Preceptorship Program



   2018 PP Fund Contribution: $15,000                2019 PP Fund Contribution: $18,000

Safeguarding Veterinary Service in Rural Saskatchewan

Livestock producers count on large animal veterinarians to care for their herds and provide expert guidance to achieve the best quality, health and reproductive outcomes. Because a reliable supply of large and mixed animal veterinarians is such a clear need for the Saskatchewan livestock industry, the SVMA has expanded on the successful work placement concept of our existing Summer Student Mentorship Program to offer third year veterinary students opportunities to intern and to plant roots in rural Saskatchewan through a new Preceptorship Program that features partnership with livestock producers. 

Last summer (2018) was the pilot year for the Preceptorship Program (PP), which provided $10,000 to each of five (5) Saskatchewan veterinary students finishing their third year at WCVM. The formula for wage subsidies is 35% from SVMA, 35% from the hiring practice and 30% from the contributors' Preceptorship Fund.

Application Process for Summer 2019

Practices and 3rd year students apply separately. Practices must be rural, large or mixed and are selected by location in terms of urgency of need for veterinary services in their area. Practices are matched up with a student by the program. Practice selections for the six available 2019 preceptorships have been made.

Job placements for Summer 2019 are available in:

All third year veterinary students from WCVM are eligible to apply for one of six 14-week preceptorships in rural Saskatchewan, which will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Students can often work out local accomodation as part of their job placement. Many practices provide accomodation.

2019 Preceptorship Program Fund

Thank you to the Saskatchewan Cattlemens' Association for its continuing partnership in the Preceptorship Program!

SVMA accepts contributions to the Preceptorship Program Fund on an ongoing basis. If your organization is interested in contibuting, please contact Lorraine Serhienko

2018 Preceptors

Battlefords Animal Hospital, North Battleford
Poplar Valley Animal Clinic, Mankota
Deep South Animal Clinic, Ogema
Weir Veterinary Services, Lloydminster
Animal Health Centre of Melville, Melville