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Student vets start rotations in Tsuut’ina and Siksika First Nations – University Affairs

by ahnationtalk on August 12, 201944 Views

“Typically in vet practice, the routine is to … check the boxes. I realized very quickly that that was not the way to go about it – it was about establishing a relationship first.”

A new rotation at the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine is providing fourth-year students the chance to participate in hands-on equine care while engaging with Indigenous communities near the city. The two-week placement program ran for the first time this June, with four students spending one week each at the Tsuut’ina and Siksika Nations just outside of Calgary. With supervision from their instructors, the students administered services like vaccinations, dental care and lameness exams.

The rotation began with efforts by Jean-Yin Tan, one of the faculty’s instructors in equine clinical sciences. For the past few years, Dr. Tan has been bringing second-year students to Tsuut’ina for a one-day equine care course. Between that class and this new rotation, she says the school has provided over $50,000 in free veterinary care to more than 100 horses.

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