Animal health affects the economy, tourism and environmental health in Alberta. The University of Calgary recognized this and established a veterinary school in 2008 to give students hands-on, relevant training. On May 10, the first graduates of the veterinary medicine program will cross the stage.
"It was a new program. It was an adventure and a risk, and I think we were all risk takers getting into the first class," said Kelsey Shacker, one of the programs first 30 graduates. "We're all glad we went through it."