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Vet’s career heads straight to the heart

December 01st, 2021

Growing up in Portugal, Dr. Tiago Afonso always knew he wanted to be an equine veterinarian. “My uncle had a farm with horses, and he’s a mixed veterinarian in the back country of Portugal,” says Afonso, an assistant professor in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. “I used to spend all my weekends …

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Stall-side research

Mateo Castano Ospina, a veterinary student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), spent four months working as the Townsend Equine Health Research Fund (TEHRF) undergraduate summer research student. Each year, the equine research fund provides financial support for a veterinary student to work on a horse-health focused research project. “I think the program gives veterinary students a great …

November 09th, 2021 Full story »

Lucky Treasure

Bright-eyed and well developed, Treasure appeared to be a perfectly healthy foal except for one critical flaw: the black and white Gypsy Vanner filly had a steady dribble of urine running down her hind legs. That telltale trickle, along with significant urine scalding of the skin below her vagina, definitely put a stain on the filly’s future. Incontinence is expected …

March 31st, 2021 Full story »

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Swirski shines as equine advocate

Mikayla Swirski, a senior veterinary student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), was among 10 North American veterinary students rewarded for their dedication to equine health during the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) virtual convention in December 2020. Swirski was one of five Oakwood Foundation scholarship recipients, while another five students received Merck Animal Health Scholarships at …

March 21st, 2021 Full story »

Excelling at equine wound healing

Managing wounds in horses is challenging for horse owners and veterinarians alike. In many cases, equine wounds are slow to heal with the potential for unsightly scars and the production of an excess amount of granulation tissue, commonly known as “proud flesh.” For the past five years, researchers from the University of Saskatchewan (USask) have been working to determine whether …

November 12th, 2019 Full story »

Viral voyager

How do you describe something the naked eye can’t see and requires its own vocabulary to describe? That’s a challenge Dr. Kristen Conn regularly faces. As an assistant professor in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Conn hopes to advance the understanding of herpesviruses. While Conn started out studying herpes simplex virus (HSV) in humans, …

July 23rd, 2019 Full story »

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Job groomed student for vet school

This summer, Chantel Dunlop of Seven Sisters Falls, Man., was standing in a warm-up ring at Calgary’s Spruce Meadows when she read an email message confirming her acceptance into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). “I remember crying out, ’Oh my God!’, and I started to feel shaky,” says Dunlop, who was working as a groom for Olympic medallist …

October 10th, 2018 Full story »

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Hours in the saddle help B.C. vet in clinic

There’s a certain mystery to working in veterinary medicine, where each new patient can come as a kind of puzzle to solve — discovering the ins and outs of what makes them tick, unlocking whatever issue is at hand and sending them out the door happy and healthy once again. This process is also part of the reason why Dr. …

October 03rd, 2018 Full story »

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‘Lea Riddell, equine vet’

Dr. Lea Riddell has never really fit the mould of an equine veterinarian. A self-proclaimed “city girl,” Riddell was born and raised in Winnipeg, Man. — far from any farm or acreage and with no horses nearby. It wasn’t until she was given a pony riding lesson for her eighth birthday that she discovered her true love for horses. That …

September 26th, 2018 Full story »

Dr. Steve Manning

A life infused with horses

Dr. Steve Manning has enjoyed being around horses since he was a kid riding with the local Pony Club branch in his southern Ontario hometown. That interest prompted him to apply for a summer job with a local equine veterinarian – a move that led to his career choice. “I spent seven summers working in that clinic,” recalls Manning, associate …

August 17th, 2018 Full story »