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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 »

SK student trades volleyball for vet med

Michal Pokraka was living the dream in 2013. After years of training camps and practices, he’d been chosen to play volleyball for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. But at the end of his first year with the team, he was forced to make a tough choice. “I’d been considering the different health-related fields, and I decided that I wanted a …

October 24th, 2016 Full story »

Global volunteering motivates B.C. student

A trip to Bali opened Adam Lichtensteiger’s eyes to the distressing number of stray dogs that were fending for their lives on the Indonesian island. Disturbed by what he had witnessed, Lichtensteiger decided to help. Although Bali doesn’t accept foreign volunteers, Lichtensteiger learned that he’d be welcome in Thailand – a country with similar problems. He signed up with Worldwide …

October 18th, 2016 Full story »

Manitoba student role model for community

When Samantha Bray found out that she’d been accepted as a veterinary student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), her students at Winnipeg’s Neeginan Learning and Literacy Centre celebrated along with her. “When I announced to my students that I’d been accepted, they were all so proud of me,” recalls Bray. “I think at that moment I took …

October 13th, 2016 Full story »