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April 23rd, 2023

In January, equine-focused graduate students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) participated in a “lightning rounds” session — part of the college’s annual EquineED Talks series. Each student gave a five-minute talk summarizing their research for an online audience of horse owners and enthusiasts. Click here to watch the WCVM “lightning rounds” webinar Click here to view the WCVM …

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Dr. Hugh Townsend

Townsend earns seat in equine hall of fame

A lifetime of working to enhance the health and welfare of horses across Canada has earned a place of honour in the Saskatchewan Horse Federation’s (SHF) Hall of Fame for University of Saskatchewan (USask) alumnus and professor emeritus Dr. Hugh Townsend (DVM). Townsend, who spent most of his 42-year career as a veterinary clinician, educator and researcher at the Western …

March 10th, 2023 Full story »


Galloping Gazette: October 2022

A round-up of equine-related news at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).   Equine internships for WCVM graduates After graduating from the WCVM’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree program in June, six members of the WCVM’s Class of 2022 began one-year clinical internships at equine-focused veterinary practices in Western Canada and the United States. Dr. Chantel Dunlop of …

October 08th, 2022 Full story »


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 »


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 »


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 »