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CAHF funds support AMR research

July 06th, 2017

Funding received from the Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) has become a cornerstone of support for Dr. Joe Rubin’s research into antimicrobial resistance. This research area has broad implications for both human and animal health. The rise of antimicrobial resistance – in which commonly-used drugs to treat bacterial infections no longer work – is influencing the way veterinarians and human …

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CAHF Research Grants: 2017-2018

Six research teams at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have received more than $68,500 in funding to conduct vital companion animal health research in the next 12 months. Four of the research projects received funding from the WCVM Companion Animal Health Fund, while two other WCVM-administered funds — the Anka Best Friend Fund and the Olga and Constance Kaye …

June 12th, 2017 Full story »

CAHF Research Grants: 2016-2017

The WCVM Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) has provided financial support for four pet health research projects that will be conducted by research teams at the regional veterinary college during the next year. Read the following research summaries for more details about each study. Can combined CT-MRI images help to accurately define brain tumours in cats? Drs. Monique Mayer, Jerome Gagnon, Gillian …

May 25th, 2016 Full story »

Study tracks impact of palliative radiation

Cancer. It’s a diagnosis no one wants to hear. Unfortunately, nearly 50 per cent of dogs and 33 per cent of cats are diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. In the past decade, veterinary researchers have made many advances in cancer therapy for companion animals, and it’s becoming more common for pets to receive treatment. During the …

January 07th, 2016 Full story »

CAHF Research Grants: 2015-16

This year, the WCVM Companion Animal Health Fund provided financial support for seven pet health research projects at the regional veterinary college. Read the following research summaries for more details about each study. Could a method used to treat liver disease in humans be applied to cats? Drs. Ahmad Al-Dissi and Jolanda Verhoef, WCVM Inflammatory liver disease is the second most common liver …

November 19th, 2015 Full story »

Radiation therapy technologist Rachel Bloomfield. Photos: Christina Weese.

Linear accelerator condenses therapy

Radiation therapy used to mean that a pet diagnosed with cancer had to undergo 15 to 20 radiation treatments over several weeks at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) radiation oncology service. Things changed in February 2014. That’s when the WCVM’s Veterinary Medical Centre became one of only four Canadian locations to offer advanced radiation therapy techniques using a …

February 22nd, 2015 Full story »

CAHF Research Grants: 2014-15

Metformin: a new potential cancer drug for dogs? Drs. M. Casey Gaunt, Charlotte Johnson, Valerie MacDonald Dickinson and Trisha Dowling, WCVM; and Ryan Dickinson, Prairie Diagnostic Services Metformin is a drug that has been used to manage type-2 diabetes mellitus in humans. Recent studies have shown that the drug may also have the ability to decrease the incidence of — …

August 03rd, 2014 Full story »


CAHF research grant application

Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are welcome to complete and submit a Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) research grant application to the college’s Research Office: Download a copy of the CAHF research grant application (Word file). Please submit your completed application by email to the WCVM Research Office (elise.painchaud@usask.ca). The CAHF grant application’s annual deadline is …

August 01st, 2014 Full story »

CAHF Research Grants, 2013-14

Can a new test help more cats survive pancreatic cancer? Drs. Elemir Simko, Melissa Meachem, Beverly Kidney, Marion Jackson and Elisabeth Snead Feline pancreatic cancer is a deadly disease that kills most cats within seven days of being diagnosed. By the time the disease is discovered, it has usually spread through the cat’s body leaving veterinarians and owners with few, …

September 19th, 2013 Full story »

CAHF Research Grants: 2012-2013

Distribution of antifungal agent voriconazole in body fluids of healthy dogs after repeated dosing Drs. Susan Taylor, Julie Lemétayer, Patricia Dowling and Anthony Carr Fungal infections, a significant cause of disease in dogs, frequently involve the lungs and eyes. Although long-term treatment of four to six months is typically required, systemic antifungal therapy often fails once the inflammation stops and …

June 05th, 2012 Full story »