The color coded maps at the main entrance, first and second
floors are intended to help newcomers and visitors orientate themselves to the
Veterinary Building. All doors to the Veterinary Building will be opened at
7:30 a.m. and locked at 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday inclusive, and from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00
p.m. on Saturdays.
Students in the DVM program are issued an outside door key.
The entrance doors to be used at the WCVM are as
The main entrance doors on the south side of the Veterinary
Building leading to the first floor (directly under the ramp) and to the second
floor (via the ramp).
The East entrance is located south of the Small Animal
Clinic. Please refrain from using
the Veterinary Teaching Hospital entrance doors.
With the exception of the clinic and services entrances,
all other outside doors are locked at all times.
Access to the building cannot be gained through emergency
All students, faculty and staff who have been assigned
keys for their particular areas will have access to those areas at any time.
Should you detect any breach of the security regulations in the building at any
time, you are asked to telephone the Campus Security officer at 306-966-5555.
Faculty, staff and students are to ensure that, when leaving the
building "after hours" on evenings and on weekends and statutory
holidays, the exit door closes properly and securely.
Protocols for Clinical Areas: Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) Policies
VTH Dress Code: Students
are expected to dress professionally. Clean white laboratory coats or coveralls and nametags must be
worn. Clean blue lab coats are
worn when dressed in surgery scrubs and leaving the hospital area. WCVM
picture identification badges must be worn at all times. Clothing and shoes/boots should be neat
and clean. No blue jeans or shorts
are permitted. Footwear is to be
closed toe and heel.
VTH Medical Records and Client Confidentiality: The
health record of any patient of the VTH is a legal document. All matters related to a patient's
record and clinical condition are strictly confidential and may be communicated
only among VTH staff and students involved in the care of the animal (including
participants in rounds and other classes) or to the animal's owner or their
authorized agent. Students have
access to information (client financial/personal) within our computer database,
which is also highly confidential. This information is not to be disclosed to anyone.
Hospital Residence: The
Hospital residence is locked at all times. Fourth-year students will be issued keys by the VTH Office
and will be required to provide a $10 deposit which will be refunded when the
key is returned.
Sharps and Syringes Disposal: All sharps and syringes are to be disposed in a sealed plastic
container and a Hazardous Waste Disposal Form must be completed, describing the
contents. These containers must be boldly labeled "SHARPS or CONTAMINATED
SYRINGES FOR INCINERATION."
The Veterinary Library
The Veterinary Medical Library supports the teaching
program of the College and acts as a central repository of reference material
pertinent to animal medicine for Western Canada. The library has a large
reading room with adjacent areas for reference materials, current periodical
display and books. A room towards the back of the library houses the reserve
collection, photocopiers, microfilm and vertical file. On the mezzanine level,
there is another reading area, journals and a number of study carrels.
Computers provide access to the online catalogue (to find
books and journals that we have), networked and local databases (to find
journal articles that we may or may not have), and other information sources
(electronic reference books, other libraries' catalogues). Library staff can
provide training on how to use the various electronic resources.
The library subscribes to all major veterinary journals
and many journals related to biological or medical sciences. Services offered
by the library include: reference, circulation and interlibrary loan.
Use of the Smith Room: Guidelines
The Smith Room was officially opened on June 2, 1982, and
was named in honour of Dr. D.L.T. Smith — the first Dean of the WCVM — and Dr. Smith's
father. Dean Nielsen praised these
two men for exemplifying to students, both past and present, "the ideals
of service and a quest for knowledge." He added that the Smith Room "is
not only the physical heart of the College, but its spiritual heart as
At that time Dr. Smith expressed the hope that people would use the
room to find peace and quiet, and to restore faith in themselves and mankind. In light of Dr. Smith's wishes, it's appropriate that this room be a place for
quiet meditation in which the following guidelines apply:
quiet personal visits, not meetings.
soft music may be appropriate.
resting is permitted, but only with the lights on.
food and beverages are not permitted.
furniture is not be rearranged.
Who to Call in Case of Emergency
Safety of human life is the prime purpose of the following procedures:
Pull an alarm station. This will notify the Fire Department and