Elisabeth Snead

    Dr. Elisabeth Snead

    Small animal medicine, professor

    • Phone Number  Small Animal Clinic 306-966-7126


    Dr. Elisabeth (Liz) Snead is a board-certified specialist in small animal internal medicine at the Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) and a professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Her clinical practice involves dealing with internal medicine disorders in cats and dogs.

    Dr. Snead was born in England and her family lived in many different countries before settling in rural Alberta for 15 years. She attended high school in England before returning to Canada to complete a zoology degree from the University of Calgary and her veterinary degree from the WCVM in 1999.

    Dr. Snead then moved to Mesa, Ariz. and took part in a rotating small animal internship in a busy private general and referral practice at Pet’s Choice Hospital. She went on to complete a three-year residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Prince Edward Island. She returned to join the WCVM faculty in 2003.

    Dr. Snead’s areas of clinical research are mostly feline-based. They include infectious diseases in cats; how to make bone marrow procedures less painful in cats; investigating better treatments and the reasons why some cats with diabetes mellitus go into remission while others do not; and investigating better methods for determining kidney function in cats.Her canine research has involved investigating the effects of age and obesity on arterial blood gas parameters and the clinical description of a rare myopathy in Labrador retrievers.

    Dr. Snead teaches clinical communications to veterinary students using simulated clients. She also teaches WCVM students about low-stress restraint techniques for handling cats in a clinical setting. She is the director of the Feline Hyperthyroid program as well as the Canine and Feline Blood Donor programs at the VMC.

    Dr. Snead is an avid hiker and her favourite areas include the Alberta and B.C. Rocky Mountains. Her hobbies include reading novels and watching British crime dramas. She shares her home with two cats, her dog Gryphon and her husband — artist Jonathon Bowser.

    For more information about Dr. Snead's teaching and research interests, please visit Dr. Snead's profile page on the Western College of Veterinary Medicine web site.

    Academic Credentials

    • BSc, University of Calgary
    • DVM, University of Saskatchewan (1999)
    • MSc, University of Prince Edward Island (2002)
    • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine