Vet Students

Ray Butler Fund

The Ray Butler Fund allocates funds per year to support exposure to veterinary students to bovine practice.

The Ray Butler Fund has recently contributed to the following activities:

  • $670 to support 18 students attending Dairy Day Field Trip
  • $1,500 to support 11 students Alberta Feedlot Field Trip
  • $1,500 to support 14 students attending an AI clinic in the Saskatoon area
  • $800 to provide pizza lunch for 150 students while hearing the presentation by Dr. Cec Rushkowski
  • $1,000 to support 14 students travelling to Lakeland College to participate in an AI clinic
  • $2,000 to support 12 students travelling to Lakeland College to participate in an AI clinic.
  • $1,000 to assist Dylan Biggs presenting a 'Cattle Handling Clinic' - 26 WCVM students attended.
  • $1,000 to assist Dr. Steve Hendrick in taking 25 members of the WCVM Bovine Club on a tour of Alberta Feedlots, the UCVM, and to meet with private practitioners.

WCABP welcomes your financial support to enable this initiative.

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WCVM Production Animal Health Club

Where has the summer gone!

Students will be returning from summer jobs to resume classes on August 17, 2020, but classes will look much different at the WCVM this year! Social distancing, online lecturing, segregated lab times, A LOT of learning from home, and many cups of coffee is what is on the schedule for WCVM students as we begin to familiarize ourselves with the new normal during this global pandemic. This school year will look very different from the normal, but we would like to welcome the Class of 2024 to the WCVM and all returning students!!

While club gatherings will be kept to a minimum this year we are looking at alternatives to offering our regular labs, lunch talks, and social events to the PAC members and the student body. Many of our plans are still on standby, we continue to be alert to the COVID-19 situation and we are optimistic for a brighter future. We are ready to make the most of this upcoming school year at the WCVM.

 Safe travels to all returning students to classes and we truly hope you, your vet clinic staff, and your families the best health during the upcoming months.

Stay safe!

Marianne Sytnyk
WCVM, Class of 2022
PAC President


UCVM Production Animal Health Club

As you can imagine, a lot of things are still uncertain for UCVM in the fall.  The upcoming school year will be looking much different than we’re used to!

As of now, the plan is to have all of our lectures online and the school is encouraging that we do as much as possible remotely, such as meetings and projects over Zoom rather than in person.  Thankfully, we will still be going in for labs, as learning clinical skills is extremely important in our education.  We will be divided into smaller groups for labs and go in for a shorter amount of time so that we’re not interacting with those not in our “cohort.”  It will be very different than what we are used to but our instructors have been working hard to make sure that our learning is not compromised despite all the changes.  We are also still welcoming the incoming class of 2024 this fall, complete with 50 students!  It will be strange not meeting them in person, but we are excited to welcome these incoming DVM students! The fourth-years have been doing modified rotations this summer after a 2 week delay at the start of the summer.  They have been in clinics for 6 weeks straight rather than switching every 2-4 weeks in order to decrease the amount of people they are interacting with.  They have been doing some rotations such as pathology and radiology online.  All of the changes this fall will be a bit of a learning curve but we’ll make it through together.

In terms of the Production Animal Health Club, we are still waiting to hear from the Student’s Union and the school as to what we are able to do to make sure that the students still get the opportunity to interact with people from the production animal industry and to round out their education with extracurricular learning.  If any of you would like the opportunity to speak to our classes (likely over Zoom) or take students out into the field in small groups for any learning experiences, please feel free to contact me!

I also wanted to say a special thanks to all of the clinics and researchers who took on summer students!  I and several others in the school had incredible summer experiences working with cattle,  small ruminants, and other species, and we are so grateful to all the clinics who mentored and taught us so many things over the summer.  Thank you for your investment into us as the future generation of veterinarians, especially in a time of so much change and uncertainty.

Celine Newton (DeWit)
UCVM, Class of 2022
Production Animal Health Club, President
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