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Sophie’s pet projects

July 06th, 2017

When Sophie Katarynych was growing up during the 1930s, her parents didn’t have a lot of money, but they were always willing to lend a hand to other people. Katarynych has lived her life following their example. Over the years Katarynych had plenty of opportunities to help people through her nursing and flight attendant careers, but she also resolved to …

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Veterinary surgery life-long calling

Like many veterinarians, Dr. Koji Aoki always knew what career path he wanted to follow. However, unlike most other vets, he had two very important mentors throughout his entire life – his mother and father, who are both veterinarians in Fukuoka, Japan. He grew up surrounded by pets – up to six Chihuahuas at a time – and Aoki’s older …

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Award assists feline-focused student

Most people travel to tropical islands for some relaxation — but Michelle Lange is not like most people. While vacationing on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten in 2005, Lange noticed an overpopulation of stray and feral cats and dogs. She connected with local rescue groups to help out, and after that, Lange was hooked. For the next five years, she …

November 05th, 2015 Full story »

Canine care on campus

Since 2013, you’ve likely seen one or more therapy dogs on campus, bringing puppy peace to stressed students during exam season. One of the handlers, Colleen Dell, professor in the Department of Sociology and School of Public Health, and Research Chair in Substance Abuse, looks at the use of pet therapy and its effect on patient recovery and mental health. …

October 08th, 2015 Full story »

Fund helps to relieve therapy cat’s pain

Since Clijsters and her feline partner Stosur have come to live at Mark and Karlinda Weiderick’s home near Outlook, Sask., the two young cats have transformed the life of the couple’s nine-year-old son Peyton. They’re not just family pets: they’re therapy cats for Peyton who has been diagnosed with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and a sensory disorder. That’s why …

May 13th, 2015 Full story »

Joey visits with Dr. Vivian Fan (left) and his owner Linda Jensen. Photo: Christina Weese.

How Joey got his bounce back

Linda Jensen knew it was bad news when her veterinarian called her on a Sunday night. Dr. Bernard Chapuis, a practitioner in Jensen’s home town of Prince Albert, Sask., had recently removed a lump behind the left front leg of Jensen’s Airedale terrier Joey. “The pathologist at the university [Western College of Veterinary Medicine] had sent back the results and …

January 10th, 2015 Full story »

Dr. Wendy McClelland (WCVM '02), founder and co-owner of Vets To Go. Submitted photo.

Focus on quality care, balance breeds success

Since I was eight years old, surrounded by barn cats, being a vet was all I wanted to be.” Making the 2014 W100 ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs—a list put together by the editors of PROFIT and Chatelaine magazines— illustrates that Dr. Wendy McClelland, founder and co-owner of Vets To Go, made a wise career choice. To make that …

December 12th, 2014 Full story »

Pets bond Gibbs’ work and life

Dr. Brian Gibbs’ decision to become a veterinarian was greatly influenced by one person: his grandmother. “She was probably the last person in Saskatoon to raise chickens and sell eggs,” says Gibbs. “And when I was a kid, I used to catch the city bus over to her place on Friday nights and spend the weekend helping her. I’d look …

August 18th, 2014 Full story »

Dr. Sarah Boston and her dog Rumble. Photo: Krystle Radlinski, Verve Photography.

WCVM grad’s book recounts cancer battle

Dr. Sarah Boston, a graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), returned to her former hometown of Saskatoon and her alma mater to talk about her new book — Lucky Dog: How Being a Veterinarian Saved My Life. Saskatoon’s McNally Robinson Bookstore hosted Boston’s public book reading and signing on June 26. Boston also gave a talk at the …

June 23rd, 2014 Full story »

RCMP officers donated to the WCVM's Good Samaritan Fund in memory of Rev, an RCMP police service dog. Photo courtesy of Cpl. Andy Brown.

Comrades honour RCMP police service dog

“Rev” was an RCMP police service dog that spent most of his life protecting and helping people in Western Canada. The dedicated, hard-working German shepherd was close to retirement when tragedy struck last spring: Rev was involved in a car accident near Saskatoon, Sask., and died of his injuries on June 14, 2013. “It was a bad car accident that …

December 22nd, 2013 Full story »