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Gaining sled dog medicine experience

October 05th, 2023

One of Emmalyn Elgersma’s favourite memories of the 2023 Canadian Challenge International Sled Dog Race took place around midnight while she and other volunteers waited for the first sled dog teams to arrive at the checkpoint in Missinipe — more than 150 kilometres (km) north of Prince Albert, Sask. High above, the northern lights danced across the clear, cold sky …

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Hard to swallow

When her four-month-old puppy named King began regularly spitting up his food after eating, Angela Seymour knew her little American French bulldog needed help from a veterinarian.  “He was really sick, and I took him in,” says Seymour. The young puppy stayed at a veterinary clinic in Prince Albert, Sask., for several days. But when King continued having swallowing issues …

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Investigating healthier pet food

Yikai Ren’s thesis research focused on low-glycemic pet food made with Saskatchewan pulse crops. With people taking a greater interest in their pets’ health, products such as low-glycemic pet food are rising in popularity. A low-glycemic pet food is one that contains carbohydrates that are digested slowly, thus helping blood glucose levels remain stable. Stable blood glucose levels can help …

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Training day highlights health of canine cops

Committed to a life of fighting crime, a group of dogs at the Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) is anything but ordinary. “We often relate them to high-end athletes,” says Sgt. Cory Goodwin of the SPS Canine Unit, describing the drive and abilities of the four-legged police officers in the city’s service. “They could be facing a life-ending injury, and they …

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Award for USask veterinary anesthesiologist

University of Saskatchewan (USask) professor Dr. Barbara Ambros has earned the 2023 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s (CVMA) Small Animal Practitioner Award in recognition of her significant contributions to the advancement of small animal medicine and small animal practice. Ambros is a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. Born in Vienna, Austria, …

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Veterinarian awarded for remote care work

Dr. Jordan Woodsworth, a veterinarian and alumna of the University of Saskatchewan (USask), has received the 2023 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Humane Award for her dedication to animal welfare in Canada. Woodsworth is a wellness veterinarian, PhD candidate and program lead for the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Northern Engagement and Community Outreach Program (NECO). She is a 2008 WCVM …

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Protecting dogs, humans from parasites

An emerging parasite known as Echinococcus multilocularis has been increasingly appearing in coyotes in Western Canada as well as in new regions of North America in recent years. This parasite poses a potential threat to the health of dogs and humans, said University of Saskatchewan (USask) graduate Dr. Temitope Kolapo (PhD). The tapeworm can have a severe impact on dogs …

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New partnership expands NECO program

A new funding partnership with PetSmart Charities of Canada will help a University of Saskatchewan (USask) veterinary outreach program expand its impact in northern Saskatchewan communities where animal owners have little or no access to animal health services. Veterinary services are scarce in northern Saskatchewan, and for pet owners living in the tri-community area of La Ronge, Air Ronge and …

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A summer to remember

Last summer, I had the chance to delve into the fascinating world of veterinary ophthalmology research while investigating the microbiome — or community of microorganisms — that’s found on the corneas of dogs. My experience as a research student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) has turned out to be one of the most enriching and rewarding journeys …

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Aiding cancer research with tumour bank

Everyone knows the deadly disease that is cancer, but ironically, what makes cancer so deadly is how little is known about it. This summer, I worked at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) with Dr. Arata Matsuyama (DVM, PhD), a specialist in veterinary medical oncology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), and Dr. Behzad Toosi (DVM, PhD), an assistant professor and the …

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