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‘Good samaritans’ give $1 million to animal care fund

July 02nd, 2020

Leslie (Les) and Irene Dubé will have an enduring effect on the lives of many pets and people, thanks to their gift of $1 million to the Good Samaritan Fund at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). “We thought we would be there to try and help change [the lives of] as many of those loving pets as possible,” …

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Les and Irene Dubé
Closeup of tick

‘Tick pics’ aid surveillance

The arrival of spring brings warmer weather and longer days, but also increased risk of tick bites for humans and animals. A new online program, eTick, has expanded into Saskatchewan to track ticks. It will allow University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers like Drs. Emily Jenkins (DVM, PhD) and Maarten Voordouw (PhD) to monitor ticks and inform Saskatchewan residents of potential health risks. …

May 01st, 2020 Full story »

A pet health legacy

In 1978, WCVM Dean Ole Nielsen and a group of faculty members met with pet owners to discuss creating a specific research fund supporting pet health research at the college. There was a need for money to answer important questions about companion animal health, and they saw opportunity in creating the Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF). “Access to U.S.-based funding …

June 01st, 2019 Full story »

Funds propel research for pets and horses

Have you ever wondered how veterinarians prepare tiny exotic pets for surgery or thought about how equine clinicians can help horses recover from a tendon injury? Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are exploring these kinds of questions — thanks to the support of two research funds dedicated to the health of pets and horses. The Companion Animal …

May 27th, 2019 Full story »

granny-Dr. Jen Lowen

The animal side of critical care

One early Monday morning last October, the clinical team at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) was preparing for rounds when an emergency patient was brought in to the hospital. “Granny,” a wirehaired pointing griffon-cross dog, was lethargic, her gums were pale and her heart rate was elevated. The hospital’s emergency and critical care team …

January 15th, 2019 Full story »

Dr. Lesley Zwicker

Teamwork important for WCVM radiologist

Perseverance and dedication have led Dr. Lesley Zwicker to her role as the newest board-certified radiologist at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Zwicker has faced a long journey to get to this point – earning diplomate certification by the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) is a three-year process, which requires intensive studying and testing to meet the …

December 07th, 2017 Full story »

Animal nutrition expert joins WCVM

Tammy Owens jokes that she has almost enough cats at home – seven – to run a valid feeding study, something entirely appropriate for someone who specializes in animal nutrition at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Owens joined the U of S faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences in January, recruited …

May 13th, 2016 Full story »

Beef the “loyal lifesaver”

If Beef was a human being, he’d likely be getting a letter of recognition from Canadian Blood Services. Instead, his contributions are rewarded mostly by treats and affection from the staff at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC). For years Beef – a friendly, mixed-breed dog of what’s likely maremma and golden retriever origins – …

March 22nd, 2016 Full story »

WCVM graduate student Jennifer Briens demonstrates an ultrasound exam on "Toffee." Photo: Derek Mortensen, Canadian Press Images.

CFI invests in pet health project

Two researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are among a group of University of Saskatchewan scientists who received funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). U of S researchers will share a total of $844,000 from the CFI for wide-ranging research. The four U of S projects were announced January 20 on the U of S campus by Ed Holder, …

January 27th, 2015 Full story »

La Ronge's community centre was transformed into a temporary surgery area during the spay-neuter clinic in early September. Photos: Christina Weese.

Community clinics fulfil vital health role

Out on the hockey rink’s cement surface, a masked, blue-gowned veterinary student carefully unwraps a package of sterile surgery equipment. A veterinarian, also in surgical scrubs, gives her directions. Six identical tables are prepped and waiting for their feline and canine patients. Soon after, there’s a quiet flurry of activity as the weekend’s first wave of spay and neuter surgeries …

October 24th, 2014 Full story »