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June 20th, 2020

Veterinary surgeon Dr. Cindy Shmon hopes to help her students see grey in a world that isn’t just black and white. Shmon is the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) 2019-20 recipient of the Provost’s College Award for Outstanding Teaching. The University of Saskatchewan (USask) Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness presents this annual award to one professor from each college …

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Dr. Cindy Shmon

A homegrown success

Dr. Joe Rubin has made a mark with his research focusing on antimicrobial resistance. The CAHF funded most of his PhD research, which focused on establishing a baseline set of data to understand how common resistance is in Staphylococci bacteria in dogs, giving a better understanding of the emergence of resistance. He has continued to investigate antimicrobial resistance, including a …

June 01st, 2019 Full story »

Vital support for oncology research

In 1985 a group of WCVM clinicians formed the Clinical Oncology Group in response to the increased number of cancer diagnoses in companion animals. From the beginning of this work, researchers realized the value of collaboration with human cancer scientists. While research into many aspects of pet cancer continued at the WCVM over the next two decades, the college’s addition …

May 31st, 2019 Full story »

Dr. John Pharr with his two Australian shepherds, Booster (left) and Brodie. Photo: Myrna MacDonald.

Medical imaging career demanded change

Veterinary radiologist Dr. John Pharr has always embraced change and the opportunity to learn — and that thirst for knowledge has defined his career at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). “Things are always changing, and that never stops,” reflects Pharr, who retired from the WCVM’s Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences on June 30. “I’ve been doing this …

October 24th, 2013 Full story »

Dr. Sue Taylor and Candy accept their finalist trophy from Bill Kennedy, president of the National Retriever Club of Canada. Photo courtesy of Dr. Sue Taylor.

Taylor and Candy bring home treats

Veterinarian Dr. Susan (Sue) Taylor definitely loves her Candy — that is, the four-legged variety. Candy is a seven-year-old Labrador retriever whose formal name is FC FTCH AFTCH NMH GMH TaylorLab’s Sugar and Spice. Earlier this year, the dynamic duo captured the honour of Reserve Champion (second place) at the 2013 National Amateur Retriever Championships that were held in Morin, …

October 19th, 2013 Full story »

Dr. Chris Clark

Calendar includes Clark with cat and calves

Looking for a fresh and fun gift idea that costs only $20? Here’s one for your list: the 2013 Men with Cats calendar that showcases Saskatchewan men who love cats — including one large animal internal medicine specialist. This is the second year that Saskatoon’s SCAT Street Cat Rescue has partnered with local professional photographers to produce the calendar – …

December 11th, 2012 Full story »

Dr. Greg Starrak

Specialist returns to WCVM roots

Thirty-one years after graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), Dr. Gregory Starrak is glad to be back as a new addition to the veterinary college’s faculty. “I always wanted to come back here,” says Starrak, who joined the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences as an associate professor of medical imaging in early April 2012. “The profession …

May 31st, 2012 Full story »

ICU technician earns prestigious certification

Melissa Underhill is the latest staff member at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine to successfully earn her certification as a veterinary technician specialist in emergency and critical care. Underhill, who has worked for two years in the small animal intensive care unit (ICU) at the veterinary college’s Veterinary Medical Centre, is the second WCVM staff member to be certified …

December 12th, 2011 Full story »

Veterinary graduate’s story inspires students

When her high school guidance counsellor told her that striving for a career in veterinary medicine was a waste of time, Dr. Candace Grier-Lowe nearly believed him. “I wasn’t seriously thinking about university at the time,” she explains. “I was a horrible student – more interested in being a teenager and having fun – so I can understand why he …

November 30th, 2011 Full story »

CAHF Fellow: Dr. Cheryl Vargo

Dr. Cheryl Vargo’s enthusiastic energy and commitment to her job are two of the reasons why her residency supervisor, Dr. Sue Taylor, nominated the graduate student for the Companion Animal Health Fund’s annual research fellowship. This spring, Vargo became one of the two CAHF Fellows for 2006-07 — an honour that pays for half of her annual salary. Originally from Ontario, …

October 18th, 2006 Full story »