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Great blue heron heals at WCVM

October 26th, 2016

When a large bird fell from the sky in front of a woman walking in downtown Saskatoon, the quick thinking citizen brought it directly to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). The bird, dubbed “Fred” by clinicians at the WCVM’s Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC), was a juvenile great blue heron that likely hatched earlier this spring. Fred was emaciated …

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Forest-loving moose thriving on farmland

While populations of moose have been declining in much of their North American range, research from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) shows how these icons of the northern boreal forest are finding success by moving south into farmers’ fields. “Thirty years ago, seeing moose in the farmland of Saskatchewan would have been very rare but over time they …

June 16th, 2016 Full story »

Fungus threatens salamanders and newts

The fate of the world’s richest biodiversity of salamanders and newts is in the hands of pet owners across North America, said Natacha Hogan, an environmental toxicologist specializing in amphibians at the University of Saskatchewan. At issue is salamander chytrid disease, caused by a fungus that infects both salamanders and newts with near total lethality. The fungus, known as B.sal, …

June 03rd, 2016 Full story »

Bolt flies free

Dr. Brandy Kragness let go of the wild bird she had cared for all winter and watched “Bolt” swiftly launch himself into the wind, flying strong and sure across the stubble field. It was an exhilarating moment for Kragness, a clinical intern in zoological, exotic and wildlife medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre. She …

May 11th, 2016 Full story »

Phoenix the panda visits the WCVM

Phoenix the red panda recently visited the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) for a check-up and received a clean bill of health from wildlife veterinarians. The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo have launched a video that details a general medical exam at the WCVM’s Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC). “The opportunity to create this unique video highlights the longstanding partnership …

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