Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Research Area(s)

  • Soft tissue surgery, neurosurgery, urogenital surgery, injuries in working and growing dogs, teaching of surgical skills


A native of Regina, Dr. Shmon returned to Saskatoon to join the WCVM faculty in 1988. She teaches small animal surgery, surgical principles and surgical exercises. She became head of the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences in July 2011. Dr. Shmon is on administrative leave until July 1, 2020.

Academic Credentials

  • DVM, University of Saskatchewan
  • Internship and Surgical Residency, University of Guelph
  • DVSc, University of Guelph
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP)

Research Interests

Dr. Shmon's professional and research interests include soft tissue surgery, neurosurgery, urogenital surgery, injuries in working and growing dogs, and teaching of surgical skills. Her current research area is lumbosacral stenosis.


  • Lavallée, J.M., Shmon, C., Beaufrère, H., Chirino-Trejo, M., Linn, K.  2020.  Influence of clipping on bacterial contamination of canine arthrocentesis sites before and after skin preparation.  Veterinary Surgery, 49(7): 1307-1314.  https://www.doi.org/10.1111/vsu.13468

  • Ng, J., Linn, K.A., Shmon, C.L., Parker, S., Zwicker, L.A.  2020.  The left lateral projection is comparable to horizontal beam radiography for identifying experimental small volume pneumoperitoneum in the canine abdomen.  Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound, 61(2): 130-136.  https://www.doi.org/10.1111/vru.12826

  • Cosford, K., Hoessler, C., Shmon, C.  2019.  Evaluation of a first-year veterinary surgical skills laboratory: A retrospective review.  Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 46(12): 423-428.  https://www.doi.org/10.3138/jvme.1017-143r1

  • Wainberg, S.H., Brisson, B.A., Reabel, S.N., Hay, J., Hayes, G., Shmon, C.L., Murphy, K., Sears, W.  2019.  Evaluation of risk factors for mortality in dogs with lung lobe torsion: A retrospective study of 66 dogs (2000-2015).  Canadian Veterinary Journal, 60(2): 167-173.

  • Aoki, K., Waldner, C.L., Sathya, S., Shmon, C.  2018.  Effect of bipolar radiofrequency energy on canine stifle joint fluid temperature.  Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology, 31(3): 188-193.  https://www.doi.org/10.1055/s-0038-1639595

  • Johnson, M.D., Shmon, C.L., Linn, K.A., Singh, B.  2016.  Ex vivo evaluation of the effect of various surgical procedures on blood delivery to the patellar tendon of dogs.  American Journal of Veterinary Research, 77(5): 548-555.  https://www.doi.org/10.2460/ajvr.77.5.548

  • Taylor, S., Minor, K., Shmon, C.L., Shelton, G.D., Patterson, E.E., Mickelson, J.R.  2016.  Border collie collapse: Owner survey results and veterinary description of videotaped episodes.  Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, 52(6): 364-370.  https://www.doi.org/10.5326/JAAHA-MS-6436

  • Taylor, S., Shmon, C., Su, L., Epp, T., Minor, K., Mickelson, J., Patterson, E., Shelton, G.D.  2016.  Evaluation of dogs with border collie collapse, including response to two standardized strenuous exercise protocols.  Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, 52(5): 281-290.  https://www.doi.org/10.5326/JAAHA-MS-6361

  • Belanger, R., Shmon, C.L., Gilbert, P.J., Linn, K.A.  2014.  Prevalence of circumcaval ureters and double vena cava in cats.  American Journal of Veterinary Research, 75(1): 91-95.  https://www.doi.org/10.2460/ajvr.75.1.91

  • Osinchuk, S., Taylor, S.M., Shmon, C.L., Pharr, J., Campbell, J.  2014.  Comparison between core temperatures measured telemetrically using the CorTemp® ingestible temperature sensor and rectal temperature in healthy Labrador Retrievers at rest and during strenuous exercise.  Canadian Veterinary Journal, 55(10): 939-945. 

  • El-Hadi, M., Charavaryamath, C., Aebischer, A., Shmon, C., Singh, B.  2012.  Expression of IL-8 and ICAM-1 in synovial membrane and cranial cruciate ligament in dogs following rupture of cranial cruciate ligament.  Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research, 76(1): 8-15.

  • Plesman, R., Sharma, A., Gilbert, P., Campbell, J., Johnston, J.D, Shmon, C., Linn, K.  2012. Radiographic landmarks for measurement of cranial tibial subluxation in the canine cruciate ligament deficient stifle.  Veterinary Comparative Orthopedic and Traumatology, 25(6): 478-487.  https://www.doi.org/10.3415/VCOT-12-02-0017   

  • Cosford, K.L., Shmon, C.L., Myers, S.L., Taylor, S.M., Carr, A.P., Steiner, J.M., Suchodolski, J.S., Mantovani, F.  2010.  Prospective evaluation of laparaoscopic pancreatic biopsies in 11 healthy cats.  Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 24(1): 104-113.  https://www.doi.org/10.1111/j.1939-1676.2009.0420.x

  • Gilbert, P.J., Shmon, C.L., Linn, K.A., Singh, B.  2010.  Macroscopic and microvascular blood supply of the canine common calcaneal tendon.  Veterinary Comparative Orthopedics and Traumatology, 23(2):81-86. https://www/doi.org/10.3415/VCOT-09-05-0057