Manitoba Government Increases Funding to University of Saskatchewan Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) to create five additional seats for Manitoba veterinary students each year.
Higher Education Minister Jon Reyes and Agriculture Minister Derek Johnson announced Thursday that the province will contribute an additional $539,200 — on top of the existing $7 million — beginning with the school year. 2023-2024, to increase the number of WCVM-guaranteed Manitoba students. 15 to 20.
This would increase the overall student quota (the number of Manitoba students enrolled in the four-year program) from 60 to 65.
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Ministers said increased funding will continue each year until that number reaches 80 Manitoba students.
“By increasing our annual enrollment to 20 students from 15, we will help more students pursue this important career path to help build our province’s animal health care capacity for years to come,” said Reyes said.
“We are committed to working with the college administration to achieve this expansion beginning in 2023-24.”
Johnson said there is an urgent need for veterinarians in the province, especially those in rural large animal practices who are trained to care for commercial livestock, as well as sheep and goats.
Continuing Shortage of Veterinarians in Manitoba
Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) President Keri Hudson-Reykdal said this is a positive step in addressing the shortage of veterinarians in that province.
“The commitment to train more vets will help alleviate the long-term shortage,” Hudson-Reykdal said.
“In the shorter term, the MVMA will continue to work with government, veterinary professionals and other stakeholders to address the shortage of veterinary services in Manitoba.
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