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May 07th, 2022

You share more things in common with your dog than you think, and these similarities are the focus of research at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) that’s aimed at investigating osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer found in dogs and humans. A research team led by Dr. Behzad Toosi of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is studying the …

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Vet’s vision revives textbook

When Dr. Monique Mayer (DVM) began studying the dog’s lymphatic system as part of her work as a cancer researcher, she relied on an unlikely assistant: her mother. Mayer, a professor and board-certified veterinary radiation oncologist at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), was using a textbook written by German anatomist Dr. Hermann Baum in 1918. With no English …

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Pet boom increases vet demand

As the only 24-hour veterinary hospital in Saskatoon and area, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) is experiencing increased demand for its services. “The VMC emergency service has been busier, especially over the past year. This is not just a VMC problem but something we’re seeing across North America,” says Dr. Jen Loewen, a board-certified …

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Saving Ooma Girl

When Allan and Maureen Zaleski arrived at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at 2 a.m. one morning in July 2021, they were ready to do whatever it took to save their dog. The couple, both in their late 70s, had driven all night from Winnipeg, Man., to seek surgery for Ooma Girl, their three-year-old French bulldog. During the …

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The feline diabetes puzzle

Kevin the cat has faced a roller-coaster of health problems during his five years of life. First, dental surgery. Next came pancreatitis, followed by a diabetes diagnosis. Kevin’s most recent health scare led to a late-night emergency visit to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM)’s Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC). Kevin was with a cat sitter when he stopped eating …

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Vet Topics (Spring 2022) now online

The Spring 2022 issue of Vet Topics, news publication for the veterinary college’s Companion Animal Health Fund, is now available online.  Click here to download the PDF. This issue includes the following stories: Saving Ooma Girl. After a Manitoba couple rushed their dog Ooma Giirl to the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC), the college’s surgical team was able to perform a …

March 22nd, 2022 Full story »

Fine tuning ferrets’ pain control

There’s no room for assumptions in pain management — that principle has prompted a research team at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) to initiate a study investigating the efficacy of pain relief medications in ferrets.  Ferrets are now considered the fourth most popular pet mammal, and veterinarians in the WCVM’s avian, exotic and wildlife medicine service regularly see …

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Canine pathogens on the Prairies

A new research project at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) aims to identify disease-causing organisms among dogs — an overlooked population on the Canadian Prairies. “This is a group of animals we really should be more interested in,” says Dr. Erica Sims, a WCVM graduate student who is leading the canine portion of the Companion Animal Surveillance Initiative. “These …

August 13th, 2021 Full story »


Remote clinics return to the North

Despite challenges caused by COVID-19, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) resumed its annual remote veterinary clinics for northern Saskatchewan communities this spring. The college’s team, along with community volunteers, held two clinics in Saskatoon and La Ronge in May and June after a one-year break. “I think being able to get there, honestly, was a bit of a …

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Bacteria and corneal ulcers

The cornea is a key component of the eye that allows it to focus on light, enabling people and animals to see clearly. But what happens if a dog’s cornea is no longer clear and healthy? Corneal health can be affected by diseases such as bacterial ulcerative keratitis, a common eye infection that causes inflammation and severe pain and can …

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