Is temperament linked to stress in beef cattle?

Understanding how cattle behaviour relates to productivity, immune status and welfare is a key research focus for Dr. Diego Moya, beef cattle ethologist at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Stressed bats can increase spread of deadly viruses

Bats are responding to stress from such things as habitat destruction, lack of nutrition and infections by increasing the production and shedding of viruses that cause serious and often fatal diseases in humans and other animals.

U of S Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence celebrates grand opening

On Oct. 9, the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and its partners launched the $38-million Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE), a world-class complex of field and science laboratories that will be a powerhouse for innovative research, teaching and industry engagement in all aspects of livestock and forage production.

Lifesaving support

When a person breaks a leg, it’s highly unlikely that this injury would lead to death. But when a horse injures its leg, the all-too-common outcome is euthanasia.

U of S researchers awarded $8M to tackle social, climate issues

University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researchers have been awarded more than $8 million for projects ranging from designing videogames that promote social bonding to safeguarding Indigenous people from the northward spread of a nasty parasite, to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the cattle industry.

U of S appoints new director for its Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has appointed Kris Ringwall as the new director of its Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE), a powerhouse for innovative research, teaching and industry engagement in all aspects of livestock and forage production.

How a new vaccine could save cattle herds – and livelihoods

For 10,000 years, the bacterium Mycoplasma mycoides has infected goats, cows and other livestock, annihilating entire herds in days.

What makes sulfa drugs tick?

Sulfa-based drugs – anyone with a penicillin allergy and an ear infection can testify that these antibiotics are still important today. Dating back to the 1930s, these drugs are some of the first antibiotics used to combat infections — especially urinary tract infections — in both human and veterinary medicine.

Ferrari earns spot in Royal Society of Canada college

University of Saskatchewan veterinary biomedical scientist Dr. Maud Ferrari has earned a spot in the prestigious Royal Society of Canada’s (RSC) College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, which celebrates research excellence at an early career stage.

Saliva test could lead to better parasite control

Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are looking for a more accurate way to detect internal parasites in beef cattle by looking at the animals’ saliva.

New CT scanner creates more slices of life

Drs. Lesley Zwicker and Sally Sukut can’t hide their enthusiasm for the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s new computed tomography (CT) scanner that’s pushing the boundaries of veterinary medical imaging.

Toe tip necrosis painful problem among feedlot cattle

Toe tip necrosis syndrome (TTNS), a painful disease that mainly affects the hind feet of cattle, was once thought to be a rare occurrence in North American feedlots.

Vet Topics (Summer 2018) now online

The Summer 2018 issue of Vet Topics — news publication for the WCVM Companion Animal Health Fund — is now available online.

U of S student receives prestigious international award

A University of Saskatchewan PhD student in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine is one of five recipients worldwide of the inaugural BioOne Ambassador Award announced today.

Puzzling disease devastates B.C. rabbits

Veterinarians and rabbit owners in British Columbia are on alert for a devastating viral disease that has caused the death of hundreds of rabbits in the province this past spring.

Study shows signs of Cache Valley virus in Saskatchewan

A recent baseline study at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) indicates a high prevalence of antibodies against Cache Valley virus (CVV) in Saskatchewan sheep as well as in other domestic and wild animals living in the province.

WCVM scientists gain support for biomedical research studies

A recent funding announcement by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) includes nearly $540,000 in financial support for four research projects that will be conducted by researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Little things in life make researcher’s day

Microbiologist Moses Ikechukwu’s enthusiasm for his research work is infectious — spending even 20 minutes with him can put anyone in a good mood. His passion for learning was passed down to him from his parents who sacrificed a great deal for their son’s education in Nigeria.

U of S research team aims to develop salmonella vaccine

With 94 million cases of gastroenteritis — “stomach bug” — every year worldwide, protecting against salmonella is more relevant than ever.

Low oxygen therapy has high potential for spinal cord patients

Expose patient to low oxygen levels intermittently for short time periods. Combine with rehabilitative training. Repeat. They’re simple instructions for treating people and animals with spinal cord injuries, but the results have proven to be breathtaking.

WCVM clinician-scientist earns global prize for eye-catching research

A Western College of Veterinary Medicine scientist and her team’s groundbreaking research earned international attention at the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ECVO) Congress in May 2018.

Raw meat study connects dental and veterinary worlds

Second-year dentistry students Jessa Drury, Lisa Bachiu and Susanne Skulski were sitting in their endodontics class when they came up with the idea of how they could connect their schooling at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Dentistry with veterinary medicine.

Toxic leftovers from Giant Mine found in snowshoe hares

Even though it was closed decades ago, the Giant Mine on the outskirts of Yellowknife has left a long environmental legacy.

Innovation in horse rehabilitation

Samantha Steinke was born to ride. In fact, the University of Saskatchewan student essentially rode her first horse before she was even born.

U of S prof receives prominent international animal science award

On June 4, University of Saskatchewan professor H.A. (Bart) Lardner received the Extension Award from the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS).

U of S researchers named to Arctic groups

With renewed global interest in Arctic resource extraction opportunities, transportation and tourism, tackling issues such as climate change, sustainable development and social and health impacts on Indigenous residents is becoming important for Arctic nations.

Surgical solution for PPID?

A Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) researcher is working to develop a surgical technique that could, one day, provide a long-lasting fix for pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) in horses.

WCVM images earn coveted spots on journals’ covers

Microscopic images taken by two Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) students have earned the coveted cover spots on two different scientific journals.

WCVM scientists develop vaccine for lethal poultry virus

Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have developed a vaccine that can prevent inclusion body hepatitis (IBH), a particularly lethal virus that affects the poultry industry by causing sudden death to young broilers — chickens that are bred and raised for meat production.

WCVM graduate student’s agar art among finalists

Dongyun Jung, a graduate student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), has had his bacterial artwork selected as a finalist in the Agar Art 2018 competition.

WCVM students excel at annual U of S research expo

The University of Saskatchewan’s annual Life and Health Sciences Research Expo was held on May 3, with many of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) students clinching top honours in the event’s categories.

Playtime for piglets

It’s playtime for piglets at the Prairie Swine Centre (PSC), where Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) researcher Dr. Yolande Seddon hopes to find out whether piglets that play are better able to cope with life’s stresses.

Studies aim to detect endometriosis at early stages

What do dogs, pigs, and sheep have to do with endometriosis in humans? Dr. Emy Varughese, 30, is a small animal veterinarian at Banfield Pet Hospital in Springfield, Ohio, and, after being diagnosed with endometriosis, she's on a mission to find out.

Record number of entries for graduate student poster day

Graduate students entered a record number of 45 research posters in the annual Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Graduate Student Poster Competition that took place on April 4.

Do female pigs want to get fit or full?

Do stall-housed sows want to exercise? Or are they happy staying put and eating more? That’s one question swine ethologist Dr. Yolande Seddon and a team of researchers are working to answer.

CFI funds high-tech tools at U of S for cancer, water and food security research

Five researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) have been awarded a total of $625,000 by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for state-of-the-art equipment that advances leading-edge work in precision medicine, water research and swine welfare.

The fishy problem of underwater noise pollution

When the famous explorer Jacques Cousteau released The Silent World, a documentary of his underwater adventures in 1953, he inspired generations of scientists to study the world’s oceans.

WCVM student among U of S Images of Research winners

Research at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) is a community affair, as shown this year by the composition of winners in the fourth annual U of S Images of Research competition. 

U of S researcher awarded $2 million to study swine welfare

University of Saskatchewan researcher Yolande Seddon, working with 14 industry partners, has been awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in swine welfare worth nearly $2 million in total.

New U of S CIHR awards help improve health of Canadians

The University of Saskatchewan has been awarded six project grants totalling $4.45 million in the fall 2017 competition of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, nearly doubling its success rate to 15.4 per cent success from spring 2016.

Wolverine research in the North

In the past 40 years, research into wolverine parasites has been as elusive as the animals themselves. Fortunately, that situation is changing, and PhD candidate Rajnish Sharma is the latest researcher to turn his sights on parasites affecting these carnivorous mammals.

Visualizing psychiatric illness risk factors with X-rays

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) are zeroing in on a neurological protein that may be instrumental to the development of psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression.

Ducks’ feathers hold key to measuring impact of stress

Habitat loss, changes in weather, food scarcity, predator-versus-prey situations – each day wild animals are faced with these potential stressors. But what’s the cost?

Tapeworm potentially risky for pets and people

The beauty of nature: lush forests, chirping birds, babbling brooks and intestinal parasites.

U of S researchers awarded 12 SHRF grants

Neurologist Dr. Michael Levin, inaugural Chair in Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Research at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), is among 12 U of S researchers awarded Collaborative Innovation Development grants by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) for 2017-18.

Understanding bacteria’s “blueprint” could improve women’s health

The bacterial population or microbiome of the human vagina could provide answers to some important questions about women’s health, and researchers are exploring the genetic material within one specific type of bacteria in order to determine some of these answers.

Researchers use human medicine to further equine research

While unexpected results can lead to headaches and frustration for everyone involved, they proved to be a bonus for a team of researchers from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Bee health issues keep researchers busy

At the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) a group of veterinary pathologists have devoted their time and attention to the health of the honey bee and their colonies.

Scientist searches for best behaviour in bacteria

What do a colony of fungus-farming ants and a herd of milk-producing cows have in common? In Tony Ruzzini’s eyes, both have much to teach us about the behaviour of bacteria — and how it may be turned to good use.

The "protein illusion": nitrogen doping in pet food

Having trouble deciding on a new pet food for your furry family member? With the hundreds of pet food brands stocked on store shelves, choosing the most nutritious one can be a daunting task for any pet owner.

Angiostatin breathes new life into research targeting ARDS and cancer

It all began with the case of three kittens that were found in severe respiratory distress after a day spent in a laundry room with a home air purifier running.

Over $1.55 million pegged for livestock research

Faculty and other researchers based at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have received more than $1.55 million in funding for livestock-related research through Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).

Understanding X-rays can save dollars and lives

Dr. Jiaying Ng’s interest in the topic of gas in the abdomen began when she helped care for a canine patient that developed this potentially serious issue three weeks after surgery to remove a foreign body.

Sheep producers frustrated with resistant parasite population

Saskatchewan sheep producers are increasingly frustrated by signs that their deworming practices are no longer effective.

Scientists strive to revive Canada’s wood bison herds

Straddling the boundary between northern Alberta and the southernmost tip of the Northwest Territories lies Wood Buffalo National Park, the widest-reaching patch of federally-protected wilderness in all of Canada.

Mealworms may turn infected wheat into cash

Fusarium fungus contamination in wheat caused more than $1 billion in economic losses in Canada in 2016, affecting almost 80 per cent of Saskatchewan and Manitoba cereal crops and leaving farmers scratching their heads on how to dispose of tonnes of worthless wheat.

Moya targets better welfare, productivity balance for beef cattle

In early January, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) welcomed its new beef cattle ethologist — Dr. Diego Moya — to the college’s team of large animal specialists.

The world’s most expensive pig disease

For pig producers around the world, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) is one of the most economically devastating and dreaded diseases.

U of S student’s video tweet wins CFI contest

Arinjay Banerjee, a PhD candidate in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, has been chosen as a winner in the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) #IAmInnovation Twitter contest.

New treatment for pets’ cancer appeals to owners

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is now offering a new treatment option for pets with certain types of cancer.

Moving forward with sheep dewormer resistance

What will sheep farmers do when the dewormers they’ve been using for years are no longer working?

Leading health researchers honoured

World-renowned vaccine researcher Andrew Potter was among those recognized by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) for their outstanding contributions to creating a culture of innovation and health research in the province.

If your pet has this tapeworm, it could kill you

U of S researcher offers advice on how to reduce risks for humans and pets to get a potentially deadly tapeworm.

Isolated horses offer insight into virus

A horse stands on top of a sandy dune, his coat matted and eyelids lowered against the fierce wind. Ocean waves crash against the shoreline to his right, outlining the crescent-shaped wedge that is Sable Island, home to one of the last wild horse populations in Canada.

A&W advances the U of S global leadership in beef and forage research

A&W has made a substantial investment in the Canadian beef industry with a $5-million donation toward the University of Saskatchewan’s (U of S) Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE).

U of S research reveals controversial insecticides are toxic to songbirds

Research at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has linked the use of insecticides to serious health issues in songbirds.

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.

Reining in equine obesity

Imagine you’re a draft horse. The year is 1927 and you spend most of your time hooked up to a plow in the field, burning calories and muscle. You dine primarily on grain. It’s important to keep your energy up because you work hard every day and your family depends on you.

Gamble doubles down on campus collaboration

There’s collaboration, and then there’s collaboration on the scale that Dr. Jonathan Gamble and his team are working on.

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.

Research shines at student poster day

For two days each fall, the excitement and enthusiasm of the students who participate in the annual undergraduate research poster day can be heard throughout the second-floor hallways at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

WCVM research receives NSERC funds

U of S faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows were awarded $10.7 million by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for fundamental research projects.

Preserving genes - one package at a time

Using the mail to preserve genetic diversity may sound odd to most people, but then again, most people don't work at Canadian Animal Genetic Resources in Saskatoon.

White-crowned sparrows get the worms

A mass of white worms writhe in between the organs of the white-crowned sparrow that our team is dissecting this morning.

Discovering the equine small intestine

Until recently, the inside – or lumen— of a live horse's small intestine was beyond the reach of traditional imaging modalities and remained a mystery to veterinarians.

Digital access makes textbooks open to all

Dr. Marion Jackson scrolls through digital images of blood, fluids, and fine needle aspirates obtained from clinical cases seen at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Medical Centre and from private practices.

Advanced treatment for canine cancer

For a pet owner, the worst news in the world is hearing that your furry best friend has cancer.

New fish imaging mode could reduce harm

Because fish are a valuable tool for determining whether environmental contamination has occurred, scientists commonly use them for environmental assessments.

Bacterial vaginosis: more common than flu

If you heard about a condition that affects one million women every year and develops in one out of every three women, you'd assume it was well known and easily treated.

Can a breast cancer drug benefit cattle?

Can a drug that's proved useful for humans be of value to the beef and dairy cow industry?

Tracking dairy heifer parasites in Saskatchewan

Standing in the middle of a pasture and melting in the July heat, following a group of heifers around the field collecting manure samples – it's all part of Haley Scott's glamorous research job.

Keeping pigs busy could improve welfare

I have travelled halfway around the globe from my home in Ghana to look for ways to improve the management of sows here in Canada.

Sheep dewormer resistance growing problem

Internal parasites, commonly known as worms, are a growing problem in sheep flocks around the world.

Novel, notable: nesfatin-1

Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) researchers continue to explore the edge of the unknown, and the latest unknown of interest is a protein called nesfatin-1.

Can stem cells speed up wound healing?

Fences, trailers, ropes, farm equipment, sticks, other horses – the causes of traumatic wounds on horses creates a staggering list.

Seeking answers to sudden blindness in dogs

Sudden blindness. Eating more than normal. Increased thirst. Frequent urination. Doesn't want to go for walks anymore. History of recent weight gain.

WCVM graduate students showcase research

A record number of students entered the annual Graduate Student Research Poster Days this year, which took place March 8 and 9 at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

Early detection of EMS has big benefits

Weight-related health problems are a growing concern in the world of equine medicine just as they are in the world of human medicine.

Could computers be key to controlling AMR?

When I made the transition from computer engineering to the field of animal science, I never imagined that one day I might be using both professions toward the same cause.

PhD research probes bats’ disease immunity

Most people react to bats in their neighbourhood in the same way that they would if a mouse skittered across the kitchen floor—with anxiety, disgust, maybe even a short squeal of terror.

WCVM scientist measures oil spill toxicity

Oil is undoubtedly on the minds of many Canadians today — especially when they're confronted by the depressing news images of oil-soaked waterfowl and dead fish following an oil spill.

Tales from the tundra: research in Nunavut

On an island in the middle of Karrak Lake in northern Nunavut, there's a small field camp located 300 kilometres from the nearest civilization. It's a spectacular place where you can experience three seasons in two months and never see the sun set the entire time.

Studying “kitty-litter disease” in Arctic foxes

A cat parasite is mysteriously proliferating in a fox population of the Canadian Arctic where there is hardly a cat to be found.

Could brushes give clues to cattle health?

Could the grooming behaviours of dairy cows be used to tip off the farmer that a cow's not feeling well?

U of S research finds good news for caribou

A University of Saskatchewan (U of S) research team has found that the woodland caribou population in the Boreal Shield region of Saskatchewan has been slightly increasing over the past two years and currently exists at a high density for the species in Canada.

DuMonts double equine research dollars

Scientists' exciting progress toward solving two common equine health issues has inspired Pat and Mark DuMont to contribute another $300,000 toward equine research at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) over the next three years.