What to expect from us

Veterinary Agri-Health Services Ltd. is a health management oriented veterinary practice based in Alberta that provides high quality professional services to feedlot and cow/calf operations across western Canada.  These services focus on three areas: (1) animal health and production related management strategies and problem solving, (2) animal well being and product quality, and (3) producer education and information transfer.  Our services include vaccination,  treatment and parasite control programs, nutritional advice, computerized record systems and health monitoring, regular consultation and reproductive health visits, as well as...

Who we are

Veterinary Agri-Health Services Ltd. is a dedicated team of individuals who bring a wealth of experience to beef veterinary practice and strive to deliver excellent customer service.  The team consists of Dr. Michael Jelinski, Dr. Craig Dorin, Dr. Cody Creelman, Dr. Megan Simard, Dr. Paul Hardes and our faculty member from the University of Calgary – Dr. Karin Orsel, along with our excellent support staff – Marlene Shiels, Corissa Boychuk, Ceanna Tannas, RVT and JoAnn Miller. Dr. Michael Jelinski received his Bachelor of Science in Biology (B.Sc.) in 1981 from the University of Regina and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine...

About VAHS

The mission of Veterinary Agri-Health Services Ltd. (VAHS) is to provide client focused veterinary services and expertise in animal health and welfare, production medicine, food safety and field research. The practice was founded in 1993 and from the beginning our goal was to work collaboratively with our beef cattle clients to provide leading edge comprehensive herd health programs.  It has always been our philosophy that if our clients were successful we would be successful.  As the needs of the cattle industry have evolved so has the practice and now in addition to the delivery of herd health programs to feedlot and cow/calf...

Allflex RS420 Stick Reader

Looking to upgrade your RFID reader or make a first-time purchase? VAHS is currently recommending the Allflex RS420 Stick Reader. General benefits to your operation A portable hand-held RFID scanning device can be beneficial on farm, chute-side, and in pasture. With a wave of the wand the 15 digit RFID/CCIA number is recorded with a time and date stamp, making identifying animals easy and accurate. The records can then be downloaded and exported for use or with the Bluetooth capability, RFID numbers can be scanned directly into enabled programs. Features of the Allflex RS420 Notable features of the Allflex RS420 include, but not limited to:...

Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey Results

    Did you participate in the Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey? The results are now available! The survey was distributed this winter and the information collected was based on the 2014 calving season and 2013 breeding season. The results from the survey set benchmarks for production performance that producers can aim towards. Check out this link to see the results!  

New intranasal vaccine by Merck

Recently Merck Animal Health launched a new tool in the fight against Bovine Respiratory Disease in Canada. Once PMH IN has label claim as an aid in the control of respiratory disease caused by Mannheimia haemolytica and as an aid in the prevention of disease caused by Pasteurella multocida. the as an aid in the control of respiratory disease caused by Mannheimia haemolytica and as an aid in the prevention of disease caused by Pasteurella multocida. Check out this video from the National Beef Cattleman’s...

Estimating Your Farm’s Greenhouse Gas Emissi...

You may be thinking more about the environment and how farms and ranches can become more sustainable. There are several tools available to estimate your farm’s greenhouse gas emissions; there are a couple of examples below that you can try for free.   Holos is a farm model software program. It predicts your GHG emissions based on the values you enter and helps you to find ways to reduce those emissions.   Cool Farm Tool is also a calculator to estimate your farms greenhouse gas emissions, but is available in a downloadable...

What Beef Producers Need to Know about Antimicrobi...

Check out this great new video from the Beef Cattle Research Council, starring our very own Dr. Craig Dorin and Animal Health Technician extraordinaire Ceanna Tannas. In this video, various industry experts outline antimicrobial usage in the beef cattle industry. Overall it is a great update on what the industry is doing to ensure antimicrobials are used responsibly and...

Body Condition Scoring and Your Bottom Line

Body condition scoring is a useful way to evaluate herd health and should be utilized on farm settings. This useful link will help you to learn more about body condition scoring and how to use it on your farm to optimize profits.