University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

The College: Administration

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is organized into five academic departments, plus the WCVM Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Dean's Office.

Dean's Office, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
The Dean's Office includes the dean, associate dean, academic and associate dean, research. Other members of the Dean's Office act as a support team for the deans' group in finance, human resources, admissions, student services, development, research, administration and communications.

Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
The health of food animals, horses and specialized livestock is the focal point for the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. The department's faculty members provide training opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels in large animal medicine, surgery, theriogenology, epidemiology, food safety, public health, zoonoses and other specialized areas related to large animal health care.

Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences provides teaching, research and expertise in small animal medicine, surgery, reproduction and specialized disciplines including ophthalmology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, dentistry, and wildlife and exotic animal medicine. A number of faculty members also provide clinical services and expertise for large animals in shared areas such as ophthalmology, anesthesiology, medical imaging, nutrition and dentistry.

Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences
Faculty in the Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences are involved in teaching gross, microscopic and developmental anatomy, neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology and toxicology to undergraduate veterinary students. The department's graduate programs link graduate students with faculty members whose research interests range from cardiovascular physiology, stress physiology, gastrointestinal biochemistry and toxicology to pulmonary pathobiology, neuroscience, pharmacology and reproductive biology.

Department of Veterinary Microbiology
The Department of Veterinary Microbiology provides teaching and research expertise in the areas of bacteriology, epidemiology, immunology, parasitology, virology and molecular biology. Faculty members operate research programs and participate in research collaborations that have generated nationally- and internationally-recognized findings. 

Department of Veterinary Pathology
The Department of Veterinary Pathology is the College's source of teaching, research and diagnostic services in all aspects of veterinary pathology. Many of the department's faculty members are actively involved in the College's anatomic and clinical pathology diagnostic services. These activities, which provide a wide range of case material, enrich the department's clinical and laboratory teaching programs as well as its research programs.

Veterinary Medical Centre
The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre is a state-of-the-art facility where undergraduate and graduate students can develop their clinical and diagnostic skills. Our teaching hospital serves as Western Canada's premier referral centre with the latest in advanced diagnostic and treatment options for animal health care.

WCVM Executive Committee

Members of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's executive committee include representatives of the Dean's Office and heads of the veterinary college's five departments and veterinary medical centre.

The executive committee provides leadership for the veterinary college's overall operations, programs and activities. Its members are also involved in developing the College's future plans in conjunction with the University of Saskatchewan's Integrated Planning process.

Dr. Douglas Freeman, Dean

Dr. Elisabeth Snead, Acting Associate Dean, Research

Dr. Chris Clark, Acting Associate Dean, Academic

Ralph Hildebrandt, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations

Dr. John Campbell, Head, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Dr. Cindy Shmon, Head, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Dr. Gillian Muir, Head, Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Janet Hill, Head, Department of Veterinary Microbiology

Dr. Susantha Gomis, Head, Department of Veterinary Pathology

Dr. Duncan Hockley, Director, Veterinary Medical Centre

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