Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans frontieres is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2020 Northern Animal Health Initiative bursaries. Kaitlyn Denroche and Kirstyn Falck will each receive $3500 to help finance their pursuit of animal health-related education.
Kaitlyn Denroche from Yellowknife NWT is currently in the third year of a four-year DVM program at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Animals have always been a big part of her life and she believes it is her calling as a veterinarian to provide animals with comfort and care. She recognizes that some of the emotionally challenging duties of a veterinarian, such as euthanasia, are a grace that veterinarians are given to perform for animals who are suffering.
Kirstyn Falck grew up off the grid 35 km outside of Yellowknife. Animals were also a defining element throughout her life, and while she considered a career in veterinary medicine her passion for animals in the wild directed her toward a career in wildlife biology. She is currently in her fifth year as a co-op student at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Earth and Environmental Science. Her particular focus is on the study of ecology and wildlife biology relating to a holistic approach to environmental science. Kirstyn’s co-op work placement is as a Wildlife Health Technician with the Government of the Northwest Territory’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The Northern Animal Health Initiative receives generous funding from PetSmart Charities of Canada.