Alberta Government Boosts Investment in UCalgary's Veterinary Facilities

The Alberta Government increases funding for the University of Calgary's Veterinary Learning Commons to advance veterinary education in Alberta

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The Government of Alberta has announced a significant funding increase for the University of Calgary's Veterinary Learning Commons, now amounting to $68.5 million. This enhanced investment, up by $10 million, aims to advance the construction of the new facility at the institution's Spyhill Campus, with the project's completion targeted for the 2025-26 academic year. This financial boost marks a major step in the development of veterinary education and facilities in Alberta​​.

This project is set to double the capacity for veterinary students at the University of Calgary, increasing from 50 to 100 seats. Ed McCauley, President and Vice-chancellor of the University of Calgary, expressed gratitude to the provincial government for addressing the growing demand for veterinary professionals and enhancing livestock diagnostic facilities. The new facilities are expected to significantly increase testing capacities, thereby bolstering animal health and supporting both the animal production industry and public health in Alberta​​.

Approximately $1.2 million of the funding will be allocated towards molecular diagnostics and other laboratory equipment, as well as renovating the Clinical Skills Building. This investment aims to establish a comprehensive veterinary diagnostics laboratory, reducing the costs for Alberta's livestock producers and veterinarians who currently send lab samples out of the province. Dr. Renate Weller, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, and Alberta’s Minister for Advanced Education, Rajan Sawhney, highlighted the investment's importance in addressing the veterinary shortage and enhancing diagnostic capabilities in Alberta​​