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EHV-1 confirmed in horse near Saskatoon

March 17th, 2016

Equine herpes virus 1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed in a horse with neurologic disease being boarded at a stable near Saskatoon. EHV-1 is a common equine virus to which nearly all horses are exposed during their lifetime. EHV-1 usually causes mild respiratory disease, but in some cases, the virus can spread to other parts of the body. In rare cases, …

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Equine Expo designed to please horse lovers

After half a decade, organizers of the annual Saskatchewan Equine Expo know just what makes horse lovers trot to the entrance gates each year. The event is a collaboration between the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM)’s Townsend Equine Health Research Fund, the Saskatchewan Horse Federation (SHF) and Prairieland Park. This year’s event takes place in Saskatoon from Feb. 12-14, …

February 08th, 2016 Full story »

WCVM alumna to lead AAEP

Dr. Kathleen Anderson, a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, will serve as the president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in 2016. The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) alumna was installed as the equine organization’s new president on Dec. 8 during the AAEP’s annual convention in Las Vegas, Nev. She was first named as vice-president of …

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EHRF renamed to honour first research fellow

A chance conversation with Dr. Hugh Townsend outside the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) led Dr. Joe Bracamonte to focus his career on equine health. “He changed my career in the parking lot, just with a conversation,” says Bracamonte, an associate professor at the WCVM who specializes in large animal surgery. Stories like this abound: Townsend has a gift …

November 02nd, 2015 Full story »

Understanding horse insurance

Although many horses in Western Canada have high performance, breeding and emotional value in the eyes of their owners, few of the animals are covered under an equine insurance policy. Horse insurance can help owners with the cost of treating these horses. “We are often dealing with horses that are injured or sick, and owners are facing the choice of …

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Dr. Wayne Burwash accepts the Alberta Horse Industry Distinguished Service Award from HIAA President Jean Kruse. Supplied photo.

Alberta horse industry honours Burwash

Dr. Wayne Burwash, a 1969 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), is the 2015 recipient of the Horse Industry Association of Alberta’s (HIAA) Distinguished Service Award. The longtime Alberta equine veterinarian, who was recognized for his lasting influence and contributions to the equine industry, received the award in early January during the Alberta Horse Breeders and Owners …

February 11th, 2015 Full story »

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Horse health day ideal for young riders

More than 200 young horse enthusiasts will learn all about horse health from Western Canada’s future veterinarians during the annual Equine Education Day on Saturday, Feb. 28. The day-long event, which takes place at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), is an annual favourite for members of Saskatchewan’s 4-H and Pony Clubs. The Equine Education Day is organized by members …

January 08th, 2015 Full story »

Vaccinations, deworming, hoof care and equine nutrition are among the topics that will be covered during the backyard horse health seminars. Photo: Christina Weese.

Seminars bring horse health to communities

A series of six “backyard horse seminars” this spring will deliver vital equine health management information to Saskatchewan horse owners right in their own communities. The Farm Animal Council of Saskatchewan (FACS) is organizing the seminars in partnership with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), Saskatchewan Horse Federation (SHF) and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. The seminars aim to …

March 27th, 2014 Full story »

Show jumping in the Canada Ring at the 2013 Spruce Meadows' Masters. Photo: Myrna MacDonald. Show jumping in the Canada Ring at the 2013 Spruce Meadows' Masters in Calgary, Alta. Photo: Myrna MacDonald.

Red Deer hosts equine education event

As an equine-minded veterinary student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my first weekend back to class than at the Alberta Horse Breeders and Owners Conference on Jan. 10-12 — Canada’s premier horse industry event. The annual conference, which celebrated its 32nd year in Red Deer, Alta., is hosted …

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WCVM student Angela MacKay assists during a demonstration at the Ryan/Dubé Equine Performance Centre. The equine health tour is part of the 2014 Sask. Equine Expo. Photo: Myrna MacDonald.

Equine expo a welcome mid-winter break

Western Canada’s equine community is looking forward to the third annual Saskatchewan Equine Expo at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon from Feb. 14-16, 2014. “We have a full schedule once again this year,” says Brenda Sapergia, livestock manager for Prairieland Park Ag Centre. “Our headline events – the Trainer’s Challenge and the Cowhorse Competition – will of course be returning. New …

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