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Feds, Sask. fund vet college expansions

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The Western College of Veterinary Medicine has picked up over $9 million in federal and provincial funds to complete the renovations and expansion of its diagnostic laboratory.

The WCVM, based in Saskatoon at the University of Saskatchewan, will get $9.06 million for the project as part of a $21.8 million joint pledge for infrastructure work at the U of S.

The federal Western Economic Diversification agency in April pledged over $2.7 million for the diagnostic lab plus renovations at the large-animal clinic.

The diagnostic lab project, scheduled for completion in December 2010, is the final phase of a “much larger” infrastructure renewal plan underway since 2004.

The diagnostics lab serves the livestock industry in Saskatchewan and frequently provides services for the other western provinces, the federal government noted in April, adding that one of the recent cases of avian influenza in Canada was diagnosed in the WCVM lab.

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