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Veterinary surgery life-long calling

July 25th, 2017

Like many veterinarians, Dr. Koji Aoki always knew what career path he wanted to follow. However, unlike most other vets, he had two very important mentors throughout his entire life – his mother and father, who are both veterinarians in Fukuoka, Japan. He grew up surrounded by pets – up to six Chihuahuas at a time – and Aoki’s older …

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Aussie vet excels in prairie research

Felicity Wills first fell in love with agriculture and its way of life as a young girl growing up on her family’s commercial beef cattle farm near the east coast of Australia. “I can remember going out with [my dad] to calve cows from a really early age, and he was always quite happy to get us involved and have …

June 12th, 2017 Full story »


One very fine bovine vet

A well-known veterinarian whose passion for his work has inspired generations of veterinary students is the 2017 Boehringer Ingelheim WCABP Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Fritz Schumann, a field service veterinarian with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Centre, received the award during the Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners’ annual conference in January. Drs. Brittany Wiese and …

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Anesthesiologists essential to patient care

Rounds, where each patient’s plan for the day is reviewed, begin at 8 a.m. The room is full of scrubs and sneakers and coffees. A dozen fourth-year veterinary students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are taking their clinical rotation through anesthesia for four weeks; each has a case plan written up that is presented to the panel …

February 07th, 2017 Full story »

New role pins Thomas to WCVM

Her surgical residency as the Townsend Equine Health Research Fund (TEHRF) fellow has wrapped up, but Dr. Keri Thomas is staying put — and she couldn’t be happier about it. During the last four years, Thomas has learned from large animal surgeons at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) while also navigating her own clinical and research work. Now …

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