The Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Centre serves as the referral centre for veterinarians who practise across Western Canada.
Q. How do I refer a non-emergency patient to the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre?
You or your client may schedule an appointment with one of the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre's clinical services during regular clinic hours. If your client is scheduling the appointment, please ask your client to let our staff know that this is a referral. Our staff will require the your name and your veterinary clinic's name so we can ensure that you receive information about the case.
As a referring veterinarian, you will receive a final written report after the case is discharged from the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre.
Q. What information do I need to provide the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre?
1. Complete the appropriate WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre Referral Form for your client and your referred patient. Please click on the following links to download the correct referral form:
2. You or client can call the Small Animal Clinic or Large Animal Clinic during business hours to schedule an appointment.
3. Email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to the appropriate clinical service (visit Making an Appointment for fax numbers). As a referring veterinarian, you will receive a final written report after the case is discharged.
4. Email radiographic images and/or laboratory work (in jpeg or PDF format) to email@example.com.
Q. How do I refer an emergency case to the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre?
If a referred patient is an emergency case, please send your patient and client on their way to the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre. Next, please call the appropriate clinic reception area to provide more details and the client’s estimated arrival time.
Please inform your client that WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre will charge emergency fees. In the case of emergency surgery, the VMC will also charge emergency call-back fees.
If a specialty clinician is unavailable, referred emergency patients will be accepted by a clinical intern or a resident under the supervision of the senior clinician on duty. As a referring veterinarian, you will receive a final written report after the case is discharged.
Q. Can I arrange to have a specific WCVM faculty member see my referral case?
The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre is staffed by faculty who also have teaching, research and additional responsibilities. As a result, referral cases must be seen by the clinicians on duty rather than by a specific faculty member. This is the case even if you have spoken to a specific faculty member and they have encouraged you to refer the case to the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre.
Q. Where is the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre located?
The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre is located on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Visit a map showing the location of the medical centre on the U of S campus:
Small Animal Clinic:
Large Animal Clinic: