U of S vet­eri­nary col­lege to lose $8 mil­lion af­ter Al­berta pullout

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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

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