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Job groomed student for vet school

October 10th, 2018

This summer, Chantel Dunlop of Seven Sisters Falls, Man., was standing in a warm-up ring at Calgary’s Spruce Meadows when she read an email message confirming her acceptance into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). “I remember crying out, ’Oh my God!’, and I started to feel shaky,” says Dunlop, who was working as a groom for Olympic medallist …

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Dr. Alex Wales.

Hours in the saddle help B.C. vet in clinic

There’s a certain mystery to working in veterinary medicine, where each new patient can come as a kind of puzzle to solve — discovering the ins and outs of what makes them tick, unlocking whatever issue is at hand and sending them out the door happy and healthy once again. This process is also part of the reason why Dr. …

October 03rd, 2018 Full story »

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‘Lea Riddell, equine vet’

Dr. Lea Riddell has never really fit the mould of an equine veterinarian. A self-proclaimed “city girl,” Riddell was born and raised in Winnipeg, Man. — far from any farm or acreage and with no horses nearby. It wasn’t until she was given a pony riding lesson for her eighth birthday that she discovered her true love for horses. That …

September 26th, 2018 Full story »

Dr. Steve Manning

A life infused with horses

Dr. Steve Manning has enjoyed being around horses since he was a kid riding with the local Pony Club branch in his southern Ontario hometown. That interest prompted him to apply for a summer job with a local equine veterinarian – a move that led to his career choice. “I spent seven summers working in that clinic,” recalls Manning, associate …

August 17th, 2018 Full story »

Hamilton selected as FEI official for Games

Dr. Don Hamilton, professor emeritus of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), is one of four Canadians who have been selected as officials for the 2018 Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) World Equestrian Games this fall. The 2018 games will take place in Mill Spring, N.C., from Sept. 11 to 23. Hamilton has been appointed as a Vet Commission (VC) …

May 30th, 2018 Full story »

Equine elders

Every year, veterinarians at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) examine and treat hundreds of horses from across Western Canada. While some equine patients may recover and never need to return to the teaching hospital, others may become “regulars” with the WCVM clinical team.  “Blue” and “Fire” were two patients that fit the latter category. These …

May 30th, 2018 Full story »

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The vet behind the PowerFloat

Ask any horse owner or equine veterinarian about the PowerFloat, and they’ll tell you that the rotary dental instrument is synonymous with equine dental care — an essential tool that’s well known in the horse community. The PowerFloat was the brainchild of Dr. Dennis Rach, a Calgary-based large animal veterinarian who has always liked solving problems. Rach has been practising …

February 06th, 2018 Full story »

Dr. Lesley Zwicker

Teamwork important for WCVM radiologist

Perseverance and dedication have led Dr. Lesley Zwicker to her role as the newest board-certified radiologist at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Zwicker has faced a long journey to get to this point – earning diplomate certification by the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) is a three-year process, which requires intensive studying and testing to meet the …

December 07th, 2017 Full story »

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A life-saving gift

It was nearly 20 years ago when Murray and Shirley Popplewell visited the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) for the first time – but it’s a story they still tell. The couple had just witnessed the birth of their first Arabian foal. The foal lay on the ground, its head limp. Beginning to worry, they picked up the baby …

April 14th, 2017 Full story »

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Vet students help Equine Expo gallop along

When it comes to the equine care available at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), clinicians have access to many advanced technologies and tools that allow them to provide cutting edge care. While those who work with them daily are familiar with them, many horse owners don’t get a chance to see these tools in action unless their animal …

January 27th, 2017 Full story »