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Show jumping in the Canada Ring at the 2013 Spruce Meadows' Masters. Photo: Myrna MacDonald. Show jumping in the Canada Ring at the 2013 Spruce Meadows' Masters in Calgary, Alta. Photo: Myrna MacDonald.

Red Deer hosts equine education event

As an equine-minded veterinary student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my first weekend back to class than at the Alberta Horse Breeders and Owners Conference on Jan. 10-12 — Canada’s premier horse industry event. The annual conference, which celebrated its 32nd year in Red Deer, Alta., is hosted …

February 02nd, 2014 Full story »

WCVM student Angela MacKay assists during a demonstration at the Ryan/Dubé Equine Performance Centre. The equine health tour is part of the 2014 Sask. Equine Expo. Photo: Myrna MacDonald.

Equine expo a welcome mid-winter break

Western Canada’s equine community is looking forward to the third annual Saskatchewan Equine Expo at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon from Feb. 14-16, 2014. “We have a full schedule once again this year,” says Brenda Sapergia, livestock manager for Prairieland Park Ag Centre. “Our headline events – the Trainer’s Challenge and the Cowhorse Competition – will of course be returning. New …

January 13th, 2014 Full story »

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

Becky Gilday receives Markel/AAEP award

Becky Gilday, a fourth-year student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), was one of eight North American veterinary students  to receive the 2013 Markel/American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation scholarships in early December. The students received their $2,500 scholarships on December 8 during the AAEP’s 59th annual convention’s student luncheon in Nashville, Tenn. The annual program recognizes …

December 16th, 2013 Full story »


EHRF donations make great gifts!

Struggling to find a meaningful Christmas present for your family’s horse enthusiast, your local veterinarian or your riding coach? Here’s a great option for you: make a donation to the WCVM’s Equine Health Research Fund (EHRF) on their behalf! Unlike a coffee gift card or a box of chocolates, a contribution to the EHRF is a gift that keeps on …

December 07th, 2013 Full story »

Dr. Anne Marie Guillemaud and her horse Nellie demonstrate the overground endoscope and Holter telemetry monitor. Photo: Myrna MacDonald.

EFC’s $120,000 gift supports equine program

The Equine Foundation of Canada (EFC) gave another boost to horse health care in the country with its latest contribution of $120,000 to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s equine health program. The national organization’s gifts were highlighted during a horse health evening on October 8 that was held in the WCVM’s recently expanded Ryan/Dubé Equine Performance Centre. “Having the …

October 30th, 2013 Full story »

Dr. Kathleen Anderson

WCVM alumna new AAEP vice president

The American Association of Equine Practitioners has named Kathleen Anderson, DVM, owner of Equine Veterinary Care PC in Elkton, Md., as its 2014 vice president. Dr. Anderson will be installed during the Dec. 10 President’s Luncheon at the 59th Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn., and will assume the role of AAEP president in 2016. A native of British Columbia, Dr. …

September 10th, 2013 Full story »

Dr. Steve Manning

WCVM linked to equine welfare awards

Two Western College of Veterinary Medicine veterinarians were among the recipients of the 2013 Awards of Distinction for Equine Welfare on February 16 in Saskatoon, Sask. During a noon-hour awards ceremony, Dr. Sue Ashburner (WCVM ’79) received an Award of Distinction for Equine Welfare Communication while her colleague, Dr. Steve Manning (OVC ’91) received an Award of Distinction for Equine …

February 20th, 2013 Full story »

Equine Expo’s sophomore year bigger, better

One year after the first Saskatchewan Equine Expo took place in Saskatoon, the annual equine event has “grown up” to include an expanded trade show, more demonstrations and more activities that will appeal to people of all ages. The 2013 Saskatchewan Equine Expo, which takes place from February 15-17, is a collaborative effort involving Saskatoon Prairieland Park, Saskatchewan Horse Federation …

February 07th, 2013 Full story »

grey ranch horse, Agribition 2012

Awards recognize equine welfare efforts

Once again, the Saskatchewan Horse Federation (SHF) and Farm Animal Council of Saskatchewan (FACS) have teamed up to recognize Saskatchewan individuals, organizations and companies demonstrating excellence in equine welfare and animal health. Nominations are open for the “Awards of Distinction for Equine Welfare” in four categories until January 15, 2013. The awards will be presented during the Saskatchewan Equine Expo …

January 11th, 2013 Full story »

Jesse in the winter

Public review draft equine code of practice

Equine Canada and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) have released Canada’s draft equine code of practice for public review. The draft code can be viewed and submissions made at the NFACC site  until February 14, 2013. All stakeholders are encouraged to provide input to ensure that this code reflects a common understanding of equine care expectations and recommended …

December 03rd, 2012 Full story »