The governments of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba have announced a renewed financial commitment to the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). The three provinces’ agreement will provide more than $134 million to the college over the next five years.
The agreement helps to ensure that Western Canada has veterinarians with in-depth knowledge of animal health and public health, as well as an awareness of the standards and issues facing livestock, fowl and fisheries producers, and pet owners, according to a joint press release.
“Ensuring that educational opportunities meet labour-market expectations is a Growth Plan priority for our government,” Saskatchewan Advanced Education Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor says. “This agreement allows Saskatchewan, and our partner provinces, to communicate admissions’ priorities so they are in-step with each province’s labour-market needs.”
A key member of Canada’s veterinary, public health, and food safety networks, the WCVM is central to Canada’s veterinary education, research, and expertise. The college accepts an allotted number of students from each of the three provinces in the agreement, as well as students from the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.
“The WCVM is built on collaboration, and its people and programs strengthen the University of Saskatchewan’s impact in everything from agriculture and animal health to comparative medicine and public health,” says University of Saskatchewan interim provost and vice-president Academic Melissa Just. “We’re excited to see what it will achieve with the renewed support of its provincial partners and our university.”
The new interprovincial agreement for the college is in place until 2025.