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Vet Topics (Winter 2018) now online

January 26th, 2018

The Winter 2018 issue of Vet Topics is now available online. Click here to download a PDF version of the issue that includes the following stories: Rapid radiation: RapidArc is state-of-the-art radiation technology that is transforming cancer treatment for pets at the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre. Radiation therapy buys time for beloved pet: Scott Vosper brought his Siberian husky Koda to the WCVM …

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Dr. Lesley Zwicker

Teamwork important for WCVM radiologist

Perseverance and dedication have led Dr. Lesley Zwicker to her role as the newest board-certified radiologist at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Zwicker has faced a long journey to get to this point – earning diplomate certification by the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) is a three-year process, which requires intensive studying and testing to meet the …

December 07th, 2017 Full story »

Vet Topics (Summer 2017)

The Summer 2017 issue of Vet Topics is now available online. Click here to download a PDF version of the issue that includes the following stories: Sookie’s second chance: Sookie’s leg had to be amputated after it was caught in a snare trap. With the help of her owners and the WCVM’s surgery and rehabilitation teams, she was successfully fit for a prosthetic limb. …

July 12th, 2017 Full story »

CAHF funds support AMR research

Funding received from the Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) has become a cornerstone of support for Dr. Joe Rubin’s research into antimicrobial resistance. This research area has broad implications for both human and animal health. The rise of antimicrobial resistance – in which commonly-used drugs to treat bacterial infections no longer work – is influencing the way veterinarians and human …

July 06th, 2017 Full story »

Prosthetic leg gives Sookie a second chance

During the week before Christmas in December 2016, Shannon Hamilton and John Kunard’s dog Sookie went missing from their acreage near Shellbrook, Sask. Things didn’t look good for the two-year-old Great Pyrenees, especially when temperatures dipped below -30 degrees Celsius. The couple began checking with neighbours to see if anyone had found Sookie’s body. Then, on Christmas Eve, Hamilton and …

July 06th, 2017 Full story »

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What causes 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. I’m losing count of how many times I’ve read this same list of clinical signs in a canine patient’s file as I search through electronic medical records at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). My research supervisor, …

April 18th, 2017 Full story »


Vet Topics (Winter 2017)

The Winter 2017 issue of Vet Topics is now available online. Click here to download a PDF version of this issue that includes the following stories: Pouncing on a protein: WCVM researchers are conducting research that may someday lead to a better treatment for inflammatory liver disease (ILD), a chronic condition in many cats. CAHF research fellows: A brief update on the fund’s …

January 07th, 2017 Full story »

Ferret adrenal disease demystified

Adrenal disease causes ferrets to lose all of their fur, but despite their alarming appearance, these bald pets aren’t in any pain as long as their condition is properly managed. According to a 2003 study, 70 per cent of ferrets in the United States were affected by adrenal disease —which often is fatal if left untreated. “It is one of …

July 28th, 2016 Full story »

Rabbit dental health ever-growing concern

Laura Driver knew something was wrong with her lionhead rabbit Twix, but what she didn’t know was that her pet was critically ill from a dental problem. “I noticed late one Saturday evening [that] Twix was hunched over, ears flat, drooling and wouldn’t eat. [She] wasn’t even interested in banana, the absolute favourite treat,” says Driver. Driver recognized the signs …

May 17th, 2016 Full story »

Animal nutrition expert joins WCVM

Tammy Owens jokes that she has almost enough cats at home – seven – to run a valid feeding study, something entirely appropriate for someone who specializes in animal nutrition at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Owens joined the U of S faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences in January, recruited …

May 13th, 2016 Full story »