USask veterinary school to lose $8M following AB withdrawal

October 16, 2017

The University of Saskatchewan has learned that the Alberta government plans to withdraw from a longstanding agreement that will move millions of dollars earmarked for the institution’s school of veterinary medicine to the University of Calgary. Alberta’s decision to withdraw its financial support from the (Western College of Veterinary Medicine) — more than $8M million per year — will certainly have an impact on the WCVM’s programs and services,” said WCVM Dean Douglas Freeman in a statement. The WCVM was established in 1963 by the four western provinces through a cost-sharing agreement. Alberta currently funds 20 seats at the college for a total cost of $8M million. “We will not let the loss of support from one partner jeopardize our college’s value to all western Canadians,” Freeman added. Saskatoon StarPhoenix