University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Visiting Lecturer and Visitorship Programs

Visiting lecturer and visitorship programs enable the WCVM community to hear and interact with prestigious scientists from around the world. These visitors enhance the College's undergraduate and graduate teaching programs, its research program, and its clinical and diagnostic services. On occasion, they also support continuing education programs for western veterinary associations.

The D.L.T. Smith Lecture is one of the most prestigious events of the academic year that's delivered annually in honour of the founding dean of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. The nominee shall have an outstanding reputation related to veterinary medicine, very broadly defined. The topic of the D.L.T. Smith Lecture is expected to be suitable for a diverse audience including students, faculty, clinical associates, support staff and private practitioners.

The D.L.T. Smith Visitorship Program provides support for visiting scientists and professors to facilitate short- and long-term working visits to the WCVM. The funding will help assist WCVM faculty in attracting esteemed researchers and/or professors with the ultimate goal of enriching WCVM’s scholarly, academic, clinical and service programs.  

D.L.T Smith Short Term Visitorship (up to four per year): Visitors normally spend two to 10 days at the College and are expected to become closely involved in the teaching, research and/or service programs.

D.L.T. Smith Long Term Visitorship (up to two per year): Visitors normally spend two months or more at the WCVM. The visitorship is targeted at visiting professors on sabbatical leave from their home institutions who are facilitating work with a research group or WCVM faculty. Although a maximum funding limit per visitor is not enforced, the D.L.T. Smith fund is not sufficient to support the entire stay of a long-term visitorship. However, it will provide a monthly honorarium to help cover expenses.

The John Gunion Rutherford Memorial Lecture, held biennially, commemorates the life of Canada's first Veterinary Director General. Nominees should be distinguished people in any discipline associated with animals or veterinary medicine. Speakers normally spend two or three days at the College.

The Michael Moxon Kaye Memorial Lecture is held biennially to commemorate Dr. Kaye, the College's first radiologist. Traditionally, the visiting lecturer has some association with veterinary medical imaging but individuals with a broader interest in veterinary medicine can be supported. Visits normally last for two or three days.

The Robert and Virginia Rausch Visiting Professorship facilitates visits by distinguished scientists in the areas of parasitology, zoonotic diseases or wildlife diseases. Dr. Rausch, a world-renowned parasitologist and mammalogist, was formerly Professor of Veterinary Microbiology at the WCVM. The professorships were established by Dr. Rausch and his wife.

J.G. O'Donoghue Memorial Lecture was established in 1981 honoring the late Dr. O'Donoghue, former Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Government of Alberta, to support lectures at the University of Alberta and the WCVM by outstanding veterinarians or scientists in related fields.

Please note: A general, college-wide public lecture is not necessarily required of visitors selected under the D.L.T. Smith Visitorship or the Rausch Visiting Professorships programs.

For more information, please contact:
Jackie Bahnmann
, Continuing Education Co-ordinator
Western College of Veterinary Medicine
Tel: 306-966-7108 • Fax: 306-966-7274

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