The Government of Alberta is investing over $67 million over three years to support enrolment and infrastructure expansions at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM).
Of the funding, $8.4M will go towards enrolment — increasing existing seat numbers by 50. And $59M will support the construction of new infrastructure “to accommodate future learners.”
Veterinarian, cattle producer and Chair, ABP, Dr. Melanie Wowk joined us to talk about the global veterinary shortage in our inaugural episode of The Bovine — a podcast by Alberta Beef Producers.
“This announcement marks a historic moment for veterinary medicine, animal care and the future economy of Alberta,” said Dr. Daren Mandrusiak, President, Alberta Veterinary Medical Association. “The Alberta Veterinary Medical Association thanks the Alberta government for this generational investment that allows critically needed expansion of the world-class veterinary education at the UCVM and helps to address the significant labour gaps facing our veterinary profession. Alberta will be well served by this new and expanded generation of veterinarians.”
The funding is part of the provincial government’s ‘Alberta at Work Initiative.’
LIVE: Announcing an expansion of the veterinary medicine program at the University of Calgary https://t.co/H5lq9b6T4i— Jason Kenney 🇺🇦 (@jkenney) May 10, 2022
Pleased to welcome Premier @jkenney @demetriosnAB @NateHornerAB to @ucalgaryvetmed to announce funding to double enrolment in veterinary medicine at UCalgary. @abvma #ableg #abpse pic.twitter.com/B8hwZCNd3T— John Alho (@JohnGAlho) May 10, 2022