Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Together, we will advance animal and human health

The interplay of the health of animals, people and the environment is now recognized as a key component in the protection of overall health.

We are a relatively new and already successful faculty. For more than 10 years, the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) has worked to support a shortage of veterinarians serving rural Alberta. Our research, graduate education and clinical training programs advance animal and human health — where innovation meets community.

As an internationally recognized provider of high-quality veterinary education, we are an acknowledged leader in comparative biomedical, veterinary and population health research.

Conducting research that addresses issues of importance to our animal industries at the interface of animal and human health, we are creating a new generation of veterinarians.

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine campaign goal

$20 million

Vet Progress

Student awards

Our students are engaged in hands-on learning that fosters productive community partnerships.

This enriched learning environment meshes the real-world knowledge of working veterinary experts with top academic know-how, so that our students experience the best of both worlds.

We have made tremendous strides as the University of Calgary’s newest faculty. Awards allow our students
an equal opportunity to excel as they benefit from enthusiastic community generosity.

Award launches great beginnings

Public health and animal education are where key components of our programs intersect. The first-ever endowed award in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has been well placed to enable student success.

The Dr. Edward C. Eddy and Mrs. Ruth E. Eddy Memorial Scholarship in Veterinary Medicine is awarded annually to two first-year students with interest in public health and production animal health. Hollyn Maloney and Rebecca Tees were the 2014-15 recipients.

Maloney and Tees said the award has been a significant help.

Research chairs seek unique solutions

Location and research are among our key strengths.  

We are at the heart of Canada’s cattle country where up to 70 per cent of cattle are processed. We are located where there is strong dairy production, as well as swine and poultry industries.

Our research chairs feature internationally recognized researchers who provide solutions to urgent problems. We are co-located and collaborate with the Faculty of Medicine to create unique opportunities at the interface of animal and human health. Our work together sparks new insights.

Developing cutting-edge skin therapies

Dr. Jeff Biernaskie is collaborating with the Cumming School of Medicine to develop cutting-edge skin-regenerative therapies.

As the inaugural Chair in Skin Regeneration, he aims to improve quality of life for people and animals affected by serious burns, trauma or other medical conditions that destroy the skin.

A unique partnership between Veterinary Medicine and the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Centre in the Foothills Hospital focuses on uncovering new ways to treat patients — while also training clinician researchers.

Enhanced facilities

We are growing, aiming to build an essential large animal research facility.

The research space would support our strategic research areas in cattle health, reproduction and regenerative medicine, disease ecology and performance horse health.

Our outstanding teaching facilities have so far allowed us to be recognized internationally as a provider of high-quality veterinary education. To continue to be a leader in comparative biomedical, veterinary and population health research, the large animal research facility is an energizing goal.

Dairy Cattle Research

The NSERC Dairy Cattle Research Chair (Dr. Herman Barkema) includes among areas of study Johne’s disease, a chronic inflammation of the gut in cattle that costs Canada’s cattle industry $90 million a year.

This kind of research has the potential for a direct impact on industry and the community that reduces costs and controls disease.

The large animal research facility that would include containment housing for up to 40 or 50 large animals, including cattle, would be strongly beneficial.

Join us in advancing animal and human health

Contact information

Chantel Heintz
Associate Director of Development
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
403.210.6461
chantel.heintz@ucalgary.ca