Wildlife and Disease Association at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine Report
The Wildlife and Disease Association at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine focuses primarily on educating students about the opportunities in wildlife health fields, connecting students to mentors in wildlife health professions and enhancing the skills of our students through lectures, workshops, conferences and field trips. On February 24th, 2019, The WDA sent twelve of its members on a field trip to the Waskesiu area to spend the day dog sledding, snowshoeing and having a wildlife tour with Sundogs Excursions. The excursions were ran by a long-term resident of the area, a biologist and a dog sled expert. Students learnt about attaching dogs to sleds, basic aspects of the sport and the husbandry of the dogs including nutrition and housing. They then got to experience an hour-long trek on the sled through the boreal forest in northern Saskatchewan.