Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Research Area(s)

  • Stress physiology and endocrinology in waterfowl and pain and analgesia in non-mammalian species, animal behaviour


Dr. Karen Machin (DVM, PhD) is a resident in animal behaviour, a veterinary researcher, a lifelong animal owner and a founder of New Hope Dog Rescue in Saskatoon, Sask. 

Academic Credentials

  • BSc, University of Guelph
  • DVM, University of Guelph
  • MSc, University of Saskatchewan
  • PhD, University of Saskatchewan
  • Residency: Avian, Exotic and Zoological Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Karen Machin is an associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Machin teaches developmental anatomy, ecosystem health, respiratory physiology and anesthesia, and analgesia pharmacology at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


  • Akhter, F., Fairhurst, G.D., Blanchard, P.E.R., Machin, K.L., Blyth, R.I.R., Thompson, J., McLeod, J., Feng, R., Soos, C.  2020.  Experimental variation in the spatial deposition of trace metals in feathers revealed using synchrotron X-ray fluorescence.  X-Ray Spectrometry, 49(4): 471-479.  https://www.doi.org/10.1002/xrs.3140

  • Machin KL, Livingston A. 2002. “Assessment of ketoprofen as an analgesic in isoflurane-anesthetized mallard ducks.” American Journal of Veterinary Research. 63: 821-826.
  • Machin KL, Caulkett NA. 2000. “Evaluation of isoflurane and propofol anesthesia for intra-abdominal transmitter placement in nesting female canvasback ducks.” Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 36: 324-334.