Established in 1963, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine serves as a regional veterinary college for Canada's four western provinces and the northern territories. As one of Canada's five veterinary colleges, the College is a key member of the country's public health and food safety networks.
The College's regional responsibilities for providing veterinary education, expertise and research to western Canadians are officially recognized in the Interprovincial Agreement — a unique document that is discussed, updated and renewed by the four western provinces and the WCVM every five years.
Since the College's first class graduated in 1969, more than 2,500 western Canadians have gained a high-quality, comprehensive veterinary education at WCVM. Many WCVM graduates practise in communities across Western Canada and the North. WCVM alumni can also be found in other provinces and countries where they work in all aspects of veterinary medicine including research, academia, industry and the public service.
As well, the WCVM is home to a thriving graduate studies program that spans a wide range of research areas in animal health, biomedical sciences, toxicology and environmental health.
The College's Veterinary Medical Centre is a state-of-the-art facility where undergraduate and graduate students can develop their clinical and diagnostic skills. The teaching hospital serves as Western Canada's premier referral centre with the latest in advanced diagnostic and treatment options for animal health care such as magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography and cobalt radiation. Each year, the teaching hospital provides care for approximately 15,900 cases through its large animal and small animal clinics, and through its field service unit.
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The Western College of Veterinary Medicine is part of the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The U of S is the only Canadian university campus with a full complement of health sciences, agriculture and engineering colleges.
The U of S is also home to Canada's only synchrotron that includes a biomedical imaging and therapy beam line for research and clinical applications in animal and human health. Another key facility is the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), a world leader in the research and development of vaccine and immunotherapeutic technologies for humans and animals.
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