province adds more spaces for veterinary students | Spare News

The Government of Saskatchewan announced in late September that it was taking steps to help meet the growing need for veterinarians across the province, particularly for large animal and mixed animal vets in rural Saskatchewan.

In 2023-24, the province will increase the number of subsidized student spaces from 20 to 25 at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

“This investment will allow more Saskatchewan students to receive a high-quality veterinary education right here in Saskatchewan,” Advanced Education Minister Gordon Wyant said in a news release. “We are grateful to have WCVM in our backyard to educate more students who will provide much needed veterinary services across the province.”

In 2022-23, the Government of Saskatchewan will provide $11.9 million to WCVM. The new commitment to add seats will mean an investment of $539,000 in 2023-2024, increasing annually to $2.2 million by 2026-2027 when fully implemented during the PhD program in four years of veterinary medicine.

“Today’s investment in additional student spaces demonstrates our government’s commitment to addressing the shortage of veterinarians in the province,” said Agriculture Minister David Marit. “This initiative, along with the expansion of the Saskatchewan Loan Forgiveness for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technologists, will ensure farmers have access to the veterinary experts they need to provide the highest level of care for their animals.

The WCVM is an internationally renowned center for veterinary education, research and clinical expertise located on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

“I’m really excited about the future of veterinary medicine in Saskatchewan. I think this is a great opportunity for our province, especially with the shortage of veterinarians,” said Jackson Goudy, a second-year veterinary student at WCVM in Stoughton, Sask., and president-elect of the Medical Students Association. western Canadian veterinarian. “It’s a great way to increase the number of veterinarians providing animal health care in Saskatchewan.”

“We welcome this commitment from our provincial partners which will help meet Western Canada’s urgent need for more veterinarians in rural and urban communities,” said WCVM Dean Dr. Gillian Muir. “Provincial support is helping more Saskatchewan students realize their dream careers in veterinary medicine. It’s also a wise investment in protecting the health and welfare of all animals – from pets and wildlife to the livestock that play a vital role in Canadian agriculture. industry and economy of the country.

“Expanding USask’s ability to train veterinarians will help sustain the profession and allow us to further strengthen our leadership role in veterinary science and One Health,” said Dr. Airini, Provost and Vice President Academic of USask. “The increase in provincial funding is greatly appreciated and will allow us to provide essential veterinary medical education, advance interdisciplinary research and collaboration, and amplify our contributions to the health and well-being of communities across the Western Canada.

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