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Couple’s fund relieves students’ money stress

April 20th, 2015

For many years of his veterinary career, Dr. Jim Smart travelled throughout rural Saskatchewan as a member of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Field Service team. As he chatted with the students who accompanied him on the calls, he discovered that many were stressed about money. “Jim learned that a lot of them had short-term financial difficulties, often …

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Drs. Jim and Meg Smart. Supplied photo.
RCMP officers donated to the WCVM's Good Samaritan Fund in honour of Rev who died on June 14, 2013.

Comrades honour RCMP police service dog

“Rev” was an RCMP police service dog that spent most of his life protecting and helping people in Western Canada. The dedicated, hard-working German shepherd was close to retirement when tragedy struck last spring: Rev was involved in a car accident near Saskatoon, Sask., and died of his injuries on June 14, 2013. “It was a bad car accident that …

December 22nd, 2013 Full story »

Wendy Christoff and Pfalstaff at the 2010 CDIO Aachen competition. Photo: Bob Langrish.

Love of horses embedded in riding, teaching

Wendy Christoff of Delta, B.C., loves horses. She’s been riding since she was eight years old, but the self-proclaimed “horse nut” found her true calling in 1979 when she watched a dressage demonstration by an acclaimed Canadian rider and Olympic competitor. “I’d always enjoyed trail riding and pleasure riding, but once I saw Inez Propfe-Credo’s demonstration at the Pacific National …

December 09th, 2013 Full story »

EFC members organize annual events such as the Sandy McNabb trail ride near Turner Valley, Alta. Photo courtesy of EFC.

Group backs equine health at grassroots level

The Equine Foundation of Canada (EFC) may be small, but in the past four decades, this grassroots group has managed to accomplish great things in support of horse health care in Canada. The volunteer organization has raised nearly $890,000 in donations that have supported a variety of organizations, people and projects in the past 30 years. The list of recipients …

October 30th, 2013 Full story »

Anka, the dog who never lost her smile

On February 3, 2012, our beautiful Norwegian elkhound Anka succumbed to complications from bladder cancer (transitional cell carcinoma or TCC) just a few weeks shy of her fifteenth birthday. Anka bravely fought her cancer for over two years. She never lost her smile through the operations, tests and treatments. And she never lost her unique ability to make every adult …

September 17th, 2013 Full story »