There will be five more subsidized student seats at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) as the Saskatchewan government seeks to meet the need for more veterinarians, especially large and mixed animals in rural areas.
In 2023-24, the province will increase the number of subsidized student seats from 20 to 25 at WCVM.
The government is investing $11.9 million at WCVM. The increase in student places will mean an investment of $539,000 in 2023-24, increasing annually to $2.2 million by 2026-27 when fully implemented over the four-year doctor of veterinary medicine program.
Agriculture Minister David Marit says,”This initiative along with the expansion of the Saskatchewan Loan Forgiveness for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technologists, will ensure that ranchers have access to the veterinary experts they need to provide the highest level of care for their animals.”
Meantime second-year WCVM veterinary student from Stoughton and president-elect of the Western Canadian Veterinary Students’ Association Jackson Goudy says, “This is a great way to increase the number of vets delivering animal health care in Saskatchewan.”
More information about the Saskatchewan Loan Forgiveness for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technologists program can be found on the government’s website.