The four western provinces each pay for 20 places a year at WCVM but Alberta will handle its own applicants from now on, said dean Baljit Singh. | File photo

U of C to expand vet med program; cut funding to U of S program

The University of Calgary veterinary program is expanding by adding an extra 20 students per year starting in 2020. Each class will have up to 50 students per year. The government of Alberta is shifting enrollment funding of $4.7 million to the Calgary program from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of […] Read more

A full-sized model of a horse is used to teach students how to diagnose colic and other digestive problems. The University of Calgary veterinary school uses simulators to teach students the basics of care before introducing them to live animals.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Simulators give students inside scoop

When a veterinary student reaches inside Sarah Baillie’s virtual cow, a computerized system of motors guide the hand across the reproductive tract, bladder and aorta. For the student, it feels like the real thing with pulsations, bumps and hard surfaces. If the student is too rough, the simulator moos. Known as the Haptic cow, this […] Read more