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Easing the grief through memorial tributes

When Jim Dobie lost his golden retriever Angus to cancer in 1996, he was surprised and touched to learn that his veterinarian, Dr. Lloyd Abbey (WCVM ’77) of Edmonton, Alta., had made a memorial donation to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) on his behalf. “I certainly never expected that and didn’t even know such …

May 18th, 2012 Full story »

Kate Winsit

Vetset Kate Winsit . . . wins it!

For Alberta veterinarian Dr. Elly Holowaychuk, it was a complete surprise to hear that her “little Canuck” — Vetset Kate Winsit — had won Best of Variety: Poodle (Standard) at this year’s prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City’s Madison Square Gardens. “I never thought that would happen to me. It’s a bit like the Academy Awards …

April 04th, 2012 Full story »

Clinics deliver animal health services

It was a conversation with Saskatchewan’s former Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Linda Haverstock, that prompted Dr. Lesley Sawa to organize the first Team North spay/neuter clinic in 2005. “We were talking about the dog problem in the North, and she kind of challenged me by asking why Saskatchewan veterinarians weren’t doing anything about it. That got me thinking about what we …

December 04th, 2011 Full story »

CT calf study

CT unit delivers diagnostic clarity

Medical imaging specialist Dr. Tawni Silver can’t hide her enthusiasm when she describes the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s new CT (computed tomography) unit. In the world of veterinary medical imaging, this machine is like the Cadillac of CT scanners with the ability to simultaneously acquire 16 three-dimensional “slices” or high-resolution images of an animal during each 0.5-second revolution. “With …

October 11th, 2011 Full story »

WCVM specialist brings cancer expertise

Veterinary medical oncologist Dr. Valerie MacDonald is providing cutting-edge cancer therapy to pets at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine on the University of Saskatchewan campus. MacDonald, a veterinarian who has expertise in veterinary medical oncology, joined the college’s faculty in October 2006. This fall, the specialist established a clinical service in veterinary medical oncology at WCVM’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. …

October 22nd, 2007 Full story »

Police dog participates in WCVM research

Utah has helped to track and capture hundreds of criminals during his career with the Winnipeg City Police. Now, the Belgian Malinois is performing another public service by taking part in research at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and helping other dogs that are diagnosed with degenerative lumbosacral stenosis (DLSS). DLSS is a degenerative condition in large breed dogs …

December 01st, 2006 Full story »

WCVM receives $1.07-million gift

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan has received $1.07 million for its equine and companion animal health programs and a fund raising incentive from Heather Ryan and L. David Dubé through their charitable foundation. At the donors’ request, WCVM will direct $750,000 of the $1.07-million gift over the next five years to support major, …

October 19th, 2006 Full story »

Dr. Cindy Shmon receives CVMA award

Dr. Cindy Shmon, a small animal surgical specialist in WCVM’s Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, is the recipient of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Small Animal Practitioner Award for 2006. The award was presented in July during CVMA’s annual conference in St. John’s, Nfld. Shmon, a 1984 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, joined the college’s faculty …

October 12th, 2006 Full story »