There currently exists no post-secondary facility in Manitoba to train students in veterinarian medicine. As a result, students receive training at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. An interprovincial agreement exists which allocates 20 subsidized seats for Manitoba students.
The Government of Manitoba announced in 2023 that additional seats would be subsidized at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Despite this announcement there are students at the college who are not benefiting from these subsidized seats and paying approximately $70,000 per year in tuition.
Keystone Agricultural Producers, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba, Manitoba Pork Council, Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association, Manitoba Bison Association and Manitoba Beef Producers sent a joint letter to the provincial government requesting additional funds for eight students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
Update – July 2023
After receiving the joint letter, the Government of Manitoba announced it would provide funding for the unfunded students currently enrolled at Western College of Veterinary Medicine.