WCVM receives $640,000 donation
On March 23 a B.C.-based cattle breeding support organization made a $640,000 donation to livestock reproduction research at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the U of S.
The gift from Westgen, Western Canada’s Genetic Centre, will go towards the Westgen Research Suite on the second floor of a planned two-storey WCVM research wing. The labs will initially be dedicated to animal reproduction research and will help train veterinarians.
“Westgen sees this substantial pledge as an investment in livestock improvement for Western Canada,” Westgen President Tim Hofstra said when he announced the gift during a ceremony at the College.
WCVM Dean Dr. Charles Rhodes said the donation “will help us capitalize on the college’s core strength in animal reproduction for the benefit of students and the entire industry”.
“Headquartered in Milner, B.C., Westgen is a producer-owned and directed non-profit organization that offers semen and artificial insemination service to dairy and beef breeders throughout Western Canada. It is one of four Canadian-based producer-controlled partners in the world’s largest genetics company – The Semex Alliance.
WCVM enrols about 365 undergraduate and graduate students each year and has a reputation as one of North America’s top veterinary colleges.
WCVM’s current $43-million expansion and upgrade project is one of the priorities in the University of Saskatchewan’s 2003-07 $100-million fundraising campaign.