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Encouraging Indigenous youth: Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program shares the science of caring for animals at UCalgary

Recently, First Nations, Métis and Inuit high school students connected with university scientists at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM), to take part in the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program. This scholarship program, now in its 10th year, gives students a week-long hands-on learning experience on university campuses. 

Quebec veterinarian strikes a partnership with two "dragons" on Radio-Canada's Dans l'œil du dragon (the French-language equivalent of Dragon's Den)

If you haven't yet heard about Euthabag®, chances are you will very soon – especially now that Dr. Céline Leheurteux, the veterinarian behind the first line of body bags designed specifically for companion animals, has had the opportunity to present her creation on Radio-Canada's Dans l'œil du dragon (the French-language equivalent of Dragon's Den). Dr. Leheurteux's passionate presentation struck an emotional chord with the "dragons," bringing one of them to tears, and securing a partnership with two of the other investors.

Ottawa surgical oncologist Dr. Julius Liptak performs pioneering procedure to save tumour-stricken family dog

A truly international effort, the procedure, described as a "world first," was carried out at Alta Vista Animal Hospital in Ottawa by surgical oncologist Dr. Julius Liptak, using a custom titanium maxillofacial implant designed by Voxelmed, based in Germany, and manufactured at the Additive Design in Surgical Solutions (ADEISS) centre in London, Ontario.

Tick tracking goes big with PetsandTicks.com, created by Drs. Scott Weese and Katie Clow

The original Canadian Pet Tick Tracker was launched by Dr. Scott Weese in 2016. Now, with the help of Dr. Katie Clow, the Pet Tick Tracker has become PetsandTicks.com – a complete site where people can get tracking results, research updates, news, and – of course! – submit information about a tick they’ve found. 

Dr. Betty Althouse, recipient of the Saskatchewan Premier's Award for Excellence in Public Service

Saskatchewan's chief veterinary officer, Dr. Betty Althouse, is a rare breed of public servant: one who not only knows the ins and outs of government regulations, policies and programs, but also understands firsthand the issues facing producers and veterinarians in the field.

A sign of things to come? Marijuana was the third most frequent cause of poisoning in dogs seen by Quebec veterinarians in 2017

According to a survey conducted by the association representing Quebec's companion animal veterinarians, the Association des médecins vétérinaires du Québec en pratique des petits animaux (AMVQ), marijuana was the third leading cause of poisoning in dogs presented for consultation or hospitalization in Quebec in 2017. Although the data for this study was collected in a single province, it may also reflect the situation in other parts of the country. Are we witnessing an emerging trend that could be a cause for concern?

2018 National Tick Awareness Month communication material answers pet owners' FAQs

March is National Tick Awareness Month (NTAM) in Canada – and once again the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), in partnership with Merck Animal Health, has created engaging communication material for veterinary clinics to share with pet owners.

Have you downloaded your 2018 NTAM communication material, yet? 

Straight from the horse’s mouth: Meet Canadian visionnary Dr. Dennis Rach, inventor of the PowerFloat

Equine dentistry presents a lot of challenges, and equine veterinarian Dennis Rach set out to solve an important one – floating. Starting with an ad-hoc drill-and-guard solution for one mare’s difficult mouth, he continually improved his design until he developed the PowerFloat. His is a story of passion, commitment, and problem-solving acumen.   

Step into her clinic on Animal Planet: Dr. Keri Hudson-Reykdal takes a TV crew along as she cares for pets across the Canadian Prairies

It all started with a Facebook friend’s idea, and now Dr. Keri Hudson-Reykdal is the star of the TV series Dr. Keri: Prairie Vet on Animal Planet. With her mobile veterinary hospital and TV crew in tow, Keri is introducing a whole new generation to the awesome realities of veterinary life.

WSAVA releases their first Dentistry Guidelines

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) recently unveiled their first-ever guidelines for veterinary dentistry. The guidelines are aimed at improving recognition of dental problems and diseases, increasing standards of care and pain management, and encouraging a greater emphasis on dentistry in veterinary education.