U of S veterinary college to lose $8 million after Alberta pullout
The head of the University of Saskatchewan’s school of veterinary medicine says he is “deeply disappointed” by Alberta’s decision to withdraw from a long-standing agreement and move millions earmarked for the program to the University of Calgary in 2020.
“Alberta’s decision to withdraw its financial support from the (Western College of Veterinary Medicine) — more than $8 million per year — will certainly have an impact on the WCVM’s programs and services,” Douglas Freeman said in a statement.
The WCVM was established in 1963 by the four western provinces through a cost-sharing agreement. Alberta funds 20 seats at the college for a total cost of $8 million. Its advanced education minister said Thursday the agreement would not be renewed in 2020.
“The University of Calgary’s veterinary program has grown into a world-renowned institution, and with this new funding we will now have the capacity to train all of our students right here in Alberta,” Marlin Schmidt said in a release.
“We will not let the loss of support from one partner jeopardize our college’s value to all western Canadians,” Freeman said, adding the immediate effect is Alberta students will no longer be able to apply. Postmedia News