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The animal side of critical care

January 15th, 2019

One early Monday morning last October, the clinical team at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) was preparing for rounds when an emergency patient was brought in to the hospital. “Granny,” a wirehaired pointing griffon-cross dog, was lethargic, her gums were pale and her heart rate was elevated. The hospital’s emergency and critical care team …

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Troy Harkness, professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

Dogs good models for cancer research

Researchers in the College of Medicine are spending time at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), keeping an eye on dogs with cancer in an effort to improve the effectiveness of cancer treatment in humans. “Dogs and humans get the same cancers,” said Troy Harkness, a molecular geneticist and professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology in …

April 17th, 2014 Full story »

Dr. Duncan Hockley

WCVM alumnus returns as VMC director

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) has selected Dr. Duncan Hockley, a veterinarian and University of Saskatchewan alumnus, as the new director of its Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) on the university’s Saskatoon campus. Hockley, who is originally from Saskatchewan and a 1992 graduate of the WCVM’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program, is returning to his alma mater with a …

March 20th, 2013 Full story »

Beagles eating

Bye-bye beagles

Lynn Weber sent out a simple email in mid-November asking if anyone was interested in adopting a beagle. What she was unprepared for was the overwhelming response. “It went viral,” said the associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences. “I started getting emails from Alberta, Ontario, everywhere. Let’s just say that I had so many phone calls and …

December 10th, 2012 Full story »

Dr. Susan Mehain

U of S students earn kudos for research

Seven University of Saskatchewan students earned recognition for their summer research efforts during the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s 2012 Undergraduate Research Student Poster Days on September 4 and 5. The annual event showcases the research projects conducted by the veterinary college’s summer research students during their four-month work experiences. This summer, nearly two dozen students worked alongside their faculty …

September 19th, 2012 Full story »