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WCVM alumna new AAEP president

December 08th, 2021

Dr. Emma Read, a 1998 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), is the new president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) for a one-year term. Read, who is associate dean for professional programs at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, was installed as AAEP president on Dec. 7 during the organization’s annual convention …

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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 »


Saskatoon horse diagnosed with EHV-1

Diagnostic tests have confirmed that a Saskatoon-area horse with neurologic disease is a positive case of equine herpes virus 1 (EHV-1) — a common virus that causes respiratory disease as well as outbreaks of neurologic disease and abortions in horse populations worldwide. The ill horse is in isolation at Sandhills Stables, a boarding stable near Saskatoon, Sask. Its owners have placed …

December 28th, 2019 Full story »

WCVM to pay necropsy fees on WFFS cases

During the 2019 foal season, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) will cover the cost of conducting equine necropsy (post-mortem) examinations on aborted fetuses, stillbirths or euthanized foals that are suspected to be cases of warmblood fragile foal syndrome (WFFS). Canadian horse owners and referring veterinarians can submit cases to Prairie Diagnostic Services (PDS), the provincial veterinary laboratory based …

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EHV-1 confirmed in horse near Saskatoon

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 …

May 01st, 2015 Full story »

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 »