WCVM Diagnostic Renovation (KIP) Project

Supported by federal and provincial governments through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP), the WCVM Diagnostic Renovation project resulted in the development of a world-class diagnostic laboratory at WCVM where innovations in diagnostic and clinical techniques can be developed, tested, and practically applied—all at one centre.  The renovations of the Diagnostic Laboratory at WCVM would ensure that Saskatchewan producers, veterinarians, and industry, government and academic researchers have access to up-to-date animal diagnostic services meeting the highest bio-safety and bio-security standards. The lab will support and enhance teaching, research, and client services, and the training of highly qualified veterinarians. It will help ensure Canadian animal and human health and food safety, as well as advance agricultural prosperity and international competitiveness.

The project consisted of a number of renovations to the WCVM building. The clinical pathology reporting room, the bovine isolation facility, and lecture theatre 2104 were upgraded. New spaces were also created within the college, such as the video conference room, IT offices, the custodial lounge, and four new locker rooms. Finally, the WCVM building was expanded to include a multi-disciplinary diagnostics laboratory and demonstration room.

The Diagnostic Laboratory supports infectious disease and other research carried out across campus and in government agencies such as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Canadian Wildlife Service. The lab will not only serve producers in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba, it will play a key role in the national animal and human health surveillance system. It is critical in training diagnosticians, pathologists, and veterinary professionals for positions across Canada.