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WCVM alumna new AAEP president

December 08th, 2021

Dr. Emma Read, a 1998 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), is the new president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) for a one-year term. Read, who is associate dean for professional programs at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, was installed as AAEP president on Dec. 7 during the organization’s annual convention …

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What makes horses tick?

In mid-February, western Canadian horse owners will have the chance to meet Dr. Sue McDonnell and learn more about equine behavior during the 2020 Saskatchewan Equine Expo in Saskatoon, Sask. The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) has invited McDonnell to visit Saskatoon for several educational events — including a public seminar from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. …

January 23rd, 2020 Full story »

Studying the airway microbiome in horses

Veterinary researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are investigating whether certain bacterial populations in a horse’s windpipe can contribute to a respiratory disease called recurrent airway obstruction (RAO). More commonly known as heaves, RAO can be triggered by something as simple as feeding poor quality hay to a horse. Exposure to dust, mouldy hay, ammonia fumes and fungal …

February 04th, 2015 Full story »

WCVM team researches septic arthritis

Dr. Andres Sanchez of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) hopes to prove that a protein called serum amyloid A is a valuable tool for monitoring the healing progress while treating septic arthritis in horses. Besides the skills he has gained as a large animal surgical resident and researcher over the past few years, Sanchez has learned a thing or …

November 26th, 2014 Full story »

EHRF Research Grants, 2013-14

Is fine needle aspiration an option for diagnosing equine skin disease? Drs. Bruce Wobeser and Hilary Burgess Skin disease, including both skin cancers and inflammatory conditions, is common in horses. Fine needle aspiration (FNA) is a technique commonly used to diagnose similar conditions in companion animals. It involves inserting a needle into the skin and extracting cells for microscopic observation. …

September 19th, 2013 Full story »

Vital animal health projects receive funding

Two longtime research funds have directed more than $170,000 in funding to researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in support of vital pet and equine health research projects. The Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) is investing more than $67,000 in eight pet health projects while the Equine Health Research Fund (EHRF) will provide eight teams of equine …

May 22nd, 2013 Full story »

Trail rider in Saskatchewan

The tick factor

Like many Saskatchewan residents, I’ve have had to resign myself to dealing with ticks in recent years. Slowly but surely, ticks appear to be creeping into parts of the province that were previously (and blissfully) tick-free. The first tick I ever encountered was flung clear across the room in horror (never to be seen again). But I’ve since become a …

July 02nd, 2012 Full story »

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Paton: “It’s not just treating horses”

Dr. David Paton always enjoyed working around large animals while growing up on the family dairy farm in Ladner, B.C. But it was the influence of their local veterinarian, Dr. Gordon Davis, that sparked his interest in veterinary medicine and developed his focus on horses. “He was just an outstanding and astute horseman as well as veterinarian – I think …

May 18th, 2012 Full story »

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Easing the grief through memorial tributes

When Jim Dobie lost his golden retriever Angus to cancer in 1996, he was surprised and touched to learn that his veterinarian, Dr. Lloyd Abbey (WCVM ’77) of Edmonton, Alta., had made a memorial donation to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) on his behalf. “I certainly never expected that and didn’t even know such …

May 15th, 2012 Full story »

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Quick tick facts

“Know your enemy” is a well-known military maxim that’s also good advice for people on the Canadian Prairies who are seeing increasing populations of tick species in the region. Here are some quick facts about ticks and tick-borne diseases: Ticks, like spiders and mites, have eight legs in their mature form (as adults) and are members of the class Arachnida. …

May 11th, 2012 Full story »