The Western College of Veterinary Medicine and its Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) have established partnerships with local and Saskatchewan-based organizations as well as with associations and groups in Canada and the United States.
These relationships are fundamental to the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre's operations as a teaching hospital as well as a referral centre for western Canadian veterinarians.
The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre works closely with the Saskatoon SPCA and the City of Saskatoon in several areas.
- Spay-neuter program: Each year, senior WCVM veterinary students perform hundreds of spay and neuter procedures on cats and dogs that are in the SPCA's care. While the program allows third- and fourth-year students to gain additional surgical practice time and enriched training before graduation, the SPCA is more successful in finding homes for spayed and neutered animals. The program helps the City of Saskatoon control the number of unwanted animals plus it helps adoptive pet owners in the local area.
- Dental care: As part of their fourth-year dental rotations, senior veterinary students examine cats and dogs from the SPCA.
- Emergency care: The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre offers emergency care at reduced costs to the SPCA on a case-by-case basis.
- Subsidized spay and neuter program: The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre participates in the City of Saskatoon's subsidized spay and neuter program that supports lower-income pet owners.
For more information, please visit the Saskatoon SPCA website.
The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is the premier centre of veterinary education, research and expertise in Western Canada and a key member of Canada's veterinary, public health and food safety network.While the WCVM's Veterinary Medical Centre plays an integral role in educating future veterinarians and specialists, the teaching hospital has also become a dynamic centre for primary health care, for specialized veterinary services and for health care research that benefits animals as well as humans.
- Education: The recently expanded facility, which includes a Large Animal Clinic, Small Animal Clinic and Field Service, is a vital part of the WCVM’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and combined graduate-clinical residency programs. The VMC provides future veterinary practitioners and specialists with hands-on experience in diagnosing and treating a wide variety of animal species.
- Clinical services: The medical centre’s clinical services are available to all western Canadian animal owners, whether they’re horse owners living near Abbotsford, B.C., or pet owners living in the suburbs of Saskatoon, Sask. The VMC offers primary clinical services such as vaccinations and regular checkups, plus it provides a range of specialized services including medical imaging, internal medicine, surgery, oncology, dentistry, ophthalmology, reproduction services, acupuncture and rehabilitation. It also offers 24-hour emergency and critical care and serves as the referral centre for veterinarians across Western Canada.
- Health research: As WCVM researchers continue to investigate new diagnostic techniques and improved treatment methods for animals, the VMC serves an important role in these research initiatives. Its diverse patient caseload, which includes challenging referral cases from across the four western provinces, provides a large number of real-life veterinary cases for innovative clinical trials as well as for prospective and retrospective studies at the WCVM.
For more information, visit the WCVM web site.
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is the national voice for the veterinary profession dedicated to serving and representing the veterinarians of Canada. The CVMA is committed to excellence within the profession and to the well-being of animals. It promotes public awareness of the contribution of animals and veterinarians to society.
Accreditation of the WCVM and its WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre is the responsibility of the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA-COE) in collaboration with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.
AVMA-CVMA accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for veterinary medical education in the U.S. and Canada. AVMA/CVMA-accredited veterinary institutions have completed a stringent, comprehensive peer review to ensure their commitment to quality and continuous improvement.
The WCVM and the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre hold the status of full accreditation with the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) Council on Education and the CVMA. The next accreditation site visit will take place at the WCVM in 2017.
In addition to accreditation, the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre relies on the CVMA's national resources and guidance on a variety of animal health-related issues.
For more information, please visit the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association web site.
The Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association (SVMA) is dedicated to the protection of the public by ensuring the proficiency, competency and ethical behavior of its members in the practice of veterinary medicine.
The SVMA promotes veterinarians and veterinary medicine. The association supports the physical, personal, financial and professional well-being of its members through continuing education and professional interaction.
The SVMA regulates the veterinary profession in the province of Saskatchewan through the licensing of veterinarians, approval of practices and disciplining of members as required.
For more information, visit the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association web site.
The Saskatchewan Horse Federation (SHF) provides leadership and co-ordination among recognized equine and equestrian organizations in the province.
In addition, the SHF provides liaison with similar provincial equine councils as well as the Coaching Association of Canada, Canadian Federation of Provincial Horse Organizations, Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada, Equine Canada and with any other related national body as may exist for the conduct of sport, recreation and horse industry initiatives in Canada. The SHF also strives to raise the standards of care and handling of all horses in Saskatchewan.
For more information, please visit the Saskatchewan Horse Federation web site.
Since 1977, the Equine Health Research Fund (EHRF) has had a tremendous influence on the quality of horse health care that’s available in Western Canada and around the world. The research fund has also played a major role in making the Western College of Veterinary Medicine a national centre for horse health research and specialized training.
The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre provides the clinical facilities and resources for many of the equine health research studies that are supported by the EHRF. The VMC is also the training ground for future veterinarians and specialists who have a clinical interest in equine health.
In return, findings from EHRF-backed investigations have led to a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic advances in horse health care that are now used at the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre — and throughout the world.
For more information, please visit the Equine Health Research Fund web site.
Since 1978, the Companion Animal Health Fund has supported specialized veterinary training, innovative research and the introduction of new technology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).
Each year, the Fund provides members of WCVM’s faculty and graduate students with an average of $70,000 in funding to support a range of companion animal health research studies. As well, the Fund contributes to the specialized training of graduate students through its annual research fellowship program. Another major goal for the Fund is to contribute to the purchase of vital equipment and new technologies at the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC).
The VMC provides the clinical facilities and resources for many of the companion animal health research studies that are supported by the CAHF. The VMC is also the training ground for future veterinarians and specialists who have a clinical interest in companion animals.
In return, findings from CAHF-backed investigations have led to a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic advances in pet health care that are now used at the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre — and throughout the world.For more information, please visit the Companion Animal Health Fund web site.
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is an international association of more than 42,000 veterinary care providers who treat companion animals.
Established in 1933, AAHA is well known among veterinarians and pet owners for its standards for hospitals and pet health care. Approximately 3,200 veterinary hospitals voluntarily participate in the AAHA hospital evaluation program. Consultants regularly visit these hospitals to ensure compliance with AAHA’s standards for services and facilities.
AAHA is the only organization that accredits animal hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. AAHA-accredited hospitals voluntarily choose to be evaluated on 900 standards in the following areas:
- quality of care
- diagnostic and pharmacy
- medical records
The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre is an AAHA-accredited general practice as well as an AAHA-accredited referral practice:
- An AAHA-accredited general practice is a veterinary facility where owners can take their pets for preventive services including vaccinations, wellness care, dental care and common surgical procedures.
- An AAHA-accredited referral practice is required to have board-certified veterinary specialists on staff. Board-certified specialists have graduated from veterinary school, completed several additional years in an intership and residency program, and have passed rigorous training and testing in specific areas such as surgery, internal medicine, cardiology and neurology.
For more information, visit the American Animal Hospital Association web site.
The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre is an associate member of Partners for Healthy Pets, an organization that was created to ensure pets receive the preventive health care they deserve through regular veterinary visits.
Led by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association, Partners for Healthy Pets is a collaborative alliance of more than 100 veterinary associations, colleges of veterinary medicine and animal health companies all committed to a vision of improved overall health for pets.
Partners for Healthy Pets is dedicated to helping veterinary professionals provide the best preventive health care by:
- addressing the increasing prevalence of serious diseases and the declining health of all pets
- enhancing pet owners' perceived value of preventive veterinary care
- ensuring regular veterinary visits become the norm
- increasing the understanding of the veterinarians' central role in the health and happiness of pets
- making increasing preventive healthcare of cats a priority.
For more information, visit the Partners for Healthy Pets website.