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Close up of a Coggins test

Controlling EIA’s spread has its challenges

Those in the horse industry all share a stake in maintaining vigilance over the spread and control of equine communicable diseases, and this is perhaps most true with equine infectious anemia (EIA), a disease whose only control is through regular screening. But the politics of disease management inevitably bring forth questions. Why do certain competitions require EIA screening but not …

July 12th, 2012 Full story »

WCVM veterinary student Lynn Smart

Equine Code of Practice survey available

Equine owners and others with an interest in equine welfare have an opportunity to provide input into the revision to Canada’s Equine Code of Practice through online surveys. The National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) is conducting a third stakeholder survey to gain further input as the Equine Code of Practice is revised. The Code will serve as our national …

July 03rd, 2012 Full story »

Dr. Andrea Plaxton conducts an endoscopy.

Saskatchewan’s first equine expo a success

When Stacey Nahachewsky of Saskatoon, Sask., heard that the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) needed volunteers for the Saskatchewan Equine Expo, the second-year veterinary student jumped at the chance. She also brought along Harley, her 12-year-old Standardbred gelding that patiently underwent several procedures — including a painting session with veterinary students who outlined an equine skeleton and vital organs …

March 09th, 2012 Full story »

Equine specialists to visit B.C. horseowners

Specialists from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) will meet with horse enthusiasts in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley during an evening of equine education on Wednesday, March 14. The event, which begins at 7:00 p.m. and is followed by a reception, will take place at the Creekside Theatre in Winfield, B.C. Local veterinarians, horse owners and riders of all …

March 08th, 2012 Full story »

Horses on the Goodale Farm

Countdown to province’s first equine expo

Judging by the number of phone calls and emails that Brenda Sapergia has been fielding in the past few weeks, many horse enthusiasts on the Prairies are planning to attend the inaugural Saskatchewan Equine Expo that runs from February 17-19 at Saskatoon Prairieland Park. “The first-ever Saskatchewan Equine Expo has exceeded all of our expectations with the number of booths …

February 07th, 2012 Full story »

Equine club seminar

Vet students to host young equine riders

For one Saturday in January, young riders in Saskatchewan will have the chance to learn all about horse health care, equine veterinary medicine and horse husbandry from future veterinarians at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Members of the WCVM Equine Club are organizing activities for the 2012 Pony Club and 4-H Education Day that will take place at …

January 12th, 2012 Full story »

Sask. Equine Expo

Equine expo: the ideal winter break

Horse enthusiasts on the Prairies can shake off their mid-winter blues during the inaugural Saskatchewan Equine Expo that will be held at Saskatoon Prairieland Park from February 17-19, 2012. Plans for the three-day event include a variety of educational seminars, hands-on clinics, demonstrations and an industry trade show. Prairieland Park, along with the Saskatchewan Horse Federation, the Western College of …

January 03rd, 2012 Full story »

Trevor Hook tests hooves on an equine patient.

WCVM clinic reopens to horses

The Western College of Veterinary Medicineat the University of Saskatchewan is now accepting all equine patients at its Large Animal Clinic — ending an eight-day suspension of non-emergency equine clinical services to control the risk of equine herpes virus type 1 (EHV-1) infection. Veterinarians reopened the clinic’s doors to horses at 8:00 a.m. on June 29 after multiple clinical examinations …

June 29th, 2011 Full story »

equine ward, WCVM VMC

WCVM suspends equine clinical services

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Large Animal Clinic at the University of Saskatchewan is not accepting any non-emergency equine patients to control the potential spread of equine herpes virus type 1 (EHV-1) infection. The WCVM voluntarily suspended its equine clinical services on June 21 following the confirmed diagnosis of EHV-1 in a horse from the Saskatoon area that was …

June 22nd, 2011 Full story »

Equine charity’s gift to WCVM doubles in value

A $20,000 donation from the Equine Foundation of Canada (EFC) to support horse health at the Western College of Veterinary Medicineon the University of Saskatchewan campus has helped to raise another $20,000 through a matching gift program. “The Equine Foundation of Canada’s dedicated efforts to support horse health at the WCVM and at other Canadian veterinary colleges are exceptional,” said …

April 18th, 2011 Full story »