University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine


Companion Animal Health Care and Management

Companion animal health research is a growing interest area that involves a dynamic group of WCVM researchers from a wide variety of specialized disciplines.

Research activities cover subjects such as the refinement of minimally-invasive surgery techniques and investigations of infectious and vector-borne diseases. WCVM-based scientists are involved in studies of genetic conditions in the disciplines of internal medicine and ophthalmology, while other projects focus on improved diagnostic testing for cancer, signs of endotoxemia and acute abdominal pain. New WCVM faculty members are also developing projects in the specialized areas of veterinary oncology, dentistry, anesthesia, and emergency and critical care.

What's exciting is the growing number of collaborative research teams that focus on pet health issues. Researchers in basic sciences are joining forces with clinicians at the WCVM as well as in human medicine to tackle multi-layered health problems in pets - such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases and antibiotic resistance - whose solutions may offer potential alternatives to human health researchers.

The WCVM's Companion Animal Health Fund has provided key support for many of the College's small animal-related research projects for more than three decades. Research teams have also been successful in securing funding from pet food and pharmaceutical companies. Pet health organizations such as the Morris Animal Foundation have also supported projects, plus WCVM researchers have attracted funding from human health groups for translational health studies.

Companion animal health: feline research