While human health workers are caring for people infected with the novel coronavirus, veterinary researchers are helping to protect the public from illnesses spread by another health threat: ticks.

The point of no infection

A team of University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) and the College of Medicine are striving to find a reliable method for verifying when a horse with septic arthritis no longer has a joint infection — and no longer needs treatment.

Hormone baseline for horses in the West

How do levels of insulin and other hormones in western Canadian horses compare to hormone levels measured in horses living in other parts of Canada and around the world?

Saskatoon COVID-19 wastewater testing results now online

Saskatoon residents now have access to the results of wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19 — thanks to a partnership between University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers, the City of Saskatoon and the Saskatchewan Health Authority. 

New therapy helps horses breathe easier

Canadians have access to the first licensed and approved inhalation therapy specifically developed to help horses with severe equine asthma without causing unwanted side effects.

WeCAHN final piece of Canada's regional animal health surveillance network

A new initiative in Western Canada is the final piece in a national framework of regional animal health surveillance programs

Studying e-cigarettes' risk to reproductive health

E-cigarette companies spent more than $9 billion in marketing last year to promote their product as a healthy alternative to conventional cigarettes for smokers, but University of Saskatchewan (USask) scientist Dr. Ali Honaramooz (DVM, PhD) is not convinced.

Education key to vaccine acceleration

As someone who has dedicated his professional life to fighting life-threatening diseases, Dr. Volker Gerdts (DVM, PhD) knows the biggest impediment to getting back to normal are those who are hesitant or refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Boosting beef production through better biology approaches

A multi-agency research team led by University of Saskatchewan (USask) veterinary reproductive biologist Dr. Gregg Adams (DVM, PhD) aims to make rapid strides in improving the productivity, efficiency and sustainability of Canada’s $18-billion beef sector by integrating advances from the field of omics into livestock production.

Cardiac cases linked to caterpillars

A report recently published in Canadian Veterinary Journal tells the story of how a team of veterinarians at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) linked cases of an uncommon cardiac disease in horses with a caterpillar infestation in Saskatchewan.

Communicating in an animal's world

Animals have many ways to communicate with humans, but it’s not always easy to understand what they are trying to say.

USask researchers join COVID Variant Rapid-Response Network

University of Saskatchewan (USask) and University of Regina (U of R) researchers are joining forces with scientists across the nation to undertake surveillance, sequencing, tracing and research-driven action on the COVID-19 virus variants that have been identified in Canada.

Study reveals bacteria on eye's surface not all the same

A pioneering study led by University of Saskatchewan (USask) veterinary ophthalmologist Dr. Marina Leis (DVM, DACVO) shows that bacterial communities vary on different parts of the eye surface — a finding that significantly alters understanding of the mechanisms of eye disease and can lead to developing new treatments.

Horse Health Lines (Spring 2021) online

The Spring 2021 issue of Horse Health Lines, news publication for the WCVM’s Townsend Equine Health Research Fund, is now online.

Can delivery mode affect babies’ early gut microbiome?

A team of University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers is studying how the mode of delivery influences a baby’s early gut microbiome — the huge community of bacteria and fungi that lives inside our gastrointestinal tracts.

Can corn help to extend winter grazing?

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan are exploring new ways to extend the winter grazing season for cattle by using what’s left after farmers harvest corn.

Decision tool will help protect beef herds from Johne’s disease

With the help of a new risk assessment tool, researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) may be able to help beef cattle producers slow down the spread of Johne’s disease among their herds.

USask awarded $6.76M to conserve bison, boost cattle production

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) has received $6.76 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to help conserve bison and other threatened animal species and to address challenges facing the beef cattle industry—including antimicrobial resistance.

Province commits funds for VIDO's 'Centre for Pandemic Research'

The Government of Saskatchewan has committed $15 million to support the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization’s (VIDO) position as a Centre for Pandemic Research.

Science at the farmgate

Beef and forage scientists connected with farmers and ranchers via a virtual platform this week to increase their understanding of how to improve the beef and forage industries using scientific discovery and innovation.

Global Nexus and VIDO combat COVID–19

Two Canadian powerhouses in infectious disease research have joined forces in the fight against COVID–19, leading the country's response and preparedness for future pandemics.

Habitat loss creates stress for honey bees

While society is coping with the stress related to a pandemic, honey bees and other pollinators are going through another problem — the stress associated with habitat loss.

USask to monitor wastewater at First Nations communities

A $137,392 grant from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is helping University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers conduct a six-month COVID-19 wastewater surveillance project in Saskatoon and at five Saskatchewan First Nations communities.

Wildlife health at the top of the world

For two decades, veterinary scientist, Dr. Emily Jenkins has been studying parasites and vector-borne diseases that cause illness in animals and people — and much of that work has been done in Canada’s North.

VIDO's COVAC-2 begins clinical trials at CCfV

The first volunteers have been selected for a vaccine trial of COVAC-2, a COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Vaccine and infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

Agriculture Development Fund supports WCVM and PDS research

Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) and Prairie Diagnostic Services (PDS) have received nearly $1.4 million in financial support from Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) for livestock-focused research projects.

Research aims to improve accuracy of rapid diagnostic tools

Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is a disease in cattle that accounts for 40 to 75 per cent of animal deaths in some beef cattle feedlots. While there are many causes of BRD, it’s often associated with infection by the bacterium Mannheimia haemolytica (M. haemolytica).  

New high-tech lab opens in support of agriculture

Following a successful year of building, prototyping and delivering services to select customers and partners, the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has launched the Omics and Precision Agriculture Laboratory (OPAL).

Study credits herd immunity for stopping avian cholera among sea ducks

New research published in Scientific Reports shows that herd immunity was instrumental in stopping avian cholera from infecting and destroying a population of Arctic-nesting sea ducks in Canada’s North.

Collaboration key in USask oncology research

A career in research and academia wasn’t what Dr. Monique Mayer (DVM) envisioned for herself when she graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in 1995.

New course tracks history of infectious disease and vaccines

As people around the world wait to receive one of several COVID-19 vaccines developed to help end the coronavirus pandemic, a timely new University of Saskatchewan (USask) course will explore interdisciplinary perspectives on infectious diseases and inoculation.

USask researchers put forages to the test in intensive grazing trial

A University of Saskatchewan graduate student is combining her love of cattle and her keen interest in forages as she seeks to answer questions many producers are asking about new forage varieties.

VIDO-InterVac's COVID-19 vaccine heads to human clinical trial phase

The Vaccine and infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan has received a notice of authorization from Health Canada to initiate a Phase 1 clinical vaccine trial.

USask team developing COVID-19 wildlife test

As the world continues to search for answers to COVID-19, University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers are focused on tracking the virus in wildlife.

VIDO-InterVac on track to become ‘Canada’s centre for pandemic research’

A major takeaway from the COVID-19 pandemic is that emerging diseases require rapid responses and Canada needs to be better prepared to respond to the next one, says University of Saskatchewan research centre leader Dr. Volker Gerdts (DVM).

Growing research income puts USask in first place

In the just-published Canada's Top 50 Research Universities 2020 rankings, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is ranked first among the country’s medical universities for growth in total research income—an almost 40-per-cent gain in all external research grants and contracts

Animals may hold key to understanding proteins involved in COVID-19 infection

What makes the elderly and people with underlying health conditions more vulnerable to COVID-19?

New USask research helps rescue threatened bison

Fast like the wind, baby bison Skeeter happily runs to his mum across the pastures of USask's Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE).

USask partners on made-in-Saskatchewan ventilator project

One hundred made-in-Saskatchewan ventilators will soon be available to support the needs of provincial residents, thanks to an innovative collaboration among the University of Saskatchewan (USask), the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and RMD Engineering Inc.  

WCVM student receives bee health research scholarship

Project Apis m., an international bee research organization, has awarded a $10,000 scholarship to Dr. Michael Zabrodski (DVM) of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) for his work in bee health research.

Wastewater surveillance indicates COVID-19 case increase

Data collected by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) wastewater surveillance team shows Saskatoon’s COVID-19 case numbers are likely to increase exponentially in the next seven days.

USask team tests new triticale variety as potential silage

Cattle producers looking for silage to rotate with barley may want to consider a newer variety of triticale, according to research conducted at the University of Saskatchewan.

WCVM scientists gain funding for livestock projects

Two research teams involving veterinary scientists at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have received more than $1.1 million to improve antimicrobial use practices in the beef cattle industry and to enhance animal feed processing.

New CT scanner gives window on coronavirus

New imaging equipment to help understand COVID-19 infection will soon be coming to the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), thanks to a Canada Foundation for Innovation grant announced today.

A man's best friend

We all know someone with a beloved family dog, right? The four-legged furry friend that’s treated as good as any member of the family. We also know the heartache felt when it’s time to make the difficult decision to humanely euthanize a pet.

Honey bee health: a backyard perspective

When I look out my kitchen window, I see a peaceful scene with two honey bee colonies buzzing next to my vegetable garden.

SARS-CoV-2 virus levels in wastewater point to increase in cases

A team of University of Saskatchewan scientists have developed a new tool to detect levels of SARS-CoV-2 virus in municipal wastewater.

Stem cell research tackles pre-teen male infertility

New stem cell research—led by Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) scientists—may help endangered animals reproduce, and it may also be key to curing infertility in boys that is sometimes caused by cancer treatments.

Bruce Coulman selected as LFCE's interim director

Renowned University of Saskatchewan (USask) forage breeder Bruce Coulman has been selected to lead the university’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) as interim director, effective Oct. 19.

WCVM graduates part of USask Fall Convocation

A group of graduate students from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) will be part of the University of Saskatchewan's Fall Convocation celebrations in November 2020.

VIDO-InterVac to test antiviral compounds against COVID-19

The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has been awarded a grant of almost $830,000 from the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator to determine the effectiveness of several antiviral compounds against COVID-19.

WCVM team researching hormones for better health

A high school biology class sparked a lifelong passion for University of Saskatchewan (USask) scientist Dr. Suraj Unniappan (PhD).

The art of veterinary medicine

There is an art to deciphering the meaning behind the dots, squiggles and blobs of a magnified urine or blood sample, and it is a skill that can not only be a struggle to learn, but to teach.

Polar disease research merits award

Insects are a great resource in learning how climate change affects diseases that are transmitted in the Arctic, which is warming at two to three times faster than other parts of the world.

In vitro fertilization successful with baby bison

It’s a rare privilege to welcome newborn bison calves into the world. It’s even more rare when those calves are the fruit of your labour.

Innovation Saskatchewan awards $1M to USask research

Dr. Michael Wu of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is among a handful of University of Saskatchewan researchers who received new funding support from Innovation Saskatchewan’s Innovation and Science Fund (ISF).

Veterinary scientist selected as university's new VP research

Following an extensive national and international search, veterinary researcher Dr. Baljit Singh will join University of Saskatchewan (USask) President Peter Stoicheff’s leadership team as vice-president research, effective February 1, 2021.

Cancer therapies connect dogs and people

Dogs may hold the key to uncovering novel cancer therapy targets and treatments that will benefit domestic animals and their owners, as well as human cancer patients.

Timing is everything, but when is the time right?

What if there was a reliable way of knowing whether a pregnant woman’s contractions mean “Go home and relax,” or “The baby is on its way”?

Putting shock wave therapy to the test

Dr. Angela MacKay’s passion is solving equine lameness.

Federal dollars for WCVM-based research and training

Two of Canada’s top research granting agencies have provided funding to support the research efforts of faculty members and graduate students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Velez broadens research through postdoctoral fellowship

University of Saskatchewan researcher Dr. Emilio Velez has received a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Teaming up for COVID-19 challenge

Infectious disease experts from across Canada are teaming up to advance research and development against COVID-19.

Top award for Takada

Dr. Kanae Takada, a small animal internal medicine resident and graduate student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), is the first recipient of the Dr. Michael Powell Award of Excellence.

Guarding animal health on the Prairies

Dr. Yanyun Huang has ambitious goals for Prairie Diagnostic Services (PDS).

Province's health fund supports WCVM herpes virus research

Dr. Kristen Conn, a virologist at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), has received $120,000 from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) in support of her work targeting a herpes virus protein for new antiviral drugs.

Detecting bird flu before it's ready to take off

What did you eat for breakfast this morning? What about for lunch and dinner? Chances are you ate eggs or chicken for at least one of those meals. In Canada, poultry products are the most commonly consumed animal protein source; the average Canadian eats 242 eggs and 79 pounds of chicken each year.

Burglar bees help spread of honey bee infection

It may sound like a tall tale, but burglar honey bees raiding nearby hives is contributing to the spread of a disease called American foulbrood (AFB) in Saskatchewan.

Fish give clues about oil contamination

“Why do you ultrasound fish?” That question often came up while I conducted research at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) during the summer of 2019.

Scientists search for ‘pregnancy dipstick’ to predict labour

WCVM researchers are working to develop a test that could help give expectant mothers and their physicians more notice of an impending delivery.

WCVM research targets deadly PRRS virus

Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have been making headway in their investigation of a disease that has a huge economic impact on swine producers worldwide.

Promising pre-clinical results for COVID-19 vaccine

A COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) has cleared another major milestone in moving towards human clinical trials: the novel vaccine has proven highly effective in ferrets, one of the commonly used animal models for COVID-19.

Study focuses on ‘incredibly wormy’ Sable Island horses

As you breathe in the crisp ocean air and follow hoofprints down the sandy beaches of Sable Island, you can see a band of the island’s iconic horses grazing in the distance.

Communication breakdown results in early pregnancy loss

Even before birth, extensive communication occurs between an infant mammal and its mother — not through speech or body language, but through chemical interaction inside the uterus.

VIDO-InterVac making progress on vaccine

There are some promising early signs as researchers at the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) develop a vaccine for COVID-19.

'Super immunity' may explain how bats carry coronaviruses

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team has uncovered how bats can carry the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus without getting sick — research that could shed light on how coronaviruses make the jump to humans and other animals.

Sask. Health and USask scientists launch online tick surveillance program

The arrival of spring brings warmer weather and longer days, but also increased risk of tick bites for humans and animals.

VIDO-InterVac awarded $23M for COVID-19 vaccine research

The Government of Canada has awarded $23 million to the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) so the facility can fast-track its efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

European foulbrood 'disease of opportunity'

Although pesticides are important for increasing crop production, they may be interfering with the immunity of an important animal pollinator — the honey bee.

Mapping metals in feathers

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have mapped metals in bird feathers, a technique that could help make environmental monitoring less destructive.

Bats’ immune systems key to understanding global epidemic diseases

Why is it that bats don’t get sick when infected with viruses that can be deadly in humans?

Reversing the irreversible: a second chance with fertility

Veterinary researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) have recently unveiled a new field of study that’s focused on reversing and safeguarding against the loss of fertility in young males.

WCVM students among USask Images of Research winners

Organized by USask Research Profile and Impact, the sixth annual edition of the University of Saskatchewan (USask) Images of Research Photo and Imaging Competition highlighted beautiful images — including several taken by members of the WCVM community.

Time is of the essence

USask alumnus Dr. Arinjay Banerjee, who completed his PhD degree in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Veterinary Microbiology, works to understand human immunology amid crisis

USask drinking water study shows beef cattle can tolerate high levels of sulphates

Scientists at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) have published a study that shows beef cattle can tolerate higher concentrations of sulphates in drinking water than previously believed.

Grad students compete in virtual poster competition

In the middle of a global pandemic, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) found a virtual way to celebrate the research work of its graduate students.

Canada backs VIDO-InterVac's COVID-19 research

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to rapidly evolve, the federal government is announcing $23.3 million in total support for the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac), one of the largest and most advanced infectious disease research facilities in the world.

VIDO-InterVac team tackles coronavirus

As the world deals with the new pandemic, coronavirus has become the No.1 priority for researchers at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

Building a better influenza vaccine for pigs

When people contract influenza A virus — commonly known as “the flu” — the symptoms start within 24 hours and peak by 48 hours of infection. People have a few days of sickness that can include fever, runny nose, eye inflammation, loss of appetite and a lack of energy as well as coughing that can last two weeks.

VIDO-InterVac-led team receives almost $1M for coronavirus research

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team and collaborating scientists from across the country have been awarded almost $1 million over two years to develop animal models and test vaccine candidates for effectiveness and safety against the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).