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Dr. Duke’s 30-year legacy

April 07th, 2022

In 1999, Dr. Tanya Duke-Novakovski travelled to Leipzig, Germany, for a one-year sabbatical leave from her role at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). The veterinary anesthesiologist’s goal during her stay in the former east German city was to help curb the number of horses that died after surgery in the Universität Leipzig’s large animal clinic. The problem was …

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jacqui shumiatcher

The donation of a lifetime

Jacqueline (Jacqui) Shumiatcher, a dedicated supporter of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) and long-time member of its advisory board, passed away on February 1, 2021, at the age of 97. Jacqui and her husband, Dr. Morris Shumiatcher, were well known throughout Saskatchewan for their generous philanthropy initiatives. “Jacqui and her husband Morris had …

July 20th, 2021 Full story »

Dr. Cindy Shmon

Surgical sage

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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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 »

A gift to last

The Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF), a veterinary research fund at the University of Saskatchewan, has received a significant legacy gift from the estate of Dr. Michael Powell, a beloved small animal veterinarian who served the Saskatoon community for 35 years. The final value of Powell’s gift is estimated to be over $800,000. “Words are just not adequate to really …

May 28th, 2019 Full story »

Sophie’s pet projects

When Sophie Katarynych was growing up during the 1930s, her parents didn’t have a lot of money, but they were always willing to lend a hand to other people. Katarynych has lived her life following their example. Over the years Katarynych had plenty of opportunities to help people through her nursing and flight attendant careers, but she also resolved to …

July 06th, 2017 Full story »

Veterinary surgery life-long calling

Like many veterinarians, Dr. Koji Aoki always knew what career path he wanted to follow. However, unlike most other vets, he had two very important mentors throughout his entire life – his mother and father, who are both veterinarians in Fukuoka, Japan. He grew up surrounded by pets – up to six Chihuahuas at a time – and Aoki’s older …

July 06th, 2017 Full story »

Award assists feline-focused student

Most people travel to tropical islands for some relaxation — but Michelle Lange is not like most people. While vacationing on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten in 2005, Lange noticed an overpopulation of stray and feral cats and dogs. She connected with local rescue groups to help out, and after that, Lange was hooked. For the next five years, she …

November 05th, 2015 Full story »

Canine care on campus

Since 2013, you’ve likely seen one or more therapy dogs on campus, bringing puppy peace to stressed students during exam season. One of the handlers, Colleen Dell, professor in the Department of Sociology and School of Public Health, and Research Chair in Substance Abuse, looks at the use of pet therapy and its effect on patient recovery and mental health. …

October 08th, 2015 Full story »