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Launch of Canada's first centre of expertise on animal health and welfare

The Université de Montréal's Faculté de médecine vétérinaire recently launched the Centre d'expertise en santé et bien-être animal (CESA), Canada's first research and academic centre focused on bringing together key players dedicated to promoting sustainable animal health and welfare.

Royal Canin Canada was one of this year’s sponsors at the 2018 International Conference on Communication in Veterinary Medicine

We had the opportunity to catch up with Susie Elliott, Trade Marketing Manager for Royal Canin Canada’s Weight Loss Portfolio. Watch the 2-minute video in which she discusses Royal Canin’s commitment to ICCVM, the connection between food and communication, and how food plays an essential role in keeping pets happy and healthy.

New spring/summer issue of OVC Pet Trust's Best Friends magazine now available

From getting puppies off to a good start, to exploring how discoveries in veterinary healthcare can benefit all species (including ours!) and helping pet parents cope with the loss of their loyal companion (among other things), the most recent of issue of OVC Pet Trust's Best Friends magazine is a compelling read for anyone who cares for –and about – companion animals (in other words, you, your team and your clients). It's also a great way to find out more about OVC Pet Trust and the far-reaching benefits of the innovative research and projects it supports.

Dr. Alice Crook from P.E.I. honoured with prestigious International Animal Welfare Award

Congratulations to Dr. Alice Crook, the coordinator of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre at the Atlantic Veterinary College in P.E.I., for being one of five recipients of the International Animal Welfare Award from the World Veterinary Association in conjunction with CEVA. This prestigious award recognizes Dr. Crook’s work over the past 25 years to promote animal welfare through research, service and education.

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?