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New award supports graduating equine students

September 07th, 2023

A new equine scholarship for veterinary graduates had a flying start at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) spring awards program in early June. The Saskatchewan Speed Horses Association (SSHA) Award is a $3,000 scholarship that’s given to a student who is graduating from the college’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program. The annual award’s aim is to recognize …

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Noor, pre-surgery

Marathon surgery saves mare’s life

When Dr. James Carmalt examined the grey Arabian mare named Noor for the first time at the WCVM’s Veterinary Medical Centre last fall, the first thing that surprised him about the horse was her body condition. “You could tell that Mr. Abidi (her caregiver) had been working hard to ensure that she had the right type of feed available and …

December 12th, 2011 Full story »


Patching up Pearl

For equine surgeon Dr. Ryan Shoemaker of Sherwood Park, Alta., a typical day involves treating a wide variety of equine clients that often include high-end race horses and show horses. But the guiding principle for him and the other veterinarians at Delaney Veterinary Services Ltd. remains the same whether they’re working with valuable race horses or backyard ponies: No matter …

December 12th, 2011 Full story »

Dr. Chris Bell during surgery.

Excellent externships

After the last celebratory toast had been made and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Class of 2006 had paid off their grad party expenses, they were faced with a decision: what should they do with the leftover money? It was a problem that previous graduating classes had solved through donations to the WCVM or to the College’s Veterinary Medical …

November 29th, 2011 Full story »

Dr. Byrnne Rothwell

Saskatchewan veterinarians honoured

The Farm Animal Council of Saskatchewan (FAC) and the Saskatchewan Horse Federation (SHF) recently announced that Saskatchewan veterinarians, Drs. Betty Althouse (WCVM 1982) and Byrnne Rothwell (OVC 1964), have been selected to receive 2011 Equine Welfare Awards. Althouse, who has been awarded the Equine Welfare Communication Award of Distinction, serves as Veterinary Program Specialist – Disease Control for the Canadian …

April 12th, 2011 Full story »

Dr. Maryanne Sandberg

WCVM alumna joins 4-H Hall of Fame

Dr. Maryanne Sandberg, a 1975 WCVM graduate, will be inducted into the Alberta 4-H Hall of Fame in recognition of her many contributions over the past 25 years. The long-time veterinarian will be honoured on January 15 during the annual 4-H Leaders’ Conference in Red Deer, Alta. Sandberg, who has contributed to Alberta 4-H since 1987, has been involved with …

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