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SHF awards vet for equine welfare

April 24th, 2023

During the Saskatchewan Horse Federation’s (SHF) annual conference in March 2023, the organization honoured veterinarian Dr. Nathalie Reisbig for her outstanding dedication to equine welfare. Reisbig joined the Equine Field Service team at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre in May 2022. Originally from Norway, Reisbig was a racehorse trainer and a FEI (International Federation for …

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jessie in the VMC

Life after laminitis

If you call Bob Wood, you’ll likely hear birds singing in the background. Before his mare Jessie got sick, Wood could usually be found out in his pasture with his two horses, two dogs and one cat by his side. “We were the joke of the area … ’cause all of us would be walking and hanging together in the …

October 06th, 2022 Full story »


How to manage hoof abscesses

Every equine veterinarian is familiar with this kind of call: an owner goes out to do the morning feed and finds a severely lame horse that can’t bear any weight on one leg. The client calls the vet in a panic, fearing the worst — a broken leg or a life-threatening injury. But those same signs could indicate a less …

March 06th, 2022 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 »

A life with horses

It takes a special kind of person to love large animal field service duty — a job that’s notorious for difficult patients, all-night hours, and physical exhaustion. But for Dr. Kate Robinson, it’s all in a day’s work. She recently completed a three-year residency in equine field service at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Centre. During that …

July 23rd, 2013 Full story »