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Beef the “loyal lifesaver”

If Beef was a human being, he’d likely be getting a letter of recognition from Canadian Blood Services. Instead, his contributions are rewarded mostly by treats and affection from the staff at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC). For years Beef – a friendly, mixed-breed dog of what’s likely maremma and golden retriever origins – …

March 22nd, 2016 Full story »

Intensive care gives Angus a new life

It was an early morning in August when Tyrone Kennedy-Bush of Kindersley, Sask., let his three dogs out for the day. “We let the dogs out to go play, like we always do – we live on a big acreage,” explains Kennedy-Bush. “Someone came into our yard to turn around  … and I guess they ran my dog over.” He …

March 07th, 2016 Full story »

Pouncing on a protein

Dr. Ahmad Al-Dissi hopes his research will someday lead to a better treatment for inflammatory liver disease (ILD), a chronic and painful condition in many cats whose cause still remains a mystery for veterinarians. “There are a lot of cases of cats with liver disease. The cause of ILD is largely unknown and there are few things we can do …

January 26th, 2016 Full story »

WCVM assists animal rescue efforts

When a growing number of wildfires forced thousands of people in La Ronge and other northern Saskatchewan communities to evacuate in early July, they had to leave behind their pets. The thought of those stranded animals and their owners’ anxiety motivated many people and organizations from across the province to respond — including the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). …

July 17th, 2015 Full story »

Brain tumour study depends on dogs

A University of Saskatchewan cancer research study gives new meaning to dogs being “man’s best friend.” The collaborative study, which involves researchers from Saskatchewan, B.C. and Colorado, is investigating the effectiveness of mini beam radiation treatments (MBRT) for treating malignant brain tumours. This new method of radiation therapy has the potential to extend the survival time of dogs and eventually …

May 11th, 2015 Full story »

One of the digital storytelling videos explores the traditional role of dogs in First Nations culture.

Digital storytelling nurtures knowledge

What’s one thing that makes four videos about managing dog populations in the Battle River Treaty 6 area distinct? The fact that they actually exist, says Christina McKenzie, a co-creator of the videos and a second-year student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Before she began working on the video project, McKenzie’s research turned up very little information …

February 04th, 2015 Full story »

WCVM graduate student Jennifer Briens demonstrates an ultrasound exam on "Toffee." Photo: Derek Mortensen, Canadian Press Images.

CFI invests in pet health project

Two researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are among a group of University of Saskatchewan scientists who received funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). U of S researchers will share a total of $844,000 from the CFI for wide-ranging research. The four U of S projects were announced January 20 on the U of S campus by Ed Holder, …

January 27th, 2015 Full story »

Vet Topics: Winter 2015

The Winter 2015 issue of Vet Topics is now available online. Click here to download a PDF version of this issue that includes the following stories: CAHF funds pet health research teams at U of S: Scientists at the U of S have received $76,800 in research funding from the WCVM’s Companion Animal Health Fund. CAHF Supporters: Dr. Brain Gibbs (WCVM …

January 09th, 2015 Full story »

La Ronge's community centre was transformed into a temporary surgery area during the spay-neuter clinic in early September. Photos: Christina Weese.

Community clinics fulfil vital health role

Out on the hockey rink’s cement surface, a masked, blue-gowned veterinary student carefully unwraps a package of sterile surgery equipment. A veterinarian, also in surgical scrubs, gives her directions. Six identical tables are prepped and waiting for their feline and canine patients. Soon after, there’s a quiet flurry of activity as the weekend’s first wave of spay and neuter surgeries …

October 24th, 2014 Full story »

Going to the dogs for cancer models

A dog owner who shows up at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) with a pet that has lymphoma might be surprised to see a molecular geneticist and an internist from the College of Medicine on the team of specialists handling the case. Professor Troy Harkness from the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Dr. Terra Arnason, a …

October 13th, 2014 Full story »