University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

WCVM Student Handbook

The WCVM Student Experience

Student Government

The student body is organized through the Western Canadian Veterinary Students' Association (WCVSA). The objectives of the WCVSA are to:

The WCVSA promotes the interests and welfare of veterinary students with regard to educational, social and athletic life. The WCVSA oversees all the student-related matters and is governed by an Executive Council elected by the student body. The Executive is elected in the spring and meets periodically at the request of the President.

As well, general meetings are held once every quarter where the student body is encouraged to attend and actively participate. We encourage you to become an active member of your association.

WCVM Rabies Immunization Policy


The WCVM Rabies Immunization Policy is designed to ensure that all faculty, students and staff of the WCVM working with animals and animal tissues have the opportunity to be protected from exposure to rabies.


All faculty, students and staff at the WCVM and Prairie Diagnostic Services who are at risk of being exposed to rabies will be offered immunization against rabies or must accept liability by signing an appropriate release.

Rabies immunization will be available to all WCVM personnel.


  • Compliance with this policy.
  • Advising all personnel of the hazards of rabies as it applies to their position.
  • Ensuring that all personnel complete the Rabies Vaccination Form indicating whether or not they wish to be vaccinated against rabies.
  • Notifying the WCVM Rabies Program Co-ordinator whenever a new appointee or a person with a change of duties under his/her supervision requires immunization under this policy.
  • Strongly encouraging persons to be immunized against rabies at the time of hiring, or at the initiation of a project which may expose the individual to the disease.
  • Ensures that if a suspect or actual rabies case occurs, that the WCVM Rabies Program Co-ordinator receives a list of individuals involved, as soon as possible. All information regarding rabies exposure shall also be provided to the University Biosafety Office, as soon as possible.

Rabies Immunization for WCVM Students Employed at the College or University

WCVM undergraduate students who are employed, on a part-time or casual basis, at the College or University while in pursuit of their DVM degree are considered first and foremost to be students and thus will fall under the ‘student section' of the Rabies program and are therefore responsible for any costs associated with the WCVM Rabies Program.

First-year students admitted to the program will be considered a student as of the first day of classes.

Client-related Matters