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New ag policy centre opens at University of Calgary

The University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy is opening a new centre focused on the growth and sustainability of agri-food and agribusiness. The Simpson Centre for Agricultural and Food Innovation and Public Education will research public policies in four areas with a focus on Western Canada: trade policy, environment and climate change, agriculture as […] Read more

Parasites in coyotes and foxes a threat to people, researchers find

Tapeworm common in Europe is now widespread in Alberta and is a serious health threat

A tiny tapeworm that can make people seriously ill is now common in wildlife throughout Alberta, researchers at the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine have found. The parasitic tapeworm called echinococcus multilocularis (E. multilocularis) is common in Europe and was first detected in wildlife in Western Canada in 2012. A year later, the […] Read more


Renaud Léguillette (on left) fits a horse with a special mask to measure the maximal rate of oxygen  consumption (known as VO2 max) as the animal exercises.

Equine athletes to benefit from new research program

The focus will be on reducing injuries in racehorses, show jumpers, 
and Western pleasure, rodeo, and draft horses

High-performance equine athletes are like people — they need to be at peak fitness to perform at their maximum. And, as with any athlete, injuries can occur. How to train horses for top performance while avoiding injury is one issue facing the sport horse industry in Alberta that will be studied further thanks to a […] Read more

Jack Anderson and daughter Wynne Chisholm had successful business careers before returning to the cattle business in 2005.

Ranchers give $5-million gift to boost animal welfare research

Jack Anderson and daughter Wynne Chisholm want U of C to be ‘No. 1 in terms 
of animal care and welfare research in the world’

Father and daughter cattle ranchers with a passion for animal care and welfare have donated $5 million to support research at the University of Calgary. Building on a commitment to best practices and the use of technology in their own operations, J.C. (Jack) Anderson and his daughter Wynne Chisholm from W.A. Ranches made the gift, […] Read more


Vet school opens its doors to the public Oct. 4-5

Curious about the world of veterinary medicine or interested in becoming a vet? The University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine is holding Vet-U-Can 2014 on Oct. 4 and 5. Every two years, the school opens its doors to the community for a behind-the-scenes look at veterinary medicine and to celebrate the role of animals […] Read more