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Faculty of Veterinary Medicine forges partnership with Olds College

Agreement opens doors for collaborations in veterinary education and research

University of Calgary Provost Dru Marshall and Olds College's Jason Dewling sign the agreement to partner on veterinary teaching, learning and research initiatives. Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

The University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) has signed a Co-ordination Agreement with Olds College, opening doors for the two academic institutions to work together on veterinary teaching, learning and research initiatives.

“I’m excited about collaborating to create unique learning opportunities for students at UCVM and Olds College,” says Dr. Baljit Singh, UCVM’s dean. “And this agreement supports our faculty’s strategic commitment to strengthen our community connections and serve Alberta’s rural communities and its agricultural and equine industries.”

The agreement makes possible initiatives and programs such as student practicum rotations, research space and equipment sharing, collaboration between researchers, and opportunities for UCVM graduate students to teach animal health technology students at Olds College. The intent is to find ways to meet common needs while maximizing the use of resources to the best advantage of both schools.

Great collaborative opportunities will benefit entire province

“This new agreement with Olds College creates great collaborative opportunities between our institutions that will benefit the entire province and our students,” says Dru Marshall, provost and vice-president (academic). “It aligns with the principle of co-ordination, one of the key system principles of the adult learning system in Alberta, and fits with our renewed commitment to the three foundational pledges of our Eyes High strategy: to sharpen focus on research and scholarship, enrich the quality and breadth of learning, and integrate the university with the community.”

“Through our partnership with the University of Calgary we will create enhanced learning opportunities for our students, while working together to advance applied research in animal sciences,” says Jason Dewling, vice-president academic and research at Olds College. “The partnership also provides great alignment with our Beyond Campaign, as we look to redefine Animal Health Technology programming by establishing a world-class learning environment that will provide state-of-the-art facilities, year-round training, industry integration, and the implementation of a unique instructional model.”

“In little more than a decade, UCVM has become a success story through innovative, community-based education, excellence in research and strong partnerships,” says Singh. “We see the need for proactive work to manage current and emerging issues around the health and welfare of food-producing animals through education and targeted research. This new partnership with Olds College enhances our ability to support and respond to the needs of Alberta’s agricultural community.”