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Mission Statement

“The mission of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine is to provide veterinary education1 in western Canada2 and to act as a centre of veterinary expertise3 and research4.”

1In this context, education includes the following: professional undergraduate education of veterinary students; graduate education for veterinarians and biological scientists at the diploma, masters and doctoral levels; continuing education for veterinarians; education of animal health students (in collaboration with the community colleges) and extension education for the public on veterinary issues.

2Western Canada is defined as Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the Yukon.

3The college mission includes the provision of leadership and consultative services to the veterinary profession and the public in: the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in domestic and wild animals; livestock production and management; animal welfare; the occurence and incidence of disease in animals, and related environmental issues.

4It is part of the mission of the college to carry out research in veterinary sciences, in its broad sense, on food animals, companion animals, laboratory animals and wildlife. Relevant disciplines include the clinical and biomedical sciences, comparative medicine, livestock production and management, animal welfare, public health and environmental health.