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Dual-degree vet receives equine award

July 22nd, 2021

At first, Dr. Jane Westendorf didn’t want to be a veterinarian. As the daughter of two practitioners — both 1991 graduates of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) — Westendorf witnessed first-hand some of her parents’ daily frustrations when they came home from their veterinary clinic in Mission, B.C. Westendorf eventually recognized that despite the occasional struggles or difficult …

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Funds back training and new research

Two longtime research funds at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are investing nearly $270,000 for supporting equine and companion animal health research, education and training for the 2021-22 academic year. For more than 40 years, the Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) and Townsend Equine Health Research Fund (TEHRF) have supported pet health and horse health research, specialized training …

June 16th, 2021 Full story »

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Helping horses breathe easier

Canadians have access to the first licensed and approved inhalation therapy specifically developed to help horses with severe equine asthma without causing unwanted side effects. Developed by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health (BI), the Aservo® EquiHaler® is an inhalation therapy available through veterinarians. It’s used to treat equine asthma, formerly known as recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) or heaves. Like humans, environmental triggers such …

April 15th, 2021 Full story »

The point of no infection

A team of University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) and the College of Medicine are striving to find a reliable method for verifying when a horse with septic arthritis no longer has a joint infection — and no longer needs treatment. Who is on the team? WCVM researchers Dr. Joe Bracamonte and Dr. …

April 15th, 2021 Full story »

Cardiac cases linked to caterpillars

A report recently published in Canadian Veterinary Journal tells the story of how a team of veterinarians at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) linked cases of an uncommon cardiac disease in horses with a caterpillar infestation in Saskatchewan. Between June and September 2017, clinicians at the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre examined four horses of varying ages and from …

March 21st, 2021 Full story »

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Horse Health Lines (Spring 2021)

The Spring 2021 issue of Horse Health Lines, news publication for the WCVM’s Townsend Equine Health Research Fund, is now online. You can also download the PDF or view the publication as part of the Spring 2021 issue of Canadian Horse Journal. Here’s a sneak peek at the stories inside this issue: Swirski shines as horse health advocate: Mikayla Swirski …

March 21st, 2021 Full story »

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Horse Health Lines (Summer 2020) online

The Summer 2020 issue of Horse Health Lines, news publication for the WCVM’s Townsend Equine Health Research Fund, is now online. You can also view the publication as part of the Summer 2020 issue of Canadian Horse Journal or click here to download the PDF. Here’s a sneak peek at the stories inside this issue: Horse care amid pandemic: Other than physical distancing …

July 12th, 2020 Full story »

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Horse care amid pandemic

For the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) equine field service team, a typical spring is filled with 12-hour days of visiting barns and farms to help with vaccines, dental care and other general horse health tasks. But since mid-March, the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way the equine team provides services to horses and interacts with owners. “The day-to-day …

May 21st, 2020 Full story »

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Mare-embryo signal still a mystery

Even before birth, a lot of communication occurs between an infant mammal and its mother — not through speech or body language, but through chemical interaction inside the uterus. The maternal recognition of pregnancy (MRP), one of the earliest communications that occurs during pregnancy between the embryo and the mother, is the signal produced by the embryo alerting the mother’s …

May 09th, 2020 Full story »

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What makes horses tick?

In mid-February, western Canadian horse owners will have the chance to meet Dr. Sue McDonnell and learn more about equine behavior during the 2020 Saskatchewan Equine Expo in Saskatoon, Sask. The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) has invited McDonnell to visit Saskatoon for several educational events — including a public seminar from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. …

January 23rd, 2020 Full story »