Steve Kruzeniski, B.Sc. (Regina), DVM (Saskatchewan)
Veterinarian, Director, World Vets Latin American Training Centre – Granada, Nicaragua
Steve graduated from Campion College with a Bachelor of Science in 2008.
Professors strive to provide a good education to their students in a large part, because of the mentorship they have received. What better than to continue that legacy, take one’s best skills and knowledge learned at college, and share it with others around the world? It’s this legacy that Dr. Steve Kruzeniski continues in his role as Director of the World Vets Latin American Training Centre in Granada, Nicaragua:
“From helping small farmers in Africa to hosting large-scale sterilization campaigns across the Caribbean, Central American and parts of Asia” the centre is also a large training facility that “provides veterinary training opportunities to students and professionals from around the world. We are able to provide free service and education to communities lacking accessibility.”
After graduating from Dr. Martin LeBoldus, Steve received a Bachelor of Science degree through Campion before heading to Saskatoon’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine to complete his DVM.
Steve cherishes his time at Campion and feels grateful to be surrounded by all “the incredible people I had a chance to meet and work with. University can be a challenging time in a young person’s development. At Campion, I always felt supported and encouraged by the welcoming community.”
His sense of accomplishment is determined by the success his students achieve when reaching their dreams, “I have had numerous graduates go on to complete their goals and become certified veterinarians in the US or Canada. Hearing of their success allows me to measure my own.”
Moving forward, Steve wants to help communities in Nicaragua adopt health principles with a holistic approach. Working horses are integral to the local economy and owners naturally develop strong bonds with their animals. He says: “One Health is a growing field where we examine the health of a community or population at the intersection between humans, animals, and the environment…We work with people who depend on animals for income, sustenance, or companionship and the health of these animals directly correlates with the health of the people who interact with them.”
Steve defines his community on a global scale and feels gratitude for the chance to deliver his talents to faraway places where they are needed most. Like those Jesuit teachers he admires from his Campion days, Steve says, “I have been blessed with the opportunity to utilize my skills and knowledge in regions where they are most needed. I feel fortunate that I can pass this knowledge onto others with similar aspirations.”