Funding cuts could worsen MB’s veterinarian shortage

January 17, 2019

Manitoba-based veterinarian Keri Hudson Reykdal is concerned that potential funding cuts to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine could exacerbate the province’s veterinarian shortage, reports CBC. The province currently earmarks $100K for 60 students to study at the College in Saskatoon—which is jointly funded by Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia—but officials are reportedly considering a 10-15% cut. According to CBC, discussions around the cuts began after Alberta announced in 2017 that it would phase out funding in favour of its own school. Hudson Reykdal stated that Manitoba students who want to study veterinary medicine have few options to do so, as veterinary schools throughout the country tend to prioritize local students while American schools can be prohibitively expensive. CBC (MB)