CAHF Fellow: Dr. Cheryl Vargo

Dr. Cheryl Vargo

CAHF Research Fellow Dr. Cheryl Vargo. Photo: Myrna MacDonald.

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, Vargo attended the University of Winnipeg as well as the University of Manitoba before coming to WCVM. After receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1999, Vargo spent four years at a small animal practice in Thunder Bay, Ont., before heading south to Greensboro, N.C., for a small animal internship.

In 2004, it was back to Saskatoon and WCVM for a veterinary internal medicine residency program. As part of her program, Vargo conducted a CAHF-supported study to test an alternative method of treating cats with aortic thromboembolism (or FATE).

In May 2006, Vargo wrote and passed her first board examination for the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and will write the final one for board certification status in 2007. After completing her residency, Vargo plans to work in a specialty referral practice where she can pursue her particular interest of endocrine and gastrointestinal diseases in cats and dogs.

For more information about Dr. Cheryl Vargo and her research study, visit the Fall 2006 issue of Vet Topics.

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