Symposium Tours: Please choose one of the following: Police Dog Demonstration: For more than 30 years, the Saskatoon Police Service has had a canine program. Currently there are nine General Duty Teams, with three trained in narcotics detection. Saskatoon Police Service dogs are trained to track criminal suspects by following the scent trail left behind by the humans they pursue. The police dog can also apprehend the individual on command if they attempt to continue to flee or become combative. Police Service dogs are highly obedient and follow commands only from the police officer trained to handle that particular animal. The Saskatoon Police Canine Unit is coming to symposium to offer a demonstration of what their Police Service Dogs are trained for. This tour runs from 8 AM – 9 AM and will take place at WCVM. Maximum 50 participants. Western Development Museum Tour: Travel back in time to 1910 Boomtown! Saskatchewan was the center of economic activity from the turn of the century until 1914. People flooded to the west from far and wide and towns seemed to grow overnight. 1910 Boomtown depicts the style and ambiance of this lively period, with over 30 buildings portraying community life. Visit the general store, the printing press, the livery, the blacksmith shop, and much more! Journey back to when the sound of horses’ hooves filled the air. Also be sure to take a stroll through Saskatoon’s only vintage car collection in the Transportation Gallery, and see how a farm family grew and changed over 100 years in the WDM’s new exhibit - Winning the Prairie Gamble: Farm Life in Saskatchewan. Busses will leave from WCVM at 8 AM and return at 12 PM. Maximum 96 participants. Wanuskewin Heritage Park Tour: Wanuskewin Heritage Park hugs the west bank of the South Saskatchewan River, just five kilometres north of Saskatoon. Within its 760 acres there are 19 pre-contact sites that represent the active society of Northern Plains Peoples. Here you will find summer and winter camp sites, bison kill sites, tipi rings, an arrangement of boulders called a medicine wheel, and artifacts such as pottery fragments, plant seeds, projectile points, egg shells and animal bones, all within a compact area. Busses will leave WCVM at 8 AM and return at 12 PM. Maximum 96 participants. Please choose two (2) of the following programs to attend while at Wanuskewin: Tipi Raising • Enjoy one of Wanuskewin’s most popular programs! Learn how the First Nations people used to set up their homes. Learn about the values that were associated with each part of the tipi, values that were passed down to the children as they helped set the tipi up. Come and try it yourself! Bison • Millions of bison once roamed the central and northern Plains and First Nations people depended upon them for survival. Learn about the bison, and its place in the centre of Plains Culture, and how it was processed for food. See how every part of the animal was used to provide tools, shelter, weapons, toys and even glue. Bison Jump: A Statue Interpretation • At Wanuskewin there are two buffalo jumps that were used regularly over two hundred years ago. This program introduces participants to the process that First Nations people used on the prairie to bring the bison over the jump. The statues in the front of the building will be used as visual aids. Pow Wow Program • Do you know what a Pow Wow is? Ever wonder about the meaning behind the regalia and different kinds of Traditional Dance? Learn all about Traditional Dance, its history and meaning, then and now. Outdoor Skating and Downtown Saskatoon Tour: Visitors from far and wide delight in the city's beautiful parkland setting. Inviting natural riverbank parks and trails make jogging, biking and casual hikes easy and relaxing, invigorating and refreshing; right in the heart of the city. Graced by the natural splendor of the South Saskatchewan River, Saskatchewan's largest city provides convenient amenities, yet an inviting natural setting. Explore downtown Saskatoon by visiting the skating rink next to the Delta Bessborough right on the river. Shopping is available at Midtown Plaza as well as several stores nearby. Enjoy scenic views of the river at their café, indoor civic conservatory and local artistry at the Mendel Art Gallery. Students will leave WCVM at 9:30 AM and return at 12 PM. Maximum 30 participants. Canadian Light Source (Synchrotron): The Canadian Light Source is Canada's only national synchrotron research facility. It is a world-class, state- of-the-art facility that is advancing Canadian science. What is a synchrotron? It is an extremely bright source of light that allows scientists to study the chemical properties and microstructure of materials. The light is focused down beamlines where researchers can choose specific wavelengths of light to observe materials at the atomic level. The synchrotron is used in a variety of research areas such as the earth sciences, biomedical research, and natural and environmental sciences. Come to the tour to find out more! Students will depart WCVM at 10:30 AM and return at 12 PM. Maximum 30 participants. Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO): VIDO is a world leader in the research and development of vaccine and immunity-enhancing technologies for humans and animals. It is owned by the University of Saskatchewan and is a non-profit organization. It operates with support from the governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan, Government of Canada, industry grants, and charitable foundations. VIDO is involved in the construction of the International Vaccine Centre (InterVac), which will be Canada's largest Containment Level 3 vaccine research centre dealing with both human and large animal diseases. VIDO works to improve the quality of life of animals and to alleviate human suffering caused by certain diseases like influenza. Students will depart WCVM at 9:30 AM and return at 12 PM. Maximum 30 participants. Goodale Research Farm: The Goodale Research Farm is one of WCVM's two major research facilities. It consists of 2,100 acres of pasture and crop land located about 16km from the University of Saskatchewan. This tour will take you through the enclosed handling facilities for cattle, horses, deer, and elk. Recently, a new Specialized Livestock Facility was constructed on 320 acres of the farm. Currently at Goodale Farm are housed beef cows, deer, and elk, which are used in a variety of research projects. Students will depart WCVM at 9 AM and return at 12 PM. Maximum 20 participants. Scavenger Hunt of the University of Saskatchewan Students will experience the University of Saskatchewan (and a prairie winter) by touring across the campus in search of items, clues, and photos that best characterize the roots of WCVM. They will be broken into teams of 3 or 4, plus a student from WCVM. It is with their brains, common sense and a little help from the local students that they will rush to achieve as many points as possible within a 2 hour period. What do they gain besides memories and some prizes, bragging rights to say that they conquered the campus and prevailed as the champions of the WCVM Symposium Scavenger Hunt. The race starts at 10 AM and finishes at 12 PM. Maximum 20 participants. Snowshoe in the Saskatchewan countryside It’s fun and easy to learn (and you don’t need special boots). We provide the snowshoes and the snow, you provide enthusiasm and layers of clothes (warm socks, hats, mittens and winter boots). It can be very cold in Saskatchewan in January, but this is a great way to stay warm, get some exercise, and learn a new sport. As a bonus, a “hot chocolate stop” can probably be arranged for afterwards... we may need it! Students will depart at 9:30 AM and return at 12 PM. Maximum 20 participants. Curling Tour Ever wanted to learn how to throw a rock down some ice without falling on your butt? Now is your chance! Ice, fancy brooms and curling rocks will all be provided. Remember to bring indoor shoes and layers of warm clothes, as it may be slightly chilly. Students will depart WCVM at 9 AM and return at 12 PM. Maximum 24 participants. Students may also choose to tour the WCVM Veterinary Teaching Hospital if it does not conflict with previous tour times: - Morning tour times: o 8 AM – 9 AM (maximum 5 groups of 15 participants) o 10 AM – 11 AM (maximum 5 groups of 15 participants) - Afternoon tour times: (if not participating in sports) o 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM (maximum 5 groups of 15 participants) o 3 PM – 4 PM (maximum 5 groups of 15 participants) Western College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Teaching Hospital Tours: The decision to build a College of Veterinary Medicine in Western Canada on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan at Saskatoon was reached on August 23, 1963. Representatives of the universities and governments of the four western provinces and the federal government were involved in the discussions leading up to the decision. This co-operative regional approach to higher education is maintained through participation of regional representatives in the Advisory Council of the College. The Council provides formal communication on regional needs between the several western provinces and the college. The Western College of Veterinary Medicine meets its responsibilities in three major areas; education, research, and service. Education, the primary function, embraces undergraduate teaching in veterinary medicine and related disciplines. Formal graduate study toward M.Sc. or Ph.D. degrees or diplomas, and residency training programs are becoming increasingly important. Additionally, as in many fields, rapid advances in knowledge and techniques necessitate continuing education programs for the graduate veterinarian; this is a recently recognized addition to the educational function of universities. Research supports the teaching program and at the same time exploits the potential of the highly trained staff. Research contributes to the advancement of science and the solving of health problems of man and animals. A variety of services are provided, which aid the practicing veterinarian and thus ultimately the animal owner while yielding necessary teaching material and practical experience for students. These include a veterinary farm practice, clinics, laboratory diagnostic and extension services. The large animal hospital and the small animal hospital in the college provide patients for the teaching of clinical medicine, while the ambulatory clinic acquaints the student with veterinary farm practice. These clinical units, together with the supporting service laboratory units, comprise the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
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