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Indigenous youth explore the world of veterinary medicine thanks to new grant – News U Calgary

Nov. 23, 2022

Enhanced outreach program includes Nakoda youth engagement and mentorship, provides veterinary services in the community

In 2018, a group of faculty, staff and graduate students from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) set up a youth outreach program on the Stoney Nakoda Nation with the goal of sharing veterinary medicine as a potential career option with Nakoda youth.

Now, thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada, the partnership between Stoney Nakoda and UCVM will be expanded to build a program that will include ongoing Nakoda youth engagement and mentorship, while also providing veterinary services in the community. This relationship will begin in the first year for vet med students and continue throughout their degree.

“Our third-year vet med class will provide wellness clinics for companion animals on-site in Morley in partnership with community members, and a fourth-year clinical rotation will have students providing veterinary services for animals. Interested Nakoda youth will have an opportunity to help with both clinics,” says Dr. Susan Kutz, DVM, PhD, a professor at UCVM.

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