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CAHF and EHRF support local research

July 11th, 2014

Two research funds at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have awarded over $146,000 to University of Saskatchewan researchers who are investigating critical health issues in horses and pets. The Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF), which supports pet health research, granted nearly $76,800 to six research teams that include 22 researchers. The Equine Health Research Fund (EHRF) awarded nearly $69,700 toward 19 scientists …

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The twists and turns of research

It’s common knowledge that no matter how well you prepare, research experiments never go perfectly according to plan. I think back to this idea as I watch a team of veterinary specialists try, for the fourth time, to unsuccessfully place a catheter into the spleen of an anesthetized dog. “It [can be] a little bit frustrating sometimes just because it’s …

November 07th, 2013 Full story »

Vital animal health projects receive funding

Two longtime research funds have directed more than $170,000 in funding to researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in support of vital pet and equine health research projects. The Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) is investing more than $67,000 in eight pet health projects while the Equine Health Research Fund (EHRF) will provide eight teams of equine …

May 22nd, 2013 Full story »

Papillon puppy

Study explores EPEC and parvoviral enteritis

When a puppy comes into a veterinary clinic with clinical signs of vomiting and diarrhea, one of the top diagnoses on a veterinarian’s mind is parvoviral enteritis – a viral infection affecting the gastrointestinal tract. But what about other pathogens that may look like parvoviral enteritis? One such infectious agent is the bacteria known as enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC), which …

August 04th, 2012 Full story »

Dr. Vikram Misra

Find takes scientists from cold sores to cancer

A few years ago, Dr. Vikram Misra and his research team were studying how herpes simplex virus (HSV) can determine when their host is stressed. The virus responds by reactivating and causing cold sores to recur on or around the lips of people infected with HSV. “As many already know from personal experience or observation, once someone gets a cold …

June 26th, 2012 Full story »

Making the world a better place

For Judy Davis of Vancouver, B.C., a typical week is packed with volunteer activities. Even though she’s been retired for several years, the busy octogenarian divides her time among a wide variety of community organizations including a seniors’ centre as well as a health information and referral centre. Another organization on her regular volunteer list is the University of British …

February 03rd, 2012 Full story »