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Vet college’s full accreditation survives funding cut

The looming exit of one of its major funding partners notwithstanding, the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) has earned full accreditation through 2024. The American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Council on Education, the accrediting body for veterinary colleges in North America, recently confirmed Saskatoon-based WCVM’s status as “Accredited (w/minor deficiency).” “Minor […] Read more

Mars to buy animal hospital chain

Canadian veterinary chain Associate Veterinary Clinics (AVC) is set to become an arm of pet food giant Mars. Virginia-based Mars on Monday announced a US$9.1 billion, US$93 per share deal for all outstanding shares of VCA Inc., whose assets cover almost 800 animal hospitals with 60 diagnostic labs across North America. Those assets include Calgary-based […] Read more


AVC to handle non-routine care for New Brunswick horses

New Brunswick’s government, which co-ordinates veterinary services in the province, has reached a deal with the University of Prince Edward Island’s Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) to provide “specialty services” for horses. Details of the agreement in principle, announced last week, are “still being finalized,” the province said in a release, but service delivery is expected […] Read more

P.E.I. brings provincial vet job in-house

Relying until now on the services of the Atlantic Veterinary College, Prince Edward Island’s government has named a new in-house provincial veterinarian. The province on Tuesday named Dr. Carolyn Sanford to fill the post, in which she’ll oversee policy and regulatory issues related to animal health and welfare, including livestock and poultry as well as […] Read more