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Vet students help Equine Expo gallop along

January 27th, 2017

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 …

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Dr. Keri Thomas

New role pins Thomas to WCVM

Her surgical residency as the Townsend Equine Health Research Fund (TEHRF) fellow has wrapped up, but Dr. Keri Thomas is staying put — and she couldn’t be happier about it. During the last four years, Thomas has learned from large animal surgeons at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) while also navigating her own clinical and research work. Now …

December 07th, 2016 Full story »

Project offers unique support to horses

In August 2015, I left the comfort of my English village and headed out to Canada to join a unique research team at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S). The team’s goal is to develop a novel robotic lift system. This system will help rehabilitate horses suffering from acute injuries and other musculoskeletal or neurological problems by providing mobility, …

August 10th, 2016 Full story »

New device gives healing horses a lift

It’s 8 a.m., and I’m all set for a long day of filling out paperwork for my summer job as a student researcher at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Less than an hour later I’m suturing up an eight-inch laceration on the shoulder of “Mama,” one of our research horses, in the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre’s equine treatment …

March 01st, 2016 Full story »

Gold Medal recipient heads for horses

Horses have played an important role in Elisabeth van Veggel’s life since she was a little girl. “Back home in the Netherlands, all of my family rode,” says van Veggel, who immigrated to Victoria, B.C., when she was 12 years old. “When we moved here, I got a pony. I think it was my parents’ way of bribing me to …

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Morgan Ashdown with Jack and her horse’s WCVM surgeons, Drs. James Carmalt and Andres Sanchez. Photo: Christina Weese.

Owner helps Jack get back on track

It was early June 2013 and high school student Morgan Ashdown was looking forward to summer vacation. She planned to spend it out at the barn with her quarter horse, Under the Lethalimit, known as Jack. Her parents, Leanne and Keith of Pilot Butte, Sask., had bought the 2004 gelding a year earlier, and Jack and Morgan were starting to …

August 03rd, 2015 Full story »

Tuffy, an 18-year-old Appaloosa gelding, was found with a two-foot stick lodged his chest. Photo: Christina Weese.

Horse survives after stick impales chest

On a dark October night, Les and Darlene Leer pulled into the parking lot at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Centre in Saskatoon with their horse trailer in tow. It was late, and they were worried. They had made the three-hour drive from St. Walburg, Sask., to bring in their injured 18-year-old Appaloosa gelding, Tuffy, for emergency …

January 10th, 2015 Full story »

Stanton's equine experience includes competing in amateur, professional and college rodeos during her high school and university years.

Bailee Stanton receives AAEP-Markel award

University of Saskatchewan student Bailee Stanton of Kananaskis, Alta., is a 2014 recipient of an American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation-Markel award. Eight students from across North America received the annual awards on December 7 during the annual AAEP convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. The $2,500 scholarships support veterinary students whose future career plans focus on equine medicine. Stanton, who …

December 16th, 2014 Full story »

Fourth-year veterinary student Becky Gilday. Photo: Myrna MacDonald.

WCVM grad wins equine scholarship

Dr. Becky Gilday, a 2014 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), is one of nine equine-focused veterinarians in North America to receive $4,000 scholarships from Zoetis and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation. The scholarships were announced during the AAEP’s Focus on Sport Horses and Focus on Students summer meetings in Louisville, Ky., July 19-22. …

July 21st, 2014 Full story »

Wendy Christoff and Pfalstaff competing in Aachen, Germany, in 2010. Photo: Bob Langrish.

Love of horses embedded in riding, teaching

Wendy Christoff of Delta, B.C., loves horses. She’s been riding since she was eight years old, but the self-proclaimed “horse nut” found her true calling in 1979 when she watched a dressage demonstration by an acclaimed Canadian rider and Olympic competitor. “I’d always enjoyed trail riding and pleasure riding, but once I saw Inez Propfe-Credo’s demonstration at the Pacific National …

December 10th, 2013 Full story »