Google Translate Disclaimer

A number of pages on the Government of Saskatchewan's website have been professionally translated in French. These translations are identified by a yellow box in the right or left rail that resembles the link below. The home page for French-language content on this site can be found at:

Renseignements en Français

Where an official translation is not available, Google™ Translate can be used. Google™ Translate is a free online language translation service that can translate text and web pages into different languages. Translations are made available to increase access to Government of Saskatchewan content for populations whose first language is not English.

Software-based translations do not approach the fluency of a native speaker or possess the skill of a professional translator. The translation should not be considered exact, and may include incorrect or offensive language. The Government of Saskatchewan does not warrant the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information translated by this system. Some files or items cannot be translated, including graphs, photos and other file formats such as portable document formats (PDFs).

Any person or entities that rely on information obtained from the system does so at his or her own risk. Government of Saskatchewan is not responsible for any damage or issues that may possibly result from using translated website content. If you have any questions about Google™ Translate, please visit: Google™ Translate FAQs.

Enhanced Supports for Rural Saskatchewan Veterinary Services

Released on April 13, 2021

Advanced Education Minister Gene Makowsky and Agriculture Minister David Marit are announcing a number of initiatives to enhance the availability of veterinary services in rural Saskatchewan.  These include the development of a new virtual option to train registered veterinary technologists in rural and remote Saskatchewan, as well as a loan forgiveness program that will be offered to new graduates who practice in rural or remote areas of the province.

Beginning in the fall of 2021, Saskatchewan Polytechnic's two-year registered veterinary technologist program will give students the opportunity to begin their studies remotely and complete the program at a partnering clinical practice with local veterinarians in rural areas.

"This program is important to addressing a labour market shortage in rural Saskatchewan," Makowsky said.  "We are pleased to work alongside Saskatchewan Polytechnic to ensure we are able to meet the growing demand now and into the future."

In 2021-22, the Ministry of Advanced Education is providing $687,000 for development and operating costs.  In addition, veterinarians and veterinary technologists who work in rural and remote communities for up to five years, will have up to $20,000 of their Saskatchewan Student Loans forgiven.

"Veterinarians and veterinary technologists play an integral role in protecting the health and productivity of Saskatchewan's livestock herd," Marit said.  "The measures announced today will ensure producers have access to their important services which will help achieve our Growth Plan goal of increasing livestock cash receipts to $3 billion by 2030."

"This made-in-Saskatchewan solution will provide a timely solution to meet the needs of rural students and producers," Saskatchewan Polytechnic President and CEO Dr. Larry Rosia said.  "We are pleased that because of our history of successfully serving students, we have been asked to develop a remote-delivery program to train and hire locally registered veterinary technologists."

"The Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association has been talking about the challenge of diminished rural veterinary services for years," Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association Chair Arnold Balicki said.  "One step we took is the preceptorship partnership with Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association to help third-year students try out practices in rural Saskatchewan.  The steps the government is taking today are very welcome in ensuring cattle producers have access to veterinary services across Saskatchewan.  This is so important to animal health and welfare and public good as our animal health status is connected to our overall health."

As well, three of the 20 seats at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) funded by the Government of Saskatchewan will prioritize admission of students who are more likely to work in a large animal and/or rural mixed animal practice.

"Our veterinary graduates' unique training and skills are in high demand in rural Saskatchewan," WCVM Interim Dean Dr. Gillian Muir said.  "The provincial government's move to target three rural-oriented seats will help encourage even more of our veterinary graduates to choose agriculture-focused veterinary careers."

As part of this strategy, the Ministry of Agriculture reaffirms its continued annual support for the provincial Mentorship Program, targeting senior veterinary students, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association.


For more information, contact:

Linsay Rabyj
Advanced Education
Phone: 306-787-6041

Charlotte McGraw
Phone: 306-787-4031

We need your feedback to improve Help us improve