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Horse Health Lines (Spring 2021)

March 21st, 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 …

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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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Tour time for horse enthusiasts

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is offering a tour of its equine health facilities and resources on Friday morning, Feb. 14, as part of the 2020 Saskatchewan Equine Expo’s attractions. The equine health tour will take place at the WCVM’s Veterinary Medical Centre — the veterinary referral facility for all of Western Canada and the only veterinary teaching …

October 23rd, 2019 Full story »

WCVM opens equine ICU and foal centre

A new centre that will allow equine specialists to provide the best possible care for mares and foals and other sick horses is now open at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). The new Rae-Dawn Arabians Equine Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Foal Centre was made possible by a generous gift from Murray and Shirley Popplewell, who are long-time …

June 08th, 2017 Full story »

Veterinary students Kirsten Henderson (left) and Alison Williams (right) assist Dr. Julia Montgomery during a tracheal wash procedure. Photo: Christina Weese.

CFI funds four U of S research projects

Four University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researchers have been awarded $393,000 to support projects to develop high-capacity mobile telecommunications devices, bacteria-based cleanup of petroleum contamination, a mobile lab to study and treat lung health in horses, and equipment to catalogue the trillions of microorganisms that live within us. The funding, through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), provides 40 …

August 03rd, 2015 Full story »

Sarah Medill records location and descriptions of a band of horses on Sable Island. Photo: Kathrine Stewart.

Where the wild horses are

As a horse lover, Sarah Medill has found the perfect PhD research job. For the past three summers, she has been part of a University of Saskatchewan research team studying the more than 500 wild horses of Sable Island, a beautiful but remote Nova Scotian island declared a National Park Reserve last year. The unique herd, legally protected since the …

September 23rd, 2014 Full story »

The equine-focused SCI-FI VetMed Camp includes a session in the WCVM's anatomy lab. Photo: Myrna MacDonald.

Enter our horse health care video contest!

Are you a Grade 7, 8 or 9 student who is interested in horses? Want to go to SCI-FI VetMed Camp at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) this summer? The WCVM’s Equine Health Research Fund (EHRF) wants to know “How do you take care of your horse?” Enter our competition for a chance to win one of two …

May 28th, 2014 Full story »

Left to right: Harley Olsen, Jim Boire, Dr. James Montgomery and Dr. Julia Montgomery.

WCVM profs help win third at tech challenge

Two Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) faculty members are part of a new company that received third place for its horse lift system at the University of Saskatchewan’s annual Tech Venture Challenge on May 22. Dr. James Montgomery and his wife, Dr. Julia Montgomery, paired up with Jim Boire and Harley Olsen of RMD Engineering Inc. earlier this year to form …

May 26th, 2014 Full story »

Spruce Meadows' famous tribute to Olympic gold medallist Hickstead was a must-see for WCVM students during their Alberta tour.

Vet students visit Alberta equine centres

Horses are what led me to veterinary medicine. One of the first times I put the two together was during a visit to Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alta. I was in awe of the racetrack’s equine athletes — and that’s when I began wanting to pursue a career in performance horse medicine. Of course, I have a lot of questions about …

March 25th, 2014 Full story »

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

Around the WCVM: October 2013

Here’s a roundup of news briefs covering recent equine-related activities and achievements of student, faculty, staff, alumni and others who are linked to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Equine scholarships: Fourth-year student, Becky Gilday of Carvel, Alta., was the recipient of an educational scholarship sponsored by the Alberta Equestrian Federation and Capri Insurance. The $1,500 annual scholarship is …

October 19th, 2013 Full story »