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A life with horses

It takes a special kind of person to love large animal field service duty — a job that’s notorious for difficult patients, all-night hours, and physical exhaustion. But for Dr. Kate Robinson, it’s all in a day’s work. She recently completed a three-year residency in equine field service at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Centre. During that …

July 23rd, 2013 Full story »

Equine health gifts set donors apart

Bob Brickley is an equine rancher who lives near the rural community of Kennedy in the southeast corner of Saskatchewan. Bob and his wife Lois both grew up in the same area, and for decades, their lives have revolved around raising cattle, horses and kids on their place — the Moose Mountain Ranch. With the goal of “breeding quality horses …

February 20th, 2013 Full story »

Veterinary student Nick Hawkins

Résumé includes salmon, bison and horses

Nicholas Hawkins was born and raised in Humboldt, Sask., just one hour from Saskatoon. But his journey into the veterinary medicine program at the University of Saskatchewan was a much longer trip than 100 kilometres down the highway. Shortly after high school, following a tip from his scuba-diving older brother, Hawkins landed an aquaculture job at a Chinook salmon farm …

November 10th, 2012 Full story »

Renae Zook, veterinary student

Love of horses leads student to vet program

Renae Zook has loved animals of all kinds from the time that she could talk, so a career in veterinary medicine just seemed like a natural progression for the Alberta student. “I’ve never lost my fascination with animals, particularly horses, and veterinary medicine has always been my career choice,” said Zook who spent her junior high and high school years …

November 06th, 2012 Full story »

Jon Katzman

Job shadowing led student to vet career

Veterinary medicine has been Jon Katzman’s career choice since he was a young boy, but an opportunity to job shadow a veterinarian really sealed the deal for the Saskatoon, Sask., resident. When he was 16, Katzman had the chance to shadow Dr. Susan Ashburner, a clinical associate in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Centre. “I saw all …

October 16th, 2012 Full story »

Dr. David Paton and Libby

Paton: “It’s not just treating horses”

Dr. David Paton always enjoyed working around large animals while growing up on the family dairy farm in Ladner, B.C. But it was the influence of their local veterinarian, Dr. Gordon Davis, that sparked his interest in veterinary medicine and developed his focus on horses. “He was just an outstanding and astute horseman as well as veterinarian – I think …

May 18th, 2012 Full story »

Shoppette

Easing the grief through memorial tributes

When Jim Dobie lost his golden retriever Angus to cancer in 1996, he was surprised and touched to learn that his veterinarian, Dr. Lloyd Abbey (WCVM ’77) of Edmonton, Alta., had made a memorial donation to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) on his behalf. “I certainly never expected that and didn’t even know such …

May 15th, 2012 Full story »

Bruce: WCVM’s “perfect teaching stallion”

For more than a decade, a grey-haired “gentleman” named Bruce played a key role in the hands-on training of students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Bruce was a 32-year-old grey quarter horse who was “the perfect teaching stallion” for the college’s veterinary students and theriogenology residents, says WCVM associate professor Dr. Steve Manning. “He was all stallion …

April 02nd, 2012 Full story »

Dr. Stacy Anderson and horse

Anderson following in parents’ footsteps

Dr. Stacy Anderson remembers always having animals around while she was growing up in rural Michigan and Iowa. And since both parents were veterinarians, it was only natural that her herd included pigs as well as cats, dogs and horses. Anderson’s favourite animals were the horses. She was four years old when her mom and dad first introduced her to …

December 01st, 2011 Full story »

Dr. Chris Bell during surgery.

Excellent externships

After the last celebratory toast had been made and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Class of 2006 had paid off their grad party expenses, they were faced with a decision: what should they do with the leftover money? It was a problem that previous graduating classes had solved through donations to the WCVM or to the College’s Veterinary Medical …

November 29th, 2011 Full story »