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Oncologist targets cancer challenges

July 17th, 2023

Growing up around dogs, cats, turtles and chickens at his family’s home in Japan, Dr. Arata Matsuyama (DVM, PhD) knew from a very early age that he wanted to work with animals in veterinary medicine. But what wasn’t part of Matsuyama’s initial plan was devoting himself to studying cancer in companion animals — a decision that eventually brought him to …

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Healthy dogs, healthy communities

Over $149,000 in funding from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) is helping University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers from multiple disciplines provide support to Saskatchewan communities that are experiencing challenges with dogs. The SHRF-funded research project uses a One Health approach to study human-dog relationships and circumstances surrounding aggressive dog-human encounters such as dog bites. With this approach, researchers explore …

July 17th, 2023 Full story »

CAHF research summaries (2023-24)

Is methadone effective in managing ferrets’ pain? Drs. Barbara Ambros, Jane Shin, and Isabelle Desprez, WCVM; Dr. Heather Knych, University of California, Davis There’s very little scientific information about pain relief in ferrets, and veterinarians often rely on pain management protocols developed for other animals to treat this species. What’s challenging is that no one has specifically studied how ferrets …

July 07th, 2023 Full story »

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Guide helps put welcome mat out for pets

A team of researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are part of an initiative to explore the benefits of welcoming companion animals in places where they wouldn’t normally be allowed. PAWS in Places, led by Dr. Colleen Dell (PhD), is a collaboration between Royal Canin, the WCVM and the USask One …

February 18th, 2023 Full story »

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Pet health studies gain vital support

Five research teams at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have received over $93,000 in funding for research projects targeting a variety of health issues and questions in companion animals. The WCVM’s Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) and another fund administered by the CAHF provided financial support for the research studies that are based at the veterinary college. For …

February 18th, 2023 Full story »

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WCVM scientist seeks imported dogs

A veterinary researcher at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is hoping to connect with pet owners or canine rescue organizations that have recently imported dogs into Canada or plan to bring animals into the country. “We’re asking that when the dog [comes] into Canada — if you know the date — contact us early so that we can arrange things,” says …

February 18th, 2023 Full story »

canine patient receives blood transfusion

Blood on the double

Dogs can donate life-saving blood to other dogs, just like people can give blood to their fellow humans. But veterinarians are still unsure about the best way to deliver blood from dog donors to the canine patients that urgently need it. That’s why I’m working with my supervisor, Dr. Jen Loewen, to find a more efficient way to conduct blood …

February 18th, 2023 Full story »

Vet Topics (Winter 2023) now online

The Winter 2023 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 of Vet Topics (Winter 2023). This issue includes the following stories:  A passion for pets. The 2022 recipient of the Dr. Michael Powell Award of Excellence is Dr. Mathieu Paulin, a resident in small animal internal medicine …

February 14th, 2023 Full story »

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Pet health research in print

A roundup of WCVM-related companion animal research articles that have been recently published in peer-reviewed journals. Cotter B, Zwicker LA, Lavallee J, Perdrizet UG, Allen AL, Sukut S, Matz B. “Bronchocutaneous fistula in a dog.” Journal of Small Animal Practice. April 2022. 63(4):336. Leis ML, Sandmeyer LS. “Diagnostic ophthalmology.” Canadian Veterinary Journal. May 2022. 63(5):549-550. Meachem MD, Allen AL. “What …

January 18th, 2023 Full story »

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Scientists seek golden retrievers

Veterinary ophthalmologists at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are seeking golden retrievers to participate in a genetic study of a blinding eye disease that affects this breed. Golden retriever cystic uveal disease or pigmentary uveitis is an insidious, blinding condition that has become common in the breed. The disease causes thin-walled cysts to develop in the affected dog’s …

January 18th, 2023 Full story »